Well, spent most of yesterday doing another 20 gallon pwc
. Ammonia was off the charts (well over 8 ppm
) but all other leverls were normal. I essentially have a huge new cycle starting. I tried using Kent Marine ammonia detox at very high dosage and threw on an old canister with a bag of Phoz Sorb (I think). There's so much decaying flesh from snails and worms and whatnot I doubt anything can be salvaged short of "borrowing" 30 gallons or so of aged saltwater from a friend and scrubbing all the rocks and rinsing the livesand.
The good news is I did manage to get the surving corals out and got them into quarantine at our generous LFS
. I may end up just donating them to reef club buddies and when the time comes for me they can reciprocate with new frags from their tanks. I'll know more in a few days.
Yeah it sucks but there's always a sadder story out there. I have a buddy who keeps his helicopter on a pad at his lake cabin. A sudden huge windstorm blew in and dumped his chopper into the lake. Insurance covered it but his deductible was $10,000. Ugh.