I'm going to answer all the questions in short sentences since I'm on my phone.
Never tap water, only ro
since day 1.
tank and 35 gal
200 lbs of LR
Yes I have a skimmer and it works great, pulls about 1 cup of nasty crap out a day.
A,N,N tests are accurate, I have tripple checked.
Phosphate is 0, don't know about silicate(don't have test kit for it)
Yes I pulled CBShrimp out within 1 hr of dying.
T5's have been there since day 1, MH
's have been here for about 1 mo.
I only added 2 fish on 2-22-09 (nemo, and yellow tang)
Everything has been perfect for 1 1/2 mo. and within this last week the diatoms went crazy.
No direct sunlight on tank.
bleached during original cycle. My tank is young but established, I've got worms in my sand bed, copepods swimming about, my refuge has been doing great had to trim my cheato for the first time 2 wks ago.
I hope this answers everyones Q's
I know it's not a cycle, and readings are good, just can't figure out why the outbreak, or why the shrimp died all of a sudden.
Thanks everyone, keep the Q's comming and well figure this out.