Okay, I took Brenden's advice and removed all but 2 of the big shrimp. Refractometer on order. Titanium heater, still looking around but on the radar screen for purchase.
Noticed tonight when I stirred the argonite sand I still had considerable cloudiness issues although the tank is looking much better.
Brenden, I've held off on using the old Diatom filter to help clear the water but want to ask you why you recommended not using it. I don't want to seem argumentive but I wonder what your reasons are. It would seem to me the Diatom would drastically help with the cloudiness issue. Possibly because it interupts the initial cycle???
Another (I think) important issue for me. When I tested the SG
tonight I got very low readings from water dipped from the top of the tank, about 1.020 and much higher readings when dipped from the bottom of the tank, about 1.026. To me this indicates poor water circulation and stratification. I'm guessing I need to add more powerful power heads to keep things a bit more stirred up. Am I thinking right here?