Ph Of 8 Affecting Fishless Cycle?

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Hi everyone,

I posted a little over a week ago with a question about cycling my new 20 gallon aquarium. I took some suggestions from that thread (TSS+, after doing a small water change) and have been monitoring. I also removed some driftwood, mainly for aesthetic reasons because it was darkening my water too much for my liking.

I should note that I only put the TSS+ in yesterday so I'm not expecting any huge changes yet, but when I checked my pH this morning is was 8. I have read that low pH can stall a cycle, but what about high pH?

I'm about 3 weeks into the fishless cycle, and my readings essentially haven't changed since the end of the first week... Ammonia 2ppm, Nitrites 0.25-0.5 ppm.
 
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I haven't tested for nitrates yet, but I will go do that right now and post my results. I am using the API liquid tests from the freshwater master kit.
 

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Yeah I have a ph of 8.2 to 8.4 and my tank cycle surprisingly easily! Never had an issue with cycling and my cycles usually finish within 3-4 weeks.
 
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Nitrates right now are 5ppm.

Mary765 said:
Yeah I have a ph of 8.2 to 8.4 and my tank cycle surprisingly easily! Never had an issue with cycling and my cycles usually finish within 3-4 weeks.
Ok good to know! I guess in my mind a pH in the 8ish range seems high, but it seems like it's actually pretty normal
 

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fish_ninja said:
Ok good to know! I guess in my mind a pH in the 8ish range seems high, but it seems like it's actually pretty normal
Depends on your location but a high ph is much more common than a low ph
 

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standard drinking water is anywhere from 6.5 to 8.5. Cichlid tanks are 7.8 to 8.5 or better. pH is not the problem
 
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