I have a blue damsel in there now. If I can catch him, I would like to add a firefish and a watchman goby. Contents: Blue damsel, Emerald crab, 4 snails, 3 little blue leg crabs, Green hairy mushroom and zoas. More picture to follow along with parameters.
I am slowly raising the salinity to 1.025. 1.023 or so now.
My nitrates stay up. The LFS said it is probably the filter and any pads I have in it. He said that even without the filter pads, it can still increase nitrates if there is food stuff that stays in the chambers and decays.
I plan on removing the Whisper 3 filter and adding another powerhead. I will also add the fission skimmer that my friend gave me for $5.
Bi-weekly 3 gallon water changes. Hopefully this will keep things on track.
a word of caution... Do not overfeed the featherduster or you will get an algea bloom ! As long as your tank is mature your duster should do fine w/o adding anything, or very little, once a month or so.