ok...a few things to update you all on this
the smell was from the top of my skimmer leakin abit....ooo....stinky...and I fixed that and cleaned the skimmer (have cleaned it twice already cause it just got nasty looking in the top cup. It if doing a good job i assume)
ok.....the tank is definitly looking better and life it looking like it coming out. no more white junk on the LR
Tested my water and my SS is 1.024
is about 8.1
Ammonia is at 0.02
Nitrite is about 10
Nitrate is about 20
I plan to get some more water at the LFS
and do another water change but this weekend i did about a 5gal water change with distilled water.
I added some carbon to see if it helps clear up the water some.
Should I use any type of mechincal filter in my sump....like a filter pad or the filter floss?
and yes steve i know I shouldnt ahve gotten all those critters...most of the hermits are still there and I got rid of the fish. lost only one shrimp and a few crabs that came on the rock.