ok, so I am still playing with my 125G everything tank and hoping I am far past the cycling stage( which I think I am because nothing is dying anymore LOL). I just got my 72" coralife lighting system with the 3 halogin lights and 4 96w and 4 led and it cooks dinner and does the laundry light.. LOL But seriously, my polyps are doing a lot better (still looking weak in the sense of not fully coming out. I only see there "Pedals" but no stems yet) Now this light is in place then my 100K bulbs. It was worth the $$$. Now that I have the light in place and is making everything come to life I still have a few questions of my everyday procedures. I have live rock, sand and it's 125G tank mostly with Damsels, a lemon peel, 1 blue tang, 1 anthias, 2 star fish, shrimps, turbo snails, and a sea anemone with some other mushroom life forms.. So, I say I am will past the cycle stage because I finally have a sea anemone that is eating my frozen kreel I feed him and has been doing very well for over a month. Usually my past they die in a few weeks. Questions... I am feeding 4 cubes of frozen brine (Formula two) along with one capful of DT's everyday. With a everyso often 3 days or so extra treat of dried seaweed on a clip and some dry "New life spectrum" marine food. I am sure this is why my Nitrate is around 40 right now (PROBLEM). So I am doing water changes every 2 weeks as scheduled, I am keeping a log book of what I do and add to the tank as well. I am also adding every week five drops of iodine. 1. Too much food and if so how often for feeding. I want to cut back to once every other day but afraid of lemon peel and blue tang start nipping at my plants, seaweed and other natural yummies. 2. Fish store sold me a bottle of AZ NO3 to bring down my nitrate, but it aint helping because I am still sitting at 40 nitrate. I don't like using this so I want to increase my water change from every 2 weeks of 15 gallons to every 2 weeks of 25 gallons and topping off with RO when needed. I am increasing my AZ per instructions and feel like I am pulling the trigger on a gun when I put more drops in per instructions.. 3. I also was sold a 4 lb live rock that has seaweed and some other seaweed type on top along with this rock being covered in little muscles and clams. Storemguy claims it is really good for the tank and the muscle and clams really help eat up the nitrates.. Is this true and can you add more information about what these muscles and clams will do as I think it looks neat and want to learn more? 4. Store also sold me a bottle of Coral Vital. Suppose to be a reef life energizer and really open things up and get this tank snapping. Is this a store gimmick or what? (I call it the tank Viagra) 5. I have a cleaner shrimp and a red banded shrimp (I think) anyways they are both the same size but when they shed I can usually get the left overs out but now there is 2 or 3 in the rocks that I can't fish out without moving have the tank to get to it.. Will these old sheddings hurt my tank and will they eventually be cosumed or what? I really want to keep my tank natural and really looking into taking a JBJ 22" 100K single bulb and strapping it under the tank for the sump and start working on a refgium? I have a 20 Gal sump under there and my skimmer is hanging on the back. So I have open space in the sump and want to add a bag of live sand and some Pet Smart seaweed my store in town is selling to help with natural filtering. I had this seaweed before an placed it in my sand in the tank but the blue tang kept eating it all. Also, will add slowly a rock or two here and there to build up the sump system over time. So there are my questions. Please give a feed back. My Nitrate is a my biggest problem so far and somewhat know I have to space and cut back feeding and increase water changes but I wanted peeps input as well for some new info and ideas.. Thank you all for the info in the past and as well as the future answers..