Thank you Quagulator and lks for your insight, it's very helpful/reassuring. I would agree to work with the insanely expensive soil rather than battling it. I'll have to research R/O water as I know nothing about it. I have always kept my PH around 7.6 in the years I've been a fish keeper so I'm not sure what this buffered level of 6.0 spells in terms of fish. I will have to do some research on this as well. The plants are definitely the focal point, but I did want to add a school of small fish down the road.
And lks, great point, I will have to take a pH test tonight as the CO2 was on during the test this morning. I'm glad you said that. I'd have never realized it. It went off at 4pm eastern time so i'll run a test before bed and post results. The upside is I have "green" levels of C02 in my tank, be it cloudy. Some of the plants appear to be pearling already too!
So I ran a test before bed last night about 7 hours after the CO2 shut off and my ph was at 6.6 and my ammonia at 2ppm
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