Hello from B&J AKA Ky Kats,
Sorry such a long post.
I'm a 31yr old mother of one cute 5 yr old boy. I'm Diabetic and love to make candy and bake, (can't sample it but hubby and family loves it). My hubby and I raise and breed Traditional Himalayans and Applehead Siamese cats. Up until Dec 19, 2008 we also had a 18 gal
guppie tank with 2 ghost shrimp, 2 adult female guppies, 6 littlers of babies (three from each parent totaling about 15 averaging 1/8in to 1/4in long), and a 46 gal
bowface with 2 FP clowns.
Now for the biggie part the questions.
Heres the stats on the tank and the Equipment list
Age almost 3 years.
Equiptment list:46 gal
bowface H 21", W 36", Small D 12", and Large D 16"
with an eggcrate top
Lighting: Odyssea Aquarium Reef Light 78 wt 2x12000 T5s 1 day & 1 Actinic
Marine Land fixture with Marine Glo T10 30wt 18000k bulb
Power Heads: 800L/H Power head. 9wt UV
sterilizer and a Zoo Meds power
head output 800L/H
Filters: 3" sand bed appx 75 to 100 lbs LS
(not sure if its alive still U be the
Appx 28 lbs LR
(I know that I need more, I will also let you be the
judge of if it is still considered live)
Over-flo skilmmer with a DIY trickle filter with Bio-balls
J7 return pump
DIY fuge with three heaters(not sure what kind they are but
enough to heat appx 90 gal
2 air driven protein skimmers each rated for up to 60 gal
Old live stock list: 2 FP Clowns
1 Turbo snail
1 Bk Nassarius snail
1 Cerith snail
2 Feather dusters
8 Mushrooms (kept at the very top for the most
1(?) Collonistal Snails (2 came with the LR
multiplied) (Count was 15+ when dank was cleaned)
2 Serpent Stars (Peach and Spot) +>20 babies
1 Unknown Anemone (kept at the very top for the most
1(?) Bristle worm (count after cleaning tank was 35+)
1 unknown type of crab
Okay heres what happened, on Dec. 18, we were hit with a major snowstorm (8"-10" in our area). Trees and power lines down everywhere, one not 25' from our front door. We had to leave our home, and go stay with my mother due to a heating oil shortage in the area. Power stayed out until Christmas eve (power only, Water got fixed 3 days later, phone, tv, and internet just got fixed today). We returned home and removed the dead, on chrismas eve, and started draining the tanks. It took 5 days to get everything back in order, Now the Fuge had nothing living in it (it had filters runing in it), so we broke down the main tank only in case some bacteria had survived. We refilled the tank scrubed the dead plants off the rock and replaced the sand.
We lost almost everything (fish wise). One thing survived this: The Nassarius snail!!!!
I know with changing over half the water I'll be basicly be starting from scrach. I know I'll have a cycle like when I started, but is 3 days too soon for the cycle to start? My readings tonight were as follows:
Temp 79 degrees
Carbonate Hardness 10 dKH
or 179 ppmKH
Calcium 440 mg
Did a 5 gal
water change with the following Aqua Safe (10ml), Easy Balance
(10ml), and Foster and Smith Water Repair (Stabilize enough for the whole system. 9 1/2 t).
Is it too soon for a cycle?
Is there anything else I can do?
Any help will be wonderful.