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Old 01-05-2007, 08:49 AM   #11
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You only want to do weekly water changes once your cycle is complete. As already said doing it during the cycle will prolong it.

If your nh3 rises above 5ppm then you might want to a 10%-15% pwc to keep the level slightly lower to give the "life" on your rock a better chance but IMO as long as it doesn't get above that then there is no need to do a pwc until your nh3/no2 read 0.

How many lbs of lr did you get for your 75 gal tank?
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:05 AM   #12
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I cycled my tank with uncured LR and it worked slick...when my nitrItes were at 0 my nitrAtes were at about 8 and I started to do about 10% PWC to get some more of the decay off the rocks and it worked slick..(thanks to the help from the people on here) I had my skimmer going 24/7 and I had absolutely no odor at all from the tank. Its in my living room and no one could tell..If and when I start another tank that is the only way I will do it..

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Ok I don't have a SKimmer on mine. I was told I wouldn't need it for a few months at the LFS should I go ahead and buy and install one now??
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Skimmers remove excess waste from the water but if keeping a light bio-load then it can wait till later. Better to save and wait to buy a quality skimmer then to buy a basic one now.

If money isn't a issue then I'd go ahead and get a nice one now.
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I'll pick on up when I get a bioload other then my rock. Should be able to afford a good one by then.
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