Urgent help needed PH

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  1. Jakkie Steenkamp

    Jakkie Steenkamp

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    Hi I need some help please.

    Can low PH levels slow down the cycling process of a new system?
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    what do you think is low?
     
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    it measures 8.0. What do you think?
     
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    What is your ph now
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    between 8 amd 8.3 is fine
     
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    its 8 now
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    If it drops to 7.8 then you should try figure out if there is a problem.

    Are your lights on?
    Is the tank in a closed room during the day?

    These things can affect the ph of your tank
     
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    yes the lights is on and its in a closed room.
    the ammonia is 0
    nitrite 0 and nitrate 0

    its only the ph thats on 8.

    tha tank has been cycling for about 4 weeks now and there is alot of brown algae but no green yet.
     
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    The brown is most likely diatoms and is common during cycling
     
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    like marius said, it is diatoms more than likely. it is not a given that you will get green algea
    with a closed room during the day you might have elevated levels of co2 in the room. try to leave a window open for a few hours and then test your ph. but i would not worry to much about the ph at this stage
     
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    8.0 is 100%
    as long as it does not sway more than 0.4 maximum during the day.

    Do your tank have those glass sliders on top of the display? Is your sump completely closed off or within a closed cabinet? Any fans that can help with the gas exchange?
     
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    no it`s open.
    Doesn`t look like anyone is to worried about this so I`ll just wait some more
     
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    good points too Riaan
     
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