I would like to get some other peoples opinions on my coments about your substrate and live rock before you act on that. I know that when I was on well water we had to filter it to crazy degrees because we had lots of metals namely lead in the source. I am saying that about your substrate under the asumption that its not so much nutrients cause you haven't had a monster algae bloom or at least you didn't mention it, which leads me to believe there is another contaimination in the water like metals. I figure that if copper treatment for fish illness makes live rock unusable in anything other than a QT
tank that you may have a similar situation but im not 100% and since remove all your substrate would pretty much require a new full cycle, lets see what some other people say before we get that going through your head perhaps uneccisarily
However I confidently stand by the need for RO
water and you can get it for about a buck a gallon at the store or you can buy a filtration system for your water. Its cheaper in the long run, but it is a long run to hit that point. Your local marine store likely also sells water. I have a kent HI-S RO
unit that I use on my water and I like it quite a bit.
Here's to swimmin with bowlegged women.
Reef with 30G Sump/Fuge Combo
-30G LTAnemonarium with mated porcelain crabs, 10 sexy shrimp, and 2 pink skunks all tied into the other 135G in my system.