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Old 01-11-2005, 02:54 PM   #1
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New tank cycling: Use the protein skimmer or not?

I'm starting a new rank with uncured LR. Should I hook up the skimmer at this time? I've heard that it's best to wait a few weeks prior to using the skimmer.

Same question for the UV. Should I turn it on immediately or wait a set period of time?

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Old 01-11-2005, 03:41 PM   #2
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From my own experience....skimming during the first week may only remove trace amounts of salt since the bacteria and overall junk buildup has not begun. Same goes for the UV. It won't hurt to run either at this point by it may not help either.
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:50 PM   #3
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No reason to run either the first month or longer. Let the tank cycle in its own time. Easy for me say two years later, but I remember being on the verge of buying bathtub play fish to put in the tank.
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Leave the skimmer off untill the tank is cycled. My tank cycled in 3 weeks with lr.
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ok, sounds good. I'm in no hurry.
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It wouldint hurt to run the skimmer but I think it would mess up the bacteria if you used the UV sterilizer. UV kills a lot of the bacteria you will need to cycle the tank.
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Old 01-12-2005, 12:08 PM   #7
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I would agree. Leave the skimmer off until the tank is cycled.

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Old 01-12-2005, 06:03 PM   #8
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Re: New tank cycling: Use the protein skimmer or not?

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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.

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That's a good point Steve. I know Bob Fenner touched on that as well in his book. He suggests to leave the skimmer on during the cycle period. Most people here opt to leave it off. I wonder if we can ever get 2 people to do a test to see which method is better. Maybe I can when I get my new tank with uncured lr. Just a thought.

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Unfortunately there are so many variables that getting 2 people to run a skimmer on vs. skimmer off test would be nearly impossible...but I would love to see the outcome....while they are at we should get them to run tests on everyother thing we debate over....then we would have the positive answers on everything....which would only leaves us to post pictures of our beautiful aquariums. -sigh- in a perfect world
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