I took everything out and emptied as much water as I could. I didn't want to ruin the live sand or live rock so I left that alone, but emptied as much water as I could.
I re-set up the tank and started completely over. My LFS has been great in the whole process. They talked with Deep Blue, who didn't offer me a replacement anything, but the LFS gave me store credit for what I lost.
However ever since the heater mishap (I now have a Rena heater - plastic and not-expode-able) for some reason, certain things don't live in my tank. I test my water weekly for PH, Nitrite, Nitrate, Alkalinity, Ammonia - and everything tests fine. I've taken my water to two separate LFS's and they test my water and they say it tests fine and say "it's a mystery" as to why these things don't do well.
Currently I have:
maxi mini carpet anemone
and all of these have done great. They're perky, colorful, and healthy. I have more fish than anything else because these are the only things that seem to do well in my tank. I really don't want to add much more - but I WOULD like to add some snails - but these are one of the things that die within days of putting in the tank. I've tried turbos, trochus, ceriths, nassarius...they all die pretty quick. The nassarius lasted the longest.
I'm beginning to think there might be something in the liverock or sand that may have been left over from the heater that is undetectible when I test (I've also bought a copper and other test kits - hardness, calcium and test out fine) but for some reason the fish and the anemone are unaffected.
I'm debating whether I should change the LR and/or the sand or just give in and let it be what it is - but I'm stubborn and want to fix it. The things that are in there now are healthy, perky, colorful and happy....I should probably leave it...but I really would like some little crabs and snails to help with clean up at least.
"reef capable" LEDs (I also have a metal halide set up but not a fan w/ the heat it puts out and my anemone was not a fan either so I don't use it),
RENA heater (keep it at 75 deg),
salinity is 1.024
Calcium: 530 (yes I realize this is high)
weekly water changes
15 gal tall
Anyway.................any input appreciated