02-28-2008, 08:38 PM
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I just retested my water:
The plants are real. I have 3 Bleheri plants and 1 i'm unsure of.
The water is very fresh. I originally bought a 29 gallon tank and began to cycle it for a week to give me a chance to research the fish i wanted. When i realized how limited i was, i upgraded to a 55 gallon and transfered all the water, rocks, and used the same bio filter screen thing in my larger filter. So, much of the water is fresh because of the upgrade.
The fish are all African Cichlids. I added some "Cichlid Essential" which I thought was going to raise my pH and hardness, but I guess it is strictly mineral supplement and I still need to add something additional.
Now that you ask, these test strips don't even test ammonia, so i will have to invest in something better. The liquid test kits i have been seeing in the stores didn't test hardness, so i thought these strips were a good route. I will have to invest in a good liquid test kit soon.
I'm very new to this, but i did a lot of research. I think i may have been slightly misled by my LFS. I have read a cichlid book from the library and a LOT of material all over the web.