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Hello looking for help 

I recently set up my fluval evo aquarium with just dry rock and coral sand and I have no filtration set up yet as per the advice just a power head and bio media .. I added my Dr tims bacteria and 1 drop of ammonia per gallon after I tested my water parameters the following day my nitrite read 0,2 and my ammonia 3ppm, so I didn't add anymore ammonia and checked today my levels are the exssact same? My pH has also been 7 both days I understand its low but it says not to mess with pH until tank fully cycled? Any advice would be appreciated 

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Clown79

I wouldn't worry about the ph, especially not now. don't chase it. It fluctuates throughout the day as is effected by photosynthesis.

 

It takes time for bacteria to build to process the ammonia.

 

Did you add any bacteria supplement like biospira?

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Def20

Thanks for the reply

I only used Dr Tim's one and only nitrifying bacteria and the ammonia 

I just thought my ammonia would be going down by now and my nitrites going up. 

My reading have been the same 2 days in a row is this normal 

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Clown79
9 minutes ago, Def20 said:

Thanks for the reply

I only used Dr Tim's one and only nitrifying bacteria and the ammonia 

I just thought my ammonia would be going down by now and my nitrites going up. 

My reading have been the same 2 days in a row is this normal 

Yes its normal. There is no time frame set to how long each one takes. It takes time for bacteria to build to process the ammonia.

 

Cycles can take up to 6 weeks.

 

Here's Dr Tim's full guide.

 

http://www.drtimsaquatics.com/resources/fishless-cycling

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Def20

Whatsup 

Another question for you

My tank is still cycling definitely moving in the right direction, and I know you said not to be concerned with my pH at 7 for the time being but my Kh is reading at 15+ how is my pH still so low 🤔 I'm confused I have plenty of surface agitation in my tank and  my bedroom window is constantly open for co2 but could it be from having a lid on my tank maybe? 

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Ratvan

PH naturally changes throughout the day, the last time i tested it was swinging between 7.8 and 8.5

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