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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-18-2020, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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My tank after 2 weeks from flooding and 5 weeks of DSM:

Tank: 120l (33gs)
PH - 6
KH - 2
NO2 - 0.15
NO3 - 5
NH4 - < 0.05
Lights - 12hrs
Livestock - 0
Soil: Ada Amazonia AquaSoil

For about 5 days I've started adding a bit of fish food into the tank and it apparently it raised nitrites levels a bit (0.05 -> 0.15), does this mean that the tank isn't fully cycled?
Ammonia never had a reading over < 0.05 (JBL test doesn't go lower) and the permanent test I have attached on the aquarium is always on low.
My problem is that I ordered Green Neons, Ottos and Cherry Red Shrimp that will arrive in 3-4 days and I'm not sure the water is right for them.

1) PH seems too low, must be the Amazonia soil and the big driftwood, should I do something about it to raise it a bit? Is this too low and killing the bacteria?
2) KH also seems too low, will this harm the shrimp?
3) Water gets cloudy, I started the UV filter for 6 hrs Friday when the water was cloudy, water was clear Saturday evening, now it's cloudy again. Between Saturday evening and today the only thing changed was a bit of fish food added.
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 01:10 PM
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Your Ph reading is before or after co2 injection?

Amazonia soil leech ammonia initially so you might want to be on top your water change schedule.

KH 2 is ok for your shrimps. Mine is doing ok in KH 0-1.

Are your plants doing well?

Otos might not survive in your tank as they need good water quality to survive. I had 2 otos and I thought my tank was ok since everything was growing well, horned nerite was surviving since day one, but once I had filamentous algae outbreak, the otos left me shortly.. I was quite sad about it..

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