yeah I removed the rubberband and rinsed the roots...immediately the plants seemed to like the root freedom and noticed visible bubbles along the leaves.
@ shrimp - thanks for the heads up and thanks on the rock.
new chemical levels as of today are:
pH - 6.0
NH - 0
NO2 - 0
NO3 - 20
pH has dropped considerably with each test which have been four days apart. I would like to add some guppies but have read that they like their pH to be closer to neutral. Do you guys think I should add some crushed coral to help buffer the pH? Or do you think that the pH level might rise to a more acceptable region with a 20% water change?