I just tested the water using my new non strip test kit. These are my results:
Current Temp 82.9
3.6 (way too high, right?)
Nitrate - did not test - I was guessing that if I had no Nitrite there would be no Nitrate. Is this correct?
CaptainAhab - I have a 12 gallon acrylic Marineland aquarium, it uses Bio Wheel filtration and an Eclipse filter cartridge. It has been running for a week. Yes you are correct, only sand and no rock at this point.
Also, the reason the heater was set at 70 is because the temp was so high - I purchased another thermometer to see if that was the problem and got the same temp. The heater may be defective or it may be because of the lighting and air temp (It is consistently 85 or higher here this time of year and we keep our house temp at 78).