Originally Posted by runway1
I'm starting a new rank with uncured LR
In general the cycle can do without a skimmer most times but I would "play it by ear"
so to speak. If you where using LFS
rock, it would most likely not be needed. With uncured rock, you'll usually get a decent amount of die off unless it's increadibley fresh and shipped quickly.
Personally with uncured I would use the skimmer but at least be preapared with water changes if you opt for cycling without the skimmer. Not much point in paying for life encrusted rock only to lose the critters because of uncontrolable die off, excessive DOC
and high ammonia.