Petsmart told you to throw 13 fish and a bag of biospira in your tank? That should be a crime.
Bio spyra will not do the job. I tried a bag in a 40 gallon qt
tank and it didn't kick in a cycle, doubt if it will in a 100 gallon.
Nitrate is not your enemy right now, ammonia and nitrite is what is killing you animals.
I would take blorkiemom's advise and check out that other lfs
. Maybe they would take the fish and give you the credit towards some live rock so you can start over and do it right. A good LFS
would be invaluable to you right now.
Much good advise above and we will continue to help, but it is time for damage control. Did you try contacting blorkiemom's store ? Maybe another LFS
, anyone but petsmart.
Don't worry, we'll get ya set straight.
Keep posting questions.
Couple of links that will help guide you.
Make sure you read the FAQ
's on the second link, much info there.