I just totaled the number of critters. That number was 166 living critters in less than 24 gallons of water.
It just baffles me that it never occurred to you this was far to much stock for such a small volume of water. There's info on the web discussing stocking. Their deaths were almost certainly cause by this morbid overstocking using up nearly all of the dissolved oxygen. I'm not sorry I'm not cutting you any slack for what you did was irresponsible plain and simple. Now that you've learned a painful lesson. When you restock keep the number of critters to no more than 10. Count in snails too.
Just be glad these weren't puppies or kittens that died
You're kidding me right? I feel like the overstocked police here, as I always get yelled at to stop telling people they have overstocked tanks.
This tank wasn't overstocked by bioload means.
Shrimp have such low bio loads compared to fish.
He basically had 25 fish.
In a 24g long?
I don't think that was so bad. Unless you have some other reasoning than the amount of animals, then I don't think you've got the right idea here.
Edit* it was a cube.
He probably should have had less fish more for swimming space, not for bioload issues.
I noticed at some point the list changed to add more fish species.
He was overstocked, but not drastically as you said. This isn't all these fish crammed into a 12g tank.