Hello! I have become the general caretaker of a 75 gallon reef tank that has fallen on some hard times. This tank was mine for a decade or more in the early 2000s and when I moved out, my parents asked to keep it and my wife asked me to leave it. Over the last 5 years or so they managed pretty well, we had great success with LPS, SPS, a number of fish. Its got some great quality equipment too, nice lighting, lively and healthy sump with cheato and some hermit crabs. A nice g1x protein skimmer that apparently just kicked the bucket again (the pump died I believe) and lastly a nice healthy selection of live rock.
I know that my parents have not done water changes like they are supposed to and this has resulted in some major coral losses. We lost all of the SPS and almost all of the LPS. Salt spiked because of a failure in the auto topoff from a RODI, chemicals are unbalanced and I know that there is a lurking monster in the sandbed which is no longer evenly spread. Lastly, some softies have kind of taken over, mostly a particularly prolific breed of Green Star Polyps and Blue Star Polyps. I am looking for some advice to get this guy revitalized and ready to accept LPS and SPS corals again, as I take over the care of it.
I want to take the next few months to make sure it is in working order and so I guess my major question is… what is your advice for me getting this guy back in order? I will get test numbers here later today, I plan on going over there. And I am looking to reduce the GSPs in there significantly, so if there is anyone who wants to rehome this big rock (10" long, 4" wide) full of GSPs, I would be interested in setting something up.