I managed to cycle my new ADA Amazonia 60 gallon low tech/ excel tank in just 2.5 weeks by using filter media from another tank in an Oase 600 cannister. It went very smooth with no cloudiness, no algae at all, and no plant death.
I went with the light product with all the bells and whistles( $300 cost if you were wondering) thinking it wouldn't drop my Kh so much. Parameters as of today:
Ph- 6.7. Drop from degassed tap water Ph of 7.7
Phosphates- 3. After adjustment from 0.
Hardness- 4. No drop from tap.
Alkalinity- .3, that's point 3. A drop from 5 for tap water
Coming from a reef background, I can't quite wrap my head around the near zero alkalinity. Experienced aquarists, tell me again that's it's okay at .3( point 3) dKh and don't worry about it regarding plants.
I know I do need to worry about it when acclimating fish and plan on a very slow drip procedure.
And what about the effect of .3 dKh on fish, do I need to worry about my fish species when stocking?
Last edited by mboley; 06-22-2019 at 11:47 AM.