It's long overdue but I thought I'd better get a tank thread up so I can get some better feedback to progress through this ever more confusing hobby. Current specs Tank: 68" x 24" x 30" Sump: 48" x 20" x 18" Lights: 2 x Orphek Atlantik V2.1B Flow pumps 2 x Vortech MP60WES Skimmer: Deltec SC1455 Miracle mud and Chaeto Calcium reactor: Dastaco 1000 Dosing pump: Jebao DP4 Carbon reactor: Two Little Fishes Phosphate Reactor: Deltec Return pump: Jebao DCT8000 Heating: SCT1000 and 2 x 400W heaters ATU: Reefloat The tank was originally a planted Discus tank but they were a bit dull to watch and we decided we preferred our marine Fluval Edge so the bullet was bitten and we embarked on the salty conversion way back in the late summer of 2012. Seeing as this tank is over two years old I'll keep it short and stick to the facts as they unfolded. Initially the tank was set up as a full Zeovite tank along with 4 x 120W Chinese LEDs with 2 x 80W T5s, 2 x Sicce Voyager 10s and a Growtech HEA200 Skimmer. After the initial 2 week cycle we added some CUC then finally in October 2012 we added four yellow ,a regal tangs, two plating and one digi Montipora along with the livestock of our Edge. After a couple of weeks the Sicce pumps started so sound like hammer drills so we had them exchanged but in the time this was happening I decided to buy the Vortechs so the replacement Sicces were sold. All went well for a few months and we invested heavily in some lovely SPS colonies from Cockfields which in turn started to grow healthly. In the spring of 2013 we had a Bryopsis outbreak which was successfully treated with Hydrogen Peroxide in very small quantities directly to the Bryopsis with a syringe. A month or two after this we started to see some striping from the base of one of our acros, within a couple of days it had died completely. This slowly started happening to the others one by one. Eventually all the SPS died and the only possible explanation was a neoprene pad I had put under the return pump to quieten it, it had shrivelled a bit and we could only put it down to that after exhaustive searching for the cause (more on this later). Over the next year we tried several time to get SPS and LPS to grow with no luck, they'd look PK for a few weeks but then the same thing, strip and die. We tried to convert the tsnk from Zeo to Miracle mud but the surface area was a bit on the small side to be 100% effective so I was never able to fully drop the carbon dosing which is still my main means of nutrient control. With some sadness we decided to resign ourselves to just keep softies and bought a load from FishnoChips along with a orange digi that Ged made me buy in exchange for feeding me chocolate Hob Nobs, more on this digi later! November 2013 saw me having a shoulder operation which limited the maintenance I could do for a while so the tank was left alone, the softies grew and some aips grew.All the usual suspects were used to eradicate the aips including a DIY wand which was great fun but only made them spread further. Flatworms appeared and were dosed with flatworm exit (documented in my "trial by Flatworm" thread. The purchase of a file fish and three banana wrasse sorted these problems out. I still have flatworm but the wrasse keep them under control, the sump is full of aips but there's none visible in the display. So by summer this year, I'd had enough, my dreams of a nice tank had come to nothing, it was just a load of effort (or rather neglect at this time) and expense for a rather brown looking mess that only looked anything like just before lights out but here was the interesting thing, the orange digi Ged had sold me six months previously was still alive, it hadn't grown any but it was still alive but enough was enough and the decision was made to sell the tank. I don't know why I did what I did next but I remembered reading somewhere that dosing iodine helped someone's softies look good so I had a quick read and bought some from ebay. Dosing was duly started and continued for a couple of weeks before we disappeared on our summer holidays for 4 weeks leaving my mother to dose vodka (which had become my carbon source by then) and feed the fish. To be honest I wasn't really bothered by the outcome of our break on the tank as long as the fish were OK but what we saw when we returned was surprising to say the least! Once we cleaned the glass and could see inside the corals looked good, they had even grown, the digi Ged sold me had become orange again and even had white growth tips (or at least I hoped they were growth tips not stripping). There was also two green patches one on a dead plating monty and another on a dead green acro that had long since apparently died and become covered in coraline. A hammer that had been in the tank for nearly a year and had all but died had revived, things had changed while we were away. The pump on our skimmer had also packed up while we were away, four weeks earlier I would have done nothing but with this change we decided to give it another go and we bought a Deltec skimmer rather than get a new pump (as you do!). Over the next few weeks the tank was cleaned, water changed, iodine was dosed and things continued to improve, yey! During the big clean up I dropped a wetside of one of my MP60s breaking the thrust bearing, Jez at ITC sent me the entire bearing assembly next day free of charge despite it being my own fault and 12 months out of guarantee. There was a problem with this and the wetside wouldn't run properly so Jez suggested swapping bits around with the good wetside. What I then found was the other wetside's magnet casing had blown open exposing the magnet but was now covered in a brown gunk. This must have been the problem that had caused the initial death of all our SPS colonies two years earlier but now the gunk was sort of keeping the badness contained or at least that's how it looks to me. Again next day and free of charge a brand new wetside was sent to replace this. If only I had checked these earlier but they were brand new, why would I? Well we live and learn and hindsight is a wonderful thing. It seems now that our initial problems were behind us and a further plunge was taken to but the Orphek lights in a joint buy with Clearwater from Orphek direct as there was not UK agent at the time. Some frags were acquired from Chris/Fishmans, Steve/Burscough, Nigel/eyore and Gary/Clearwater all of which are doing fine so far. We've also bought some bits of plate that have been soaking in RO for weeks and recently went in the display with the intention of one of them being a home for a clam sometime in the future when we get some confidence again. So there it is two years of woe compressed into a small mire of despair!