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I’ve been trying to cycle my 5.5g tank for over a month. Seeded sponge, media from 30g tank but no luck. I have one Betta in the tank and use Prime every day.  Some days I have less ammonia and it appears I have some nitrates. No nitrites (API text kit). I took my water to Petco today to get a second opinion with their test strips and it says no ammonia.  My test tube shows light green and not yellow.  I’ve read that low PH can cause slow cycling. My PH is 6 or under.  I’m obsessing with this little tank. Every morning testing water.  Help.

 

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Thanks for the reply.  My Betta is doing good.  I do feed him three times a day but very little and he eats all of it.  I will drop down to once a day and stop adding the Prime every day and see what happens.  I failed to mention I have floating plants, some Java Fern and one other thing my old brain can’t remember. Could that have anything to do with less Nitrates?

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What was it, some treatments turn ammonia into ammonium, and the test kits cannot always distinguish? It may be worth buying some test strips just to compare against the liquid drops. Helps to compare in the event the drops go bad or got tainted over time. I typically rely on strips for the quick check and use the drops when I want a more precise reading.

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On 7/21/2021 at 12:52 AM, The Goatee said:

What was it, some treatments turn ammonia into ammonium, and the test kits cannot always distinguish? It may be worth buying some test strips just to compare against the liquid drops. Helps to compare in the event the drops go bad or got tainted over time. I typically rely on strips for the quick check and use the drops when I want a more precise reading.

It’s Philodendron.  I have the whole leaves and roots in there.  It’s not an aquarium plant but I’ve seen it in other setups growing OUT of the water.  The test strip didn’t test for ammonium.  I mentioned it but I don’t believe she knew what that was.  

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I don’t know anything about kh and gh but I ordered the kit today. When I do water changes the ph goes up slightly then as the day goes by it goes back down.  Something is causing it.  I’ve read that BB cannot survive below 6ppm PH so maybe kh is causing drop in PH and that’s why I’ve never seen nitrites.  Does this make sense?  Before this is over I’m going to know all about kh and gh.

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On 7/23/2021 at 6:36 PM, BrendaW said:

I don’t know anything about kh and gh but I ordered the kit today. When I do water changes the ph goes up slightly then as the day goes by it goes back down.  Something is causing it.  I’ve read that BB cannot survive below 6ppm PH so maybe kh is causing drop in PH and that’s why I’ve never seen nitrites.  Does this make sense?  Before this is over I’m going to know all about kh and gh.

The Fish Keeper’s Guide to pH, GH, and KH | Water Chemistry 101 – Aquarium Co-Op (aquariumcoop.com)

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Thanks all for advice on my Betta tank.  I received the kh/gh test kit and the results are 2d/3d.  Last Friday the PH was 6.6.  The next day it was 7.6.  Sunday it was 6. I did a large WC due to ammonia readings. Today the PH is 7.2.  The PH is all over the place. Should I put some crushed coral in the tank and if so how much? My cycle is stalled.  I have none or very little nitrate and zero nitrites.  Ammonia is still .25.

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