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ADA Aquasoil and parameters

I know Ada Aquasoil is notorious for Ammonia spikes but I have been cycling for almost a month! The tank is well planted and the filter and heater are running so it's all set i'm itching to get my fish in there. Problem is my last parameter test showed ammonia through the roof, no nitrite and a ph of 6.0. Does this mean it's not cycling? Shouldn't there be some bacteria converting ammonia to nitrite? Also, my tap water is 7.0 is it typical for the aquasoil to drop Ph a whole degree?
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Have you been doing the recommended 50% bi-weekly water changes? This will go a long way to helping the ammonia spike.
And a full point drop wouldn't be out of the ordinary for aquasoil... thats what it does best.


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I need to be better about water changes and I'm sure that will help. I'm a little concerned about the apparent lack of beneficial bacteria in the tank. Thanks for your quick response. I knew that Aquasoil had it's pluses and minuses but I didn't know I was so impatient.
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You don't want to see any nitrites, the fact that you can't detect any is a good sign. Agree about the water changes being helpful. I got both of my aquasoil tanks to cycle in 2 weeks by doing daily water changes. You probably should have done at least bi-weekly water changes. The ammonia is food for the plants, though, so other than the impatience factor you are on the right track. The pH drop you are experiencing is normal.
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When the pH drops below 6.0 the N-bacteria shut down, so you need to keep up those water changes to keep the process going.





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