Originally Posted by Dekz
Stocking levels are very subjective. One guy at a LFS
has a ton of experience (he has over 400 gallons of saltwater in his home) and he said it would be fine. Many people on other forums said it would be fine.
There was absolutely no aggression and 0 Nitrate, so I don't see how overstocking could be blamed, especially if the fish only lasted 4 days.
nitrates isnt what you need to be worried about in an over stocked tank. over stocked tanks usually have ammonia and nitrites. ive looked thru this thread but dont remember and would have to go back and check but do you have a sump? i dont think you did but i dont remember. any ways if you dont have a sump you prolly have around 7 gallons of water in the tank. maybe less. thats not enough for 3 fish. specially in salt water.
take in the fact you didnt qt your fish makes it even worse. what if it had something before you got it and now you gave it to the rest of your tank. maybe your lfs
owner with his experiance and his 400 gallons of tanks could have run an over stocked tank. but as soon as you put your non qt fish in a over stuffed tanked your odds were low of keeping it alive.