Hi all, Here are my current water parameters: pH: 8.0-8.2 Ammonia: seems just below .25 ppm Nitrite: 0 pp, Nitrate: 40 ppm These water parameters are for a 45 hex tank that houses: 2 dwarf angels 2 chinese algae eaters 1 balloon molly 2 pink tetras - I recently learned these are artificially colored and dont plan on getting more 3 platys 2 dwarf gouramis 6 neon tetras (just added) These parameters were just taken (sunday night) and I usually do my water changes on Mondays after I get in from school. The tap water at my home seems to be the problem for me and I just added some driftwood to my tank a few days ago. (how long does driftwood take to affect pH anyway? A while from what I gather?) Also, I don't tend to get huge fluctuations in my parameter from change to change. Based on my reading, I just started using driftwood as indicated above and am debating on doing my next water change with r/o water from my LFS. I've also read about peat moss which I'm also considering if I can find some. (I'm in Brea, CA) I typically change the water every week, about 20-25% worth. I have a pretty bad history with gouramis and bolivian rams and I've narrowed my failure to the pH of my water as I feel I keep it pretty clean. Since I'd like to put some bolivian rams back into the tank and keep my gouramis alive, I thought I'd bring my pH down to ~7-7.5 from where it stands currently. Do any experienced owners have any advice for me aside to what I've already considered? What seems to work best for those that share my tap water woes? I've been at this for about 6 months now and looking for what I can do more. Oh, I also keep a mix of live and artificial plants in my tank, and the bottom is gravel substrate.