I just got my test kit today, and decided to test Altair's water, since I've never done it and I'm planning on setting up his new tank tomorrow. But when I tested the pH of the water, it ended up being around 8.2 (when the normal test came out blue, I decided to try the high-range test.) I tested some unconditioned tap water, to make sure that it wasn't just my water, and that came out somewhere between 7.2 and 7.6. So I tested the ammonia, and it came out to .5 ppm
I'm wondering, is it the ammonia causing the high PH? and if it is, do I need to change the water right away or can it wait until I get the new tank set up tomorrow? (he doesn't seem distressed or sick, just mildly annoyed at the new plants taking up waaaay too much room in his little tank.)
If it's not the ammonia causing the high PH, could it be caused by too many plants? there's quite a few floating and tied to a decoration waiting for the new tank.