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    4 Weeks into Cycle - No diatom - low ph

    Hi All,

    I'm hoping I can get some advise for my 20G Long tank. My question is primarily about my PH being really low and also that I've had 0 diatom blooms for 4 weeks of my cycle . I've included my situation below for reference.

    I've been cycling for about 4 weeks now and i'm thinking my cycle hasn't started at all. I basically placed everything in my tank and took initial readings and then went on a 3 week vacation (helped me not touch anything) during the cycle . I came back and took some readings and basically saw that the tank had the below chemistry specs.
    0 - ammonia/nitrate/nitrate
    0 - phosphate
    7.9 - PH
    6 - dKH

    During the third week I phantom fed a quarter of a shrimp every other day. At the end of the week 3/now week 4 I'm getting the readings below. My primary concern is that my PH is really low and also that my chemistry seems like it's done cycling . I hadn't had any diatom bloom or any algae growing which is also new to me. I did a water change to see if it raises my PH (20%) but no dice. I'm hoping someone can share their experience and hopefully guide me in dealing with ph .

    Specs Below:
    20G Long
    10lbs of Live rock - 10lbs Dead Rock
    20 caribsea Sand - (1 inch sand bed)
    Jebao SW4 + Hydor Koralia for water motion
    No Light (decided to wait till cycle was finished to buy one)
    Only using RO/DI water

    4 Week chemistry
    0 - ammonia/nitrate/nitrate
    0 - phosphate
    7.9 - PH - i didn't measure initially but saltwater going in is usually 8.1
    7 - dKH

    Thanks in advance!

    Set up date: October Still Planning Display Size: 20G Long Total Water In System: 20G Do you have a sump? NO
    Do you have a refugium? NO Amount of Liverock: 20lbs Mixed Depth of Sandbed: 1" Salinity level: 1.024
    ALK level: 7dkh Ammonia: 0 Nitrate: 0 Nitrite: 0
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: n/a
    n/a n/a None
    Fish and Inverts: n/a Corals: n/a
     

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    Re: 4 Weeks into Cycle - No diatom - low ph

    your tank may have cycled and you missed it
    i like that you left lights out and thats why you have no algae.
    when you turn lights on youll see PH higher

    one question what saltmix are you using.

    Set up date: November 2011 Display Size: 60"x36"x24"=225 Total Water In System: 152 Do you have a sump? YES
    Do you have a refugium? NO Amount of Liverock: 100LBS MARCO ROCK,20 LBS JACKARTA ROCK Depth of Sandbed: 4" Salinity level: 1.025
    ALK level: 8 Ammonia: 0 Nitrate: 0 Nitrite: 0
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: 450
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    Re: 4 Weeks into Cycle - No diatom - low ph

    What's the status on your system right now?

    Set up date: August 2004 Display Size: 90 Gallon Total Water In System: 90 gallons Do you have a sump? NO
    Do you have a refugium? NO Amount of Liverock: 30++ lbs Depth of Sandbed: 1++ inch Salinity level: 1.026
    ALK level: To Come .. Ammonia: To Come .. Nitrate: N/A Nitrite: N/A
    What lighting are you using? What skimmer are you using? Calcium Reactor? Calcium level: To Come ..
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