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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.

So,
PH 6 or lower
KH 0 or 1
GH 8
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.

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I've got soilmaster in a few tanks and never experience a ph drop. What is the kh of your tap?
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I use soilmaster in two of my tanks as well and never saw any pH drop from it.


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If you are adding CO2 that will drop your PH.


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Been using Soilmaster for 4 months, no drop in PH at all.

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Glad to know I'm not crazy.

When up my 80G I used soilmaster. Unless I buffered my already pretty hard water I would see the pH creep down a couple of points per day. After 2 or 3 weeks the issue went away and the tank was just like any other.

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Heyyyyyyyyyyyyy,
I'm glad to hear someone has seen this.....

I'll guess I'll be buffering pretty hard then for the next few weeks.
I wonder why this happens to some, and not others????

Anyone?

(I don't have any driftwood, and the co2 is minimal,
I know about ph drop from co2)
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Did you put any peat down? If so, how much?

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Nope no peat,
Doesn't that soften the water?

I didn't think I needed any of that....

All the tank has is soilmaster and plants.
and 4 dp, 4 oto.
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