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Old 09-26-2013, 03:38 PM   #11
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Will starting my skimmer mess up my cycle
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:44 PM   #12
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Well it will remove bacteria and waste from your tank so maybe leave the skimmer until the tank is cycled.

If it were me I would let nature do its thing for a few weeks. The cycle is one of the most boring parts but sometimes exiting as it goes you time to think about where you're going with your tank. The boring part is looking at an empty tank thinking 'hmm what can I do with it'.
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PATIENCE is a virtue, especially with sw, the cycle will start and end, the water cloud will clear, and your tank will be ready for stock, all with time
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Defo agree with the pretty Tex girl!
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Thanks for the info. Got home from work today and added some floss in the filter. Seemed to be doing the job. Looking better already. Do you think the placement of the power heads are ok ? Also, the cycle is going good. Ammonia is up to 2ppm but no nitrites yet.
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Thanks for the info. Got home from work today and added some floss in the filter. Seemed to be doing the job. Looking better already. Do you think the placement of the power heads are ok ? Also, the cycle is going good. Ammonia is up to 2ppm but no nitrites yet.
Reach in and check for dead spots. Honestly that's probably the only way. I do like you LR layout.
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Thanks..
I took a little video to show what the water looks like. Not the best but I think you can see..
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Thanks for the info. Got home from work today and added some floss in the filter. Seemed to be doing the job. Looking better already. Do you think the placement of the power heads are ok ? Also, the cycle is going good. Ammonia is up to 2ppm but no nitrites yet.
I would put them at the upper rear corner facing forward and down and each other to disperse the current
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No, starting your skimmer will not mess up your cycle. If anything, I would suggest to use it now to break it in. Skimmers can take weeks to break in if new. I would start now so that it's ready by the time you can add livestock.
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