Confusion is esay in your situation. You have a tank that hasn't been maintained and want to get i back to pristine condiitons. Your LR
and sand host most of the good bacteria in your tank. But, your LR
is also coated with cyano
. You can mix up a couple of 5 gallon buckets os sw
(only abut 2/3 full), then take a rock at a time and scrub it in the sw
bucket to get as much of cyano
off as you can. Repeat this for all your LR
. Then move the rock to the wet/dry (now going to be a sump).
You can try to vacuum the top of the sand to clean that too. Don't take more than about a ¼" off the top as that's where most of the nitrifying bacteria are in the sand (down to about 1").
You should also start doing a series of 30% water changes several times a week to get your water parameters back in check.
If you don't have one, get yourself a refractometer and calibrate it. Use that to help maintain the SG
of the tank. Get some good test kits (I like Salifert for Ca
, and API for pH). Test weekly at a minimum.
Feed LESS. No more than twice a week and only what your fish will eat within 3 mnutes.
Change the bulbs NOW and change them every 6 - 8 months. You will be limited in the corals you can keep with a single 96w CF
light, but you can still get a good selection of corals.
If you are buying water from the LFS
, TEST IT every time before using it. Test it for Phosphate (PO4
That should get you back on the road to a healthy tank.