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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.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?
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 leavesMacZ 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?
I haven’t tested the hardness but I know it’ll be very soft-softMacZ 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?
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 dailyMacZ said:Better get that cleared early on, the hardness barely changes. Always make notes of your parameters.
Also, low hardness sounds great.
We're all stuck. No worries.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
Oh that’s good to know! I’ll take a lookMacZ said: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.