09-29-2012, 06:10 PM
| || | Starting a new tank, 5 gallons...
First off I ordered a 16 gallon tank, and stuff to prepare it for live plants, but in the meantime I purchased a simple 5 gallon tank and got it setup today. (Freshwater)
I'm new to this, but I put in a test strip to see how my water is going to be (ppm):
0 - Nitrate (NO3) mg/L
0 - Nitrate (NO2) mg/L
0 - Total Hardness (GH)
300 - Total Alkalinity (KH)
8.4 - pH (Maxed out on chart)
This looks horrible. This is just my tap water. What can I do to get this tank ready? I want fresh water tropical fish and maybe some shrimp.