Well, lo and behold, I have a nitrate reading of 10 ppm. 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 10 ppm nitrates. I am honestly shocked I have a nitrate reading. Today I found a wonderful, and brand new, LFS, owned by a hobbyist, who really seems to know what he's talking about. Does special orders and all. His tanks were BEAUTIFUL, and he also has LEDs that he has been testing side by side with T5s, and they are growing everything, with coralline galore too. All for $325 a pair. Can't beat that price, so maybe LEDs are in my price range. Feel in love with a Ruby Red Dragonet that he had, so maybe down the line, we may have to go with this one vs. the green mandarin. I also saw my first copepods zooming around on the glass, which is a great sign. Saw a few in the wet/dry in the back of the tank as well. My FW shrimp tank is loaded with "cyclops" copepods-to the point where all you see is copepods zooming in the water, and when I saw one on the glass of the SW tank I got pretty excited. Picked up 4 Peppermint Shrimp, and 3 Green Chromis as well. The Peppermint Shrimp are going to town on the algae we had, and one even ate some of the mysis shrimp that floated his way. We are going to attempt to remove the yellow tails and possibly the blue chromis relatively soon here. Don't know how well that will go , especially since we just got our live rock set up in a way we like. I think the green chromis are here to stay, when we saw them at his store, we had to grab them. They were stunning. He even had seahorses that were up at the top of their tank begging for more food the second they saw you walk by. Taught us a lot about different corals, which was great as well. Was a lucky find. Place is called Bosh's Reef for any GR, Michigan folks! Opened in November. Picked up a new Hydor Koralia 1500GPH pump and its sitting on the left side, with the 600 on the right near the overflow, seems to be a good mixture, and the damsels all love playing around in front of the new pump. My protein skimmer has also broken in and has been producing some very stinky brown gunky foam!! We are thinking the goby might be the first inhabitant, he said he can special order in which ever one we are interested in along with the appropriate shrimp. Is this the way to go? Or maybe clowns? We really liked the scooter blennys, and the ruby red is an absolute beauty. Same with the other "true" blennys. All in all, so happy to see nitrates!!! Already!