Originally Posted by paintedpink24
What is Bio-seed? I have been adding Stress Zyme when I do water changes. If I leave it alone will the Ammonia not kill my fish?
Welcome to the forum! You've come to the right place to solve your problem. Unfortunately, it's probably not going to be the solution you were hoping for. Hang in there and it will DEFINITELY pay off in the end when you are an expert keeper of happy, healthy fish!
First, to answer your question on bio-seed, you can "cheat" the cycle process a little bit by seeding your tank with an established bacteria colony. For instance, if you know someone with an established tank, you might ask them to run your filter in their tank (or just the media) for a week or two. When you re-introduce it to your aquarium, it will speed the cycle process dramatically.
Moving on to the larger issue at hand, I'm sorry to say it, but I'm in full agreement with Mina. I'm sure it's frustrating and disappointing to hear it, but those fish are not going to survive for long (or live happily in the meantime) under the current conditions. My guess is that the problems you're experiencing with water chemistry and clarity are directly related to the fact that your tank is dangerously overstocked.
The good news is that there are plenty of interesting fish and inverts that will thrive in a 10g tank. The fish profiles (2nd tab from left above) are a great starting point. For rule-of-thumb purposes, AqAdvisor is a really useful tool for stocking aquariums.
As you'll see, when we plug in your tank, your filter (guessing a Whisper PF10 or similar), and your inhabitants, AqAdvisor echoes Mina's sentiments, with some additional cautions:
P!nk Hippy Tank
My advice is to return all of the fish to the store where you bought them. If a clerk there advised you to stock a 10g tank with these fish, you're well within your right to demand a refund (or at least store credit for when you're ready to try again). Start a thread in this forum asking for stocking suggestions for a filtered 10g with your water parameters and you'll be amazed how many wonderful fish you have to choose from! Your patience (while no doubt frustrating in the short run) will ultimately be rewarded!
Finally, a quick word on "Painted Tetras." These are actually White Skirt Tetras which are artificially dyed. The dyeing process is considered by most to be cruel and harmful, reportedly killing the majority of the fish who undergo the process. What's more, the dye fades over time. Better perhaps to get a small school of healthy White Skirts in the first place! Just my opinion, for what it's worth!
Good luck and PLEASE keep us posted on your progress. There are some wonderful people here who will be happy to support you with expertise you simply won't get at the local pet store.