I had to buy some more ghost shrimp today, and asked them about their water readings while I was there. They told me their water was 'perfect', but offered to test it for me - using test strips. I happily obliged, knowing I was going to re-test with my kit at home. While the readings were close for most, it was a shock regarding the water hardness. pH - 7.3 at the store, around 7.5 at home (7.6 on the regular tester, 7.4 on the high-range) Nitrites - 'normal' on the strip, zero with the liquid tester Nitrates - 'normal' on the strip - ZERO with the liquid tester Ammonia - 'normal' on the strips - .25 with the liquid tester GH - HIGH (300+ppm) on the strip, 7 drops (125.3 ppm) with my API KH - (no reading for the strip), 3 drops (53.7 ppm) with my API Looks to me like their water isn't cycled, anyone else think this? There are no live plants in their tanks. I was really surprised to see that the strips showed hard water when mine is not nearly so (I live less than 3 miles away from the store). I'm leaning towards my liquid test kits being correct, thoughts?