Well, i bought a freshwater test kit, which tests for ph, and high ph, nitrite, nitrate and ammonia.
Here are my numbers,
Ive since removed the big rock, it looks like it might be a calcium based rock. Im gonna take a couple of pics of my tank and the "rock".
The last water change was done two days ago, roughly 25%. Another water change will be done Wednesday.
I had two cichlids, and both died.
The plants i have are;
1.5 batches Hygrophila polysperma PH range- 5-9 These are doing well, about 15"tall
1 Echinodorus 'rubin' PH range- 5.5-8 This plant has stayed small since day one.
2 Nymphae lotus (zenkeri) PH range- 5-8
The water temperature is 75-76 Deg F.
How do i change the sand (Actually there is blue and pink gravel mixed in, maybe 40%). If the sand is my problem, then i want it out.
I have two filters, my filter/pump is the marineland unit the tank kit came with.
My flourescent light is 24" 7000K daylight, on for 10hrs a day. "Lightning rod" brand.
Am i missing any info?
I want to keep a few cichlids and swordtails, and some shrimp. But if i have remove the sand, i need to figure out what to do.
I still think i should be trying to shoot for a lower PH.
Thanks for the space,