Well, I'd like to start off saying hello!! This is my first forum post on Fishlore, I've been surfing the forums anonymously reading for the past couple weeks now & I've got some questions regarding my new setup. Like the subject reads, I'm currently set up with a new Marineland 10&1/2 gallon aquarium with the Penguin 75 & heater. I have a air stone in a corner and two Green mondo grass plants with a couple fake plants and a couple decorations. Now, my problem persists with my tap water (living out in the country with well water) it has a reading of: Ammonia: 0.0 Nitrite: 0.0 Nitrate: 8.0 Gh: 180 Kh: 180 Ph: 8.0 Since buying the test kit (API Ammonia,Nitrite,Nitrate & test strips) I've been told that the well water is bad but the neighbours and previous home owners haven't had any problems with their water. So coming this week Monday I'll be calling the county water department regarding this issue... I was performing a fishless cycle ahead of time until the guys at Big Al's aquarium told me to do a pwc, add prime and Fluval Bio Enhancer and avoid the fishless cycle and just go ahead. So going ahead with his expertise I did so. In the mean time, my aquarium water stands as F - 76 degrees and: 6/23/2016 50-75 pwc with prime & 25 ml Fluval 6/24/2016 Fluval 10 ml 6/25/2016 (5 male neon Tetra's introduced) Fluval 10ml Ammonia 0.0 Nitrite 0.0 Nitrate 8.0 6/26/2016 Ammonia 0.0 Nitrite 0.0 Nitrate 8.0 6/27/2016 Ammonia 0.0 Nitrite 0.0 Nitrate 8.0 6/28/2016 10-15 % pwc & prime 6/29/2016 Ammonia 0.25 Nitrite 0.0 Nitrate 8.0 7/2/2016 15 % pwc & prime Ammonia 0.50 Nitrite 0.25 Nitrate 8.0 I went back today to Big Al's and got a magnetic window cleaner because there were a few spots on the glass that needed cleaning and asked about the nitrate problem. They told me they have nitrate filter pads that they currently didn't have any in stock (hot item he said) and will have some this coming week. I feed the Neon Tetra's once a day with a small amount (about the size of my thumb nail or less) in the morning. The day light is on about 8-10 hours a day and remaining blue night light until we go to bed and turn off the lights entirely when we go to bed. So. With the info provided here, I've got a couple questions if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated. What should I do about the Nitrate issue? Should I buy the nitrate pads when stock comes in this week? I've noticed my ammonia and nitrite start to rise. Is this a good or bad thing? Someone told me to stop using Fluval Bio enhancer and replace it with Nutrifin Cycle instead as its more powerful than Fluval, I've got both of them now. Should I? The aquarium came with coupons for Marineland Easy Care and I purchased that. Should I use it? For my size of aquarium I've been using about 5 - 10 eye drops (less then one cap thread) of prime for each pwc, is this right? With my current water situation is it wise to continue with my pwc's? I was told I should avoid my tap water and buy RO water for the fish and us. So I bought some RO water in town (26 gallons) to use. Should I switch pwc's to RO water or just get the Nitrate filter pads? After reading over my questions and post I've got to shake my head, I'm clearly doing something wrong here. I've got too many this and that it seems. The fish seem completely fine, no worries so far. So many questions, again I know I'm doing something wrong here. Any help would be great.