Soilmaster ph drop? Cycling issues....
Hiya PT folks,
I just started my 29 gallon, with soilmaster as the substrate.
I noticed the ph is quite a bit lower from where my other tanks stay at.
Most of my other tanks are between 6.6 and 7.
This tank so far has read at 6, but I can't be sure, because that's as low as my tester goes.
PH 6 or lower
KH 0 or 1
Ammonia .25 or less
If I add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda,
it will go up to 6.4 for awhile, but it goes back down to 6 or
lower in one or 2 days. I guess I'm "chasing the dragon"??
Has anyone who uses soilmaster seen this?
The only reason I'm concerned is that I've added biospira,
and I hear it's easy for a tank's cycle to stall out
when the ph stays low like that. True or False?
I added some established filter media yesterday as well
to try to get the cycle jump started as well.
The tank is loaded with plants too, the ammonia has read .25 or lower, but I haven't seen any nitrite yet. It's been running with plants for 2 weeks, but just added some fish and biospira a few days ago.