1st Planted Tank (Need Some Help Please)
So this is my first planted tank that I started about a week ago and needed some help. Here are the current spec's on this tank:
Tank Size: 10 gallons
Lighting: Life-Glo 18" 15W T8 6700K
DIY CO2 (Yeast-Sugar) Reactor
Current water temp: ~77 F
Rotala Macranda (pet store owner gave to me for free for some reason)
Well here are my questions. I did a pH test on this tank this afternoon and found the pH level to be about 8.2 or something like that (my pH testing kit only goes up to 7.6 so based on the color would be around an 8.2 or so). Is this bad for my plants? And if I ever wanted to put shrimp and or cardinal tetras in would this be harmful to them? If so how could I change the pH level without harming the plants? (I have another 10g tank with 1 angel, 4 corys, 1 loach, and two 6" sword plants at a pH level at around 7.6 and all have seemed to be fine for the past year).
I had 6 tetra that the pet store owner gave me as well but after putting them in the new tank had about an hour life before passing away and leaving me feeling really bad and wondering what is wrong with my tank. Could my DIY CO2 reactor be throwing off balance in my tank and causing my pH levels to go out of whack? Also, I am almost positive that the tetras needed more oxygen since all of them were at the top of the tank pretty much gasping their lasts breaths. I really don't know what to do since this is really my 1st planted tank and I know later in time would like to have fish and shrimp in my tank.
Please help me with any suggestions that yall might have in helping me with my new planted tank.