thanks for the advice...I'm pretty dead set on having a guppy tank with some sort of shrimp (preferably red cherry).
Interestingly the pH of my tank has risen from 6.0 to 6.5ish. Also tested for carb harness and general hardness and got around 40 (ppm) for my carb hardness and 30 (ppm) for my general hardness (although this was done with the dip stick test and not a good test like I did for my NH, pH, NO2, and NO3)
Tested my tap water as well and found it to be very close to neutral and slightly on the alkaline side. I'm wondering if the recent addition of my yeast produced co2 set up caused the drop in pH from the extra production of carbonic acid.