It was a nightmare !!!
The tank was soooooooo overgrown w/salt deposits...(inside and out) and fungi and algies that simply breaking things down etc.-there were chunks of all of the above...falling off all over the place !!The interior of the tank was black w/fungus. Ugh !!! to the point of turning your stomach !! There was NO WAY (!!)...that I was about to put that nasty thing in my house...nor was I about to put it back together in such a neglected state.
So I put together a 10 gal
.(temporary apartment )for the two surviving clownie and one blue guy...set it all up in the kicthen...and commenced to ripping the 100 gal
. and all it's pumps...brine tank....scimmer...completely apart.
All of the corals are dead !! So I put 'em all out on the patio and blasted all the poop setiments etc off of them...for use as a base for re-building a LIVING reef.
There were only three thing which survived the neglect of things...the fish.
"BUT"...I still inherited all of the mechanical systems of what was once a very nice unit so all is not lost.
To date the tank itself is comepletely cleaned..and the lower cabnet cleaned and in the house. I spent three days flushing sand and corals skelitons (sp?)...saved 20 gallons of the origional H20...(for the alkalines etc),,,and have also installed said to the tank.
I was so overcome by the state of the tank that I comeplety overlooked taking any photos for a photojournal until 3 days into the cleaning process...but used my cameraphone since so as time progresses and more steps comepleted I'll figure out how to get the photos from my phone computer-site-album to this site...then I'll post 'em.
I still need to acquire a ballist for the lighting system...and make approx. 60 gallons of new H20....get it all balanced...and then put the fish back into there new "extreme-make-over-house".(too bad I did'nt think to call discover channel so we could film a T.V show...>> "FISHTANK EXTREME MAKEOVER"<<< snik)
Any how my friend(s) thats the progress thus far.(if your of the frame of mind...and its within the rule parameters of this chatroom....please feel free to post this message...for anyons who's been wondering what happened to me over the past few days.Lord knows I could use all the input I can get...and be grateful for it.)
Til next time PeaceOut to all H.Gross BFC