we're about 1.5-2 weeks into it now, can't rightly remember how long to be honest. I've done as many members have advised and purchased an API master liquid test kit, ran the tests earlier and came up with these numbers
PH- hard to tell between 8.0-8.2
Ammonia-Between 0 and .25ppm
Nitrate- just a ting darker than the 0ppm not enough to be 5ppm however.
Now I know my PH is ridiculous high, water comes out of the tap between 7.8-8.0.
This leads me to believe that I'll be housing some high PH tolerant fish because the alkalinity of my water is also very high.(test strips ran 300). And a Reverse Osmosis system is just out of the question as far as price and setting it up go.
For anyone that has read my other posts the Blue Gourami is coming around, I've added some live plants for more cover just in case she is shying away from the Opaline Gourami, she's lifted off the bottom and is hanging out behind the new foliage. Byron mentioned the use of Peat as a water softener to me but I am unfarmiliar and have yet to come across any simplified explanations of how to use it.
If anyone else has a high PH tank I'd like to hear from you, what fish you house and if you've ever tried lowering your PH levels to sustain other fish! I don't plan on messing with the water softeners until the tank has cycled per Byron's advice. Thanks in advance for your commentsdictionary.com