Alkalinity Slows Cycle In Freshwater Aquariums?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Dirzo90, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. Dirzo90

    Dirzo90 Valued Member Member

    Does a 8.2 ph slow down a fishless cycle. If so should I start using a neutral regulator?
     
  2. APierce

    APierce Well Known Member Member

    Nope, a ph lower than 7 could slow it down from what I understand.
     
  3. Herkimur

    Herkimur Well Known Member Member

    Nope. I'm at 8.2 and it only took 1 week for Ammonia to be Nitrites, and took 1 more week to turn Nitrites into Nitrates.
    I am down to less than 0.25ppm Nitrites when a few days ago it was over 2.0ppm.

    The cycle is difficult to stick if the PH drops below 6.8 I think.

    So you have no worries.

    If you notice Nitrites sticking around for too long add a pinch of fish flakes/pellets.
     
  4. OP
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    Dirzo90

    Dirzo90 Valued Member Member

  5. Herkimur

    Herkimur Well Known Member Member

    Yes.
     




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