Yesterday my husband begged me to go to the LFS with him because he wanted another Bolivian Ram. I agreed and off we went. When we got there, not only did they have a tank of Bolivian Rams, but also a tank of German Blue Rams. The GBR being a perfect centerpiece fish for a 29 gallon tank that I had yet to purchase. What to do?!?!?! I did what any fish person would do and I bought the 29 gallon tank and a stand. Now relax, the fish are going into a quarantine tank, not the new one. We purchased 5 half inch long GBR's. So we got home and I built the stand, placed a layer of black gravel on the bottom and planted some Anubias and some Swords, then placed a layer of aquarium sand on top of that. This being my first foray into sand. Since I live in Wisconsin, nobody had pool filter sand out yet, which is why I did a layer of gravel. It works out better for the plants tho and looks kinda cool. Back on subject I added the water, let the sand settle back down (yes I did rinse it before placing it in the tank) and started up the filter and heater. I waited for about an hour before taking a seeded sponge from my 10 gallon (it had 2 sponges and biomax) and placing that into my new tank. Next, I threw in a bottle of TSS. I know it wasn't necessary, but it doesn't hurt to add it, especially since the sponge was from a 10 gallon tank. At that point, I also added 5 gallons of water from my 10 gallon as well as 4 neon tetras, 1 cardinal tetra, 1 peppered cory, and 2 spotted corries. Everything was running great, the fish seemed happy, and I went to bed. This morning I got up to find that my filter was no longer running. I have no idea how long it wasn't running for. So my question: Is the "instant cycle" and TSS shot because the filter stopped working? I'm afraid to take readings on the water because I used the TSS and they'd be wacky from that. Is it even possible that I still have some live bacteria remaining and that the TSS will still work? What do you recommend my next step be?