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Old 02-06-2004, 02:12 PM   #1
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Cycling and Skimmer

Shuld I be running a skimmer during cycling process?

Also, the water in the collection cup looks like coffee. I thought there would be little chunks of yuck. Am I wrong about that? WHat should the stuff in my cup look like so I know its working properly?
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Old 02-06-2004, 02:56 PM   #2
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Shuld I be running a skimmer during cycling process?
I've seen recommendations both ways. It might help to keep the ammonia levels down thereby saving some of the life on the LR if you have any. That would be at the cost of a longer cycle time.
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Also, the water in the collection cup looks like coffee.
Tea is what I've mostly heard it referred as. If you're getting coffee colored skimmate then it's working overtime. That's a good thing. There should not be any chunks. Here's a great article on how protein skimmers work.

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If your curing your LR and you have one available, then yes I would run it, if your simply cycling a sterile tank, then no I wouldn't. Skimmers will remove particulate matter, but if it were chunky...it would clog up the skimmer.
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I'm going to get some cured LR pretty quick to finish cycling my tank this 2 month and nothing stuff just isnt getting it.
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