Well, just as you all told me, the tank would nuke. Just to refresh, bought a 10g nano tank on wed. (5 days ago) The tank was pre-stocked with everything. It had cycled and been running for 6 weeks. I, the newb, bought it from LFS
who told me what to do and take care of it. I can name a million things wrong with the whole scenario but the two biggest problems...
Tank had EIGHT fish in it. I had no testing kit other than hydromter because they were sold out. I was told not to worry because they'd test it for free.
On Saturday, I had the feeling something was off by fish behavior so took a water sample to store and everything was perfect (I saw the results myself). The guy had me top the first top off with saltwater (purchased there) because the tank was lower due to move. Came home and one clown fish died (after I JUST had it tested). Called LFS
who blamed the stress of moving on fish death.
Big Problems NOW...
I come home today after work and I can just tell nothing is right in the tank. Run down to LFS
5 minutes before they close to get water test (couldnt go earlier cuz I was working). The fish guys were gone so stuck with newbies who know not much more than I do. From what we can see...Nitrates are now somewhere between 5 and 10. It was really had to tell. It was a yellowy orange.
The PH was all the way at the end, I think 8.8? (forgetting numbers now) So some other guy came up and did another PH test he said was for higher (whatever that means) and the color didn't even match the chart (was dark blue).
What would cause the PH to skyrocket like that?
Also, came home and did a salinity test with hydromter....it's 1.026 and a half!! (It was okay after the top off)
What's happening here? The worst problem is, I dont know what to do. I can do a water change and add feshwater, but of course they only gace me one gallon of fresh water to put in. (I have 5 gallons of salt)
I dont even know what to do for PH and OF COURSE they had nothing I could buy for saltwater. Only had PH buffer for freshwater.
I just got told to come back tomorrow after 11...ummm yeah, Im guessing my tank will be gone.
This really sucks becasuse Ive done everything this guy told me to do. Im guessing without being able to test it there isn't much I can do. I feel so horrible! Any suggestions to save my tank?