I apparently have some jacked up water where I live. I've posted the WQ report in case anyone is curious: It's a PDF, ya'll.
I cannot make sense of the report, so hopefully someone smarter than me can. From my tests, I have determined I have high pH and kH, but my water is super soft. I'm using API dip sticks for the gH and kH (I test pH with the drops from the API master kit. However, I will order a liquid test soon. No store here carries them.) Here are my readings, the first number is aged water for water changes, and the second number is my tanks readings.
pH: 8.0; 8.4
kH: 240ppm; 240 ppm (highest reading available on both)
gH: 0; 0
The water straight out of the tap tests the same as aged water, only a slightly lower pH.
I know that dip sticks can be inaccurate, but I was getting anxious after two deaths in my cherry tank so I had to check other parameters as the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels were all gravy.
I mainly want to try and successfully start a colony of cherry shrimp, and I can't have them dying in my hands. If my water is indeed soft, and is very alkaline, what course of action should I take?