Did a 35% change tonight, got my nitrates down to about 10-20ppm(yeah they were really high once I figured out I had to shake the crap out of the bottle), PH is at 8.1ish, Salinity at 1.24, Nitrites zero, ammonia effectively zero(API test kits suck, but the water out of my tank looks more yellow then fresh saltwater mix).
I will do another 35-40% change tomorrow night, check all the levels Saturday morning and then head out to the lfs
, which happens to be about 45 minutes away
Just to be extra cautious I may bring some sample water and ask the LFS
to test it before I purchase some critters, but i'm thinking either one fish and one shrimp or two small fish. With all the bio load i've been dumping into this thing for the past few weeks without realize it was actually cycled i'm pretty confident it can handle it.
Thanks for all the help, i'll post some pictures of the the new tank inhabitants once I pick em!