Welcome to AA .. you'll find everyone here willing to help you set up a successful tank. I did not read you mention how your testing your water ... but strips are unreliable. Members here highly recommend the API test master kit ... a bit on the expensive side .. but accurate and a dechlorinator for those water changes.
Members will also recommend doing a fish-less cycle, but if you go the cycling with fish route ... choose a hardy beginning fish that can handle a range of temperatures and pH levels, I'm sure more experienced members will chime in on the best fish for starting a 10gal.
75g Planted Barbs Denison, BlackRuby, Tiger, Albino Tiger, Green Tiger, Cherry, Gold, Checkered, Odessa.
NonBarbs Cardinal, Neon, RummyNose, Bloodfin Tetras, Z. Danios. 1RTS. Amano, Bamboo, Ghost & RCS. 20g Long Shrimp Tank RCS, Tiger, Amano.