Question How To Quickly Raise Ph/kh While Fishless Cycling?

aoiumi

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I'm fishless cycling and want to raise the KH and possibly pH in the tank. There's a long story as to why this won't matter when I'm done cycling or why the water in the tank has such low levels, but, as far as I am aware the nitrifying bacteria won't mind a sudden parameter change. What can I do to quickly raise it, preferably with something I could get at most supermarkets. I likely won't be able to get things from online or specialty stores for a bit.
 

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I would increase the KH and the pH should follow. I use nt labs KH up but I suppose you could use sodium bicarbonate from the baking isle. I don't know how much sodium bicarbonate you should add so best to add a little at a time and retest. I would get a proper aquarium product before adding fish but SB should be fine for cycling.
 
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"sodium bicarbonate" You mean baking soda, yes? or might there be something else in baking sode I wouldn't want in my tank?
 

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Yes baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, there is also baking powder which also contains cream of tartar. Check the label.
 

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Baking soda won't harm the tank but start slowly and dissolve prior to adding it. E sure your parameters have returned to normal prior to stocking your tank.
 

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Yes you can always do what professional fish keepers do to raise and stabilize ph. Simply add 1 teaspoon of baking soda per 5 gallons of water in your tank. I suggest per 10 gallons. Works just fine as I have done it along with thousands of others.
 
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