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Old 11-07-2010, 03:22 PM   #381 
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Okay, I bought a bag of flourite for my tank... do I rinse before putting it in or just put it in? Also, do I gravel vac it or leave it be during weekly cleanings?
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:38 PM   #382 
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Is a pH of 6.6 too low for cycling an aquarium.

I have a piece of driftwood in a 5 gallon tank I'm trying to cycle, and it seems to be lowering the pH down to about 6.6. (The tap water is usually around 7.2 or 7.4)

I read somewhere that if the pH is too low, the bacteria can't do their job. Just trying to get my cycling going!
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Fluorite you need to rinse.. and rinse a LOT. If you don't your going to have a cloudy tank for days. If your planting the tank you will not need to use the gravel vac on it.

ETA.. I've never heard anything about a low pH affecting a cycle.
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:16 PM   #384 
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I guess I've got a lot of water changes to do. :P It looks like lake Allatoona on a good day (really really really murky and gross).
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Yep.. do a LOT of changes and if you have an extra filter I'd double up on the filtration to help it clear faster.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:21 AM   #386 
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Is a pH of 6.6 too low for cycling an aquarium.

I have a piece of driftwood in a 5 gallon tank I'm trying to cycle, and it seems to be lowering the pH down to about 6.6. (The tap water is usually around 7.2 or 7.4)

I read somewhere that if the pH is too low, the bacteria can't do their job. Just trying to get my cycling going!
pH can affect the cycling but it is at levels of 4.8 and lower
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:40 AM   #387 
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pH can affect the cycling but it is at levels of 4.8 and lower
Aah thanks for the answer! I've been trying to re-cycle my tank, but I can't seem to get any nitrites. I was worried that the pH (which is now 6.4) was affecting the bacteria.
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Do you know your KH/GH-it may be buffering issues if your pH keep dropping
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Do you know your KH/GH-it may be buffering issues if your pH keep dropping
No - how do you test for it?

I think it's the piece of driftwood that I've recently put in. pH wasn't a problem before I put the driftwood in.
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Water test just like the pH test

I would do a pH test on your source water first.....it take 24h to get an accurate pH test
Draw a clean glass of your source water-do a pH test and write it down and if you can add an airstone- and wait 24h and re-test the pH and compare the two readings and then do a pH test on your tank and compare these numbers-this will tell you if something in your tank is causing your pH to drop-
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