We did look at the African Cichlids, my husband loves the electric yellow, but I saw on liveaquaria.com that most of the A. Cichlids minimum gallon tank is 50. Sadly I have a 46.
When testing the water I used strips and tube test. It was hard to read the ph, I used both for ph and high ph, and it read around 7.8 or 8.0.
I tested the tank water, How different would the tests be if I tested the tap water? I already knew that the water would be hard because when we boil water calcium builds up on the side.
I had fertilized substrate in the tank, about a year old, and put in more fertilized substrate ( this one is kind of muddy). Only thing else in the tank are two logs, boiled the tannins out when I set up the tank the first time.
Thanks for all the quick responses!