Originally Posted by Krypt
You can actually just discard the dead livestock and refill the tank and throw the rocks back in, they don't need to be dried out. The die off that occurs within the LR
from the crash will fuel a new cycle easily and you'll be more then ready for the summer.
Exactly. Just let the tank run. I bet more survived than you thought in the small critter arena.
I have had several heaters go on the fritz. Sounds like you had one large heater rather than a couple or three smaller ones. Unless you get a controller I think smaller is better. We had a cold snap in Florida a few weeks ago, and I am glad I had extra heaters, my tank was getting colder.
Sorry for your loss. Good luck