I have my tank up and running, lots of plants, silica sand, treated with a dose of fertilizer and stress coat for dechlorination. No fish yet, wanted to make sure the tank was stable first. It looks like my set up is going through some PH swings. I had the water tested on Thurs, right after I finished filling it up and starting the filter. 7.6-7.8 range. Turns out my tap water is about 7.6 ish. Not so bad. Had my water retested today. 6.8 and no buffers (at least I believe that is what she said).
She believes this is just my tank going through it's start up, and will even out after a month or two, but for the mean time to use a PH stabilizer. I piked up neutral regulator by Seachem (yep, their stuff again!). I haven't added it yet, just wanted to see what other folks have to say, or can suggest. I'd rather not go too much into chemically treating my tank if I can avoid it, but realize it may be necessary.
If I do go ahead and add the Ph stabilizer, she said I can look forward to an algae bloom.
Any one out there have any experience with this? Or anything like it.