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As some of you guys know I’m cycling a tank for shrimp. I thought I was ready until they started jumping around. Here is my log since setup of the parameters:
Cherry shrimp tank: Setup on 10/22
Recommended ph - 6.8
Actual
10/22 - 8.4
10/24 - 7.4
10/26 - 6.8
10/28 - 6.4
10/30 - 6.6
11/1 - 6.4
11/4 - 6.8
11/8 - 8.6

Recommended temp - 76° F
Actual
10/22 - 76
10/24 - 78
10/26 - 77
10/28 - 77
10/30 - 78
11/1 - 78
11/4 - 77
11/8 - 77

Recommended Nitrite - 0ppm
Actual
10/22 - 0ppm
10/24 - 0ppm
10/26 - 0ppm
10/28 - 0.5 ppm
10/30 - 0ppm
11/1 - 0ppm
11/4 - 0ppm
11/8 - 0ppm

Recommended Nitrate - <40ppm
Actual
10/22 - 5ppm
10/24 - 10-20ppm
10/26 - 30ppm
10/28 - 30ppm
10/30 - 30ppm
11/1 - 40ppm
11/4 - 20ppm
11/8 - 10ppm

Recommended ammonia- 0 ppm
Actual
10/22 - 0 ppm
10/24 - 2 ppm
10/26 - 4 ppm
10/28 - 2 ppm
10/30 - 1 ppm
11/1 - 0.25 ppm
11/4 - 0ppm
11/8 - 0.5ppm

Recommended KH - 2-4
Actual
10/26 - 3
10/28 - 5
10/30 - 3
11/1 - 5
11/4 - 2
11/8 - 6

Recommended GH - 6-8
Actual
10/26 - 4
10/28 - 3
10/30 - 3
11/1 - 5
11/4 - 5
11/8 - 7

Recommended TDS - 150-200
Actual
10/26 - 146
10/28 - 150
10/30 - 178
11/1 - 220
11/4 - 172
11/8 - 228

Tap Water: (Tested on 10/28)
Ph - 6.4
Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 5ppm
Gh - 2
Kh - 2
TDS - 42

I used Shrimp GH to get the Gh where I wanted it. Have some pest snails and some rams horn snails. I don’t feed anything. Use leaf zone once a week or after water changes, and seachem flourish advance daily to help the plants get started. My main questions is what is up with my ph and why did my ammonia go back up? Thank you! Here’s a pic of tank as well. I have a new heater coming in and planning to drop temp down to 74. And I did a water change on 11/4.
 

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