I am cycling now...and I have a Bak Pak 2 Skimmer.
I had it on for the first few days only...for a few reasons:
1. Make sure it was working
2. Increase Water Flow
3. See how much stuff it was getting out
On day 4....I had half the cup filled with skimmate in about 10 hours. Now I know it works! I now know Cycling Shrimp is now doing it's thing. So now I just removed the skimmer cup...and I still have my water flow. I have the outlet sponge in the skimmer..which will culture with bacteria and help the cycle too
I have now just pulled out the cup...so no skimming is actually happening...so the cycle should happen a little faster now.
90 Gallon Fresh Water Planted w/ CO2
7 Brilliant Rasbora, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 2 American Flag Fish, 4 Skunk Botia Loaches
40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB
(2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.
3 Gallon Eclipse:
1 Goldfish (won free at a fair...cost $50 in equipment)