Let me try to clarify this for you, Carlos ^__^
If your water is too soft, and the pH too low, your tank will be unable to cycle.
Things like crushed coral bring the water hardness UP
Things like Indian Almond leaves bring the water hardness DOWN.
So using your IALeaves, unfortunately, won't help in this situation.
Sandy has asked that you do a bucket test on your pH, because the level you get from testing pH directly from tap may not be exactly accurate. After the water has been allowed to sit and off gas for24 hours or so, you may find that you get a different, more accurate reading, which will give you (and us!) a much better idea of what your pH *actually* is - and allow us to better advise you.
If you're going to be at the pet shop anyway, I HIGHLY recommend that you pick up the
If we could get those
numbers, along with the correct pH - so many questions will be answered. :) If that kit isn't available, but your shop is on the same water as your home - the shopkeepers may be able to provide you with the kh/gh levels (be sure to write them down, and don't accept answers like "soft" or "hard"!) Another option would be to contact your local water supply company - if you're lucky, they'll know the KH and GH of the water, though this is hit-or-miss. I live in a big city, and my water people had NO clue what I was talking about >.>
Hope this helps!
I know it seems SO complex - but your situation is certainly the exception to the rule!!! It isn't usually this difficult! Either way, stick with it, honey! We'll get through this together!!! *HUGS*