Originally Posted by severum mama
The problem IMO
is that way too much was added at once. The tank had barely completed the cycle before you added quite a large bioload given the size of the tank. Marine tanks, especially small ones, are much different than FW
tanks of similar size. Nothing good happens quickly and it is imperative to take one's time to minimize the possibility of wonky parameters, tank crashes, etc.
I disagree with this. These tanks are no different then bigger ones, little changes are just magnified. Every tank is basically the same, you're trying to keep a balanced Eco system. A lake operates the same as an ocean, the ocean is just bigger and the lakes are more sensitive to change.
Are far as the bio load I didn't think it was too much. My clown is just an inch long, the shrimp is 3/4", the hermit and the snails are just 1/4". The only things that are producing a lot of waste right now is the clown and the shrimp, and they are so small.
Ill just keep testing twice a day and see what happens. If I keep getting the same results, I'm goin to assume my tank is cycled and start to add coral next week.