Originally Posted by kurtyboh
Some people say it doesn't matter if you run the skimmer or not, I'm in the other camp. I just can't see how removing proteins which become ammmonia nitrite and nitrate will help the process at all. I would shut it off and if your ammonia doesnt go up from that tomorrow add some shrimp or dose. If you want to dose Ill send you the equation to find out how much to use
it doesn't remove protiens, the skimmer removes desolved organics which i na
way will be needed for you to cycle quickly because they will eventually start to decompose and turn into an ammonia source .
i'm currently cycling soem Lace rock in a buck in my basement. it has some sort of moldy fungusy moss type stuff on it so i'm using that as my ammonia source. its still currently in the depompsing stage and in the week its been cycling for it developed a nice stink to the water and i'm getting 1ppm of ammonia, not nitrites yet