so 20 days later I'm finally able to get to testing the water. it's been a very busy three weeks with Thanksgiving and exams but I finally got a test and was able to test the water.
I got the Mardel 5 in 1 strip--I dislike strip tests but it's all I had.
pH was 8.0, Hardness was 150, and Alkalinity looked like it was at 300... which seems awfully high
10g Planted Community Tank| Otocinclus, Red Cherry Shrimp, Tiger Nerite Snail, Assassin Snail, MTS
5.5g Planted Tank | Betta