My water has a ph of 7.4 in tap, 8.4 in tanks... and its very hard water not to mention full of chlorine which is just a nuisance lol Heres the problem, yes thats good for african cichlids.... I cant stand african cichlids. Okay well why not try saltwater? To much money and time even though I love saltwater. I love new world cichlids. that's all I keep and what do they need? 6.5-7ph, and soft water... Okay so try a ph buffer? Nope water is way to hard. Powder type buffers react with the hardness making my water cloudy, and its to hard for drift wood to even work as a buffer. What do I do? All I can think of is get an RODI System but I have no place to set one up, or store water.