So I had a couple thread started about this but I thought I'd make this new one so no one that doesn't want to have to go thru the whole thing again but here they are if you want to have a better idea of the whole picture.
So basically I have this pond in my vivarium (I guess we could call it a palludarium at that point..)
I have a total of 50 gallons of water in the whole system; 20 in the sump, 30 in the tank but fishes will only be swimming in 5gallons cause the rest is separated by fiber glass mesh.
I have 500ml of sintered glass (Matrix stuff)... a lot of submerged bioballs, bio ceramic rolls thingy and pot scrubbers in the sump... a lot more than I should ever need.
I been trying to do cycle but I noticed PH keeps dropping back to 6-6.5 because of all the tannins... I managed to see a bit of nitrite at some point but never a whole lot... never saw any nitrate... ammonia keeps disappearing REAL fast...
What's going on??!!?
I thought ammonia was transformed into nitrite, then nitrate and that nitrate would accumulate and never leave the system until you do water change?! Am i wrong? does nitrate slowly leave the water?!
So after SEVERAL weeks of doing this, I just notice that ALL my readings are always at 0... PH ~6.5.. I had been adding a lot of baking soda trying to keep PH up but it always go back down so I stopped... now my TDS is 400.
My current fish tank is only 40 with normal parameter, no ammonia, no nitrite, lil bit of nitrate. PH 7
I been adding only RO water (2ppm) to both tank so obviously I raised my TDS to very high so I am wondering what to do now...
I was thinking that maybe because of the acidity problem along with the fact my sump is overkill, with so few fishes in there maybe I can just ignore the cycle and it will naturally occur as I don't think 15-20 guppies, 6oto, 5 mickey mouse fish can spoil the water?
Maybe do 90% water change to get rid of all that baking soda and tannins?
Oh yeah... I guess I could mention that the water return goes thru a stream that has a pretty crazy algae issue... it's pretty disgusting ahha
not sure what to do bout that too...
Anyways, I'll let you peeps ask me questions if I didn't put enough info in there and hope someone can help me out!!!
Thanks in advance.