Hi Mikes and Rex:
Gee you guys are great!
Well here is my test results today:
kh 3.0 (climbing)
gh 8 or 9 (son came in while I was counting so I lost count)
Bowl of Flourite, with no chemicals
Bowl with egg rocks and no chemicals
I think I will let the bowls "cook" a few days to see what happens, if all stays level I'll add the Start Right and ACE, then monitor that.
For the tank I think a 50% water change would do okay around Wed or Thurs. (was going to do it sooner but the pet stores are completely out of the bottled bio germies).
I was going to set up another bowl with just water and a air stone, but that could goof up the tests on the tank, since I would need to cut the air flow in the tank by 50%
Ah with all the help you have been giving, I think I become something more than a fish exterminator
One other note, I have two neighbors that have tanks, one a 50 gal with 2 chilids and a plcostomis (sp) his is fine, but the other has a 29 gal that had tetras, she lost all but one a few months ago, in a well established tank, with no previous probs. My husband suggested that something has gone astray with our water supply.
thanks again everyone!