09-08-2011, 03:20 PM
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Not to overwhelm you with too many questions, but what did you check your pH with? If it was with a pH strip, the strip can be very inaccurate as well as outdated. Most of the people here use the API test kit that mixes with samples of your aquarium water.
Also you'll want to cycle your aquarium which can take 4-6 weeks minimum so that everything is ready for your fish. Don't know why fish store is telling you what and when you can buy fish. The best choice as many have stated here is get the fish that survive with your water type.