Is a pH of 6.8 too low for cycling?

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Hello,

I’m a beginner doing a fish less cycle on my first tank.
The pH is 6.8, is this acidic enough to greatly slow the cycling process?
If it is,is there anything I can do about it?

Thanks so much!
 

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No 6.8 is fine. That’s a good ph. If it drop to 6.2 or lower your cycle will struggle. What is the ph out of the tap?
 

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You don't need to worry too much about PH unless you want fish with specific requirements
 
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86 ssinit said:
No 6.8 is fine. That’s a good ph. If it drop to 6.2 or lower your cycle will struggle. What is the ph out of the tap?
Thank you for your quick response! The pH out of the tap is about 7-7.2, but after sitting out for 24 hours it always drops to about 6.8 and stays there.
 

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Totally fine. At around 6.0 the bacteria stop working, at which point other bacteria take over, thankfully at that pH ammonia isn't that toxic. In any case 6.8 is a good level for most typical aquarium fish except rift lake cichlids and livebearers.
Do you have any driftwood or leaves in the tank?
 
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MacZ said:
Totally fine. At around 6.0 the bacteria stop working, at which point other bacteria take over, thankfully at that pH ammonia isn't that toxic. In any case 6.8 is a good level for most typical aquarium fish except rift lake cichlids and livebearers.
Do you have any driftwood or leaves in the tank?
Thanks for the reply! No driftwood yet, but I’ve been soaking some for over month in a separate container, so hopefully all the tannins will be out soon. And no leaves
 

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Actually tannins are good for the fish, I'd not get all of them out of the wood and add it quite soon. It might lower the pH a little more though.

What's your hardness?
 
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MacZ said:
Actually tannins are good for the fish, I'd not get all of them out of the wood and add it quite soon. It might lower the pH a little more though.

What's your hardness?
I haven’t tested the hardness but I know it’ll be very soft-soft
 

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Better get that cleared early on, the hardness barely changes. Always make notes of your parameters.

Also, low hardness sounds great.
 
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MacZ said:
Better get that cleared early on, the hardness barely changes. Always make notes of your parameters.

Also, low hardness sounds great.
Yes! I’ll test hardness as soon as I can get my hands on some test strips, unfortunately I’m stuck inside right now due to the covid-19 outbreak. I have started testing all the parameters I can with my master test kit for now and am charting them daily:)
 

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Megaanemp said:
Yes! I’ll test hardness as soon as I can get my hands on some test strips, unfortunately I’m stuck inside right now due to the covid-19 outbreak. I have started testing all the parameters I can with my master test kit for now and am charting them daily:)
We're all stuck. No worries. :)

If you chart them, take a look into some Aquarium apps, there are several that I find quite helpful to keep track.
 
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We're all stuck. No worries. :)

If you chart them, take a look into some Aquarium apps, there are several that I find quite helpful to keep track.
Oh that’s good to know! I’ll take a look:)
 

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