Surprise surprise, the water directly out of the faucet, right away has a PH of 7.0. I didn't expect that at all!
I will test the bowl again tomorrow and see what its at... and my other bowl of 'prepped' water.
I read your guide and there is some very useful information in there!!!
It said for the photoperiod to have your light on 10-12 hours a day, so I changed my timer to come on at 10 and go off at 10.
And for the lighting, what is the cheapest way to increase it? I went to the LFS and he wanted to sell me a 'compact fluorescent' strip that has two (I believe) 15 watt bulbs, one white at 10k kelvins and the other was a blue not sure on the kelvins for that. He said it would be perfect light for growing plants in my tank. But it was about 120 bucks... that's a lot.
As far as all the macro nutrients I don't really understand them, maybe I'll try reading it again... I have eco complete and use flourish, flourish iron, and flourish potassium.
As for the Co2, I went looking at petsmart and they sell two complete kits, (the ones with yeast and sugar), one was $39.99 and the other was $49.99. They contained the bottle, all the hosing, the regulator, and the yeast, (ready to set up into the tank) and you could buy packet yeast replacements... The cheaper one was for a smaller tank and was supposed to last only a month. The more expensive one was for my size tank and was supposed to last up to three months. Is this a good buy, or can I find it on the net somewhere cheaper?
Tested the tank again this morning and its at... exactly 7.8. This fluctuating is weird... I am going to go the LFS right now and see if they sell GH and KH tests...