My API aquarium water tester and my new air pump arrived in the mail today. I immediately began testing my water to see how it compared with the test strips I had been using. To my surprise my pH level was at 8.2! What the crap?! The test strips gave me a neutral level this whole time! No wonder my sprouts have been dying off. I immediately knew I had to decrease the pH somehow. I began to think back and formulated a problem in my head. Here we go, back to general chemistry.