I have been keeping saltwater for a while. I just upgraded from an 80gal. to a 180gal. I put all the water from my 80 and mixed new water for the rest. I finally found a guy in my area that will give advice based on what is best for the fish and not his profit. With his help, I got rid of my green algae and have started getting some of the purple to come back. The transfer went well with the exception of losing a few to the overflow box, a problem I corrected as soon as the store opened. Everyone else seems to be doin' good, they are all eating. My Copper Banded Butterfly isn't quite the pig he was before the move, but he is eating. In the old tank, I was running all standard fluorescent lights, I have put those in and also added a compact fluorescent fixture. I plan on adding at least one more CF
and maybe a metal halide. Any advice on how long to leave it alone and let it run it's cycle, or did the original 80gal and old filters do the trick?