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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-22-2018, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Aquasoil Cycling PH

I'm cycling my tank with aquasoil and the ph is sitting around 6-6.2 a day after a 50% water change with tap water around 7-7.2 ph. My kh/gh is very low out of the tap and was wondering if I will encounter issues cycling at this PH. I have baking soda I can add to raise the KH and PH after a water change, but I'm not sure if the aquasoil will quickly buffer it out.

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No mention of anything like that in ADA's how to set up a planted tank. They would probably have included it if needed. One thing to note is that they do mention daily water changes.

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When I was cycling with aquasoil the ph was around 6.6. Took like 6-8 weeks to cycle. I wouldn't add anything that increases kH because you'll just strip the soil of its buffering capacity. Monitor your ammonia levels and keep it between 2-3 ppm with water changes.
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Don't use tap water . I pretty sure they recommend ro
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During cycling, you need some form of carbonate to feed the bacteria to get them growing. You absolutely should be using RO, but if you cycle the media in the tank and not in something else like a bucket or other tank, you will need to use tap or add baking soda.

Personally, I'd cycle with high heat and high pH in a bucket and then move the filter to the new tank.
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You are totally fine as is, just let it cycle.
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