KH Below 10, GH Below 20 - Aqua Soil???
I love the way my plants are taking to the new Aqua Soil however, I am very concerned about my water parameters. I added this soil to my 10 gallon planted tank and it is currently going through a cycle, nitrites are rising as of this morning. When I tested my KH, using the Hagen Test Kit, I added the first drop and the water turned yellow, not blue, which means my KH is below 10, and then when I tested the GH, same thing, water turned blue rather than pink, so the GH is below 20.
The PH is 6.0, should I be concerned? I am not injecting CO2 into this tank either! I know I can add baking soda to raise the KH but what about the general hardness and PH and what if I want to inject CO2? I ordered the Turbo CO2 Bio System by Red Sea for the tank and should be getting it any day now.
As I previously stated, the tank is going through a cycle, even though this tank has been established for 8 months now, I removed the old subtrate before adding the Aqua Soil. I also moved my fish to a larger tank. There are 3 Zebra Danios in there now, which I added on purpose to cycle the tank.
My concern is, I eventually want to move either my Kribs or my Apistos into this tank, once it's established but I'm concerned about the water parameters being so low, what can I do to rectify this problem?