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Old 01-29-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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OK to add carbon now?

I just finished cycling according to my LFS and the readings I've been getting the last week. I cycled with no carbon in my canister filter and without my skimmer. Is it ok to turn on the skimmer and add carbon now? Also, do i do a cleaning on the sponges on my canister filter or wait since it has some bacteria formed on it?
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Yes, it's ok to use both, but carbon isn't necessary. if you have a pound to a pounds and a half of live rock per gallon in the display, you don't need any other surface area for bacteria and you can and should clean the sponges.
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I only have 10 lbs of LR since I am doing a FO tank and I have an artificial insert. I only have 2 survival chromis out of 5 I started with and just added a CUC of 4 snails yesterday. I have notice the water seem a bit yellowish the past couple of days. I was thinking a water change and carbon would fix that right?
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Yes to both, but rinsing those filters in a bucket of tank water won't rinse off the bacteria. I would rinse them weekly.
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