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Old 08-05-2005, 03:57 AM   #1
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Skimmer Question

How long shoul I wait to plug in the skimmer after I add fish???
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Old 08-05-2005, 10:28 AM   #2
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turn it on the day you add fish.
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Old 08-05-2005, 01:25 PM   #3
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thanks much. The LFS said that i should wait about a month but I was going for first day.


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Old 08-05-2005, 02:21 PM   #4
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Is it ok to have a skimmer on while the tank is cycling?
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Old 08-05-2005, 02:27 PM   #5
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dont use the skimmer when cycling.
use powerheads to circulate the water.

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why is this?? If you could not tell I am new to this.
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Old 08-06-2005, 01:29 AM   #7
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The skimmer will take out the dissolved organic compounds (doc) in the water. You are trying to build this up for the basteria to feed on. The less nutients in the water the less basteria the slower the cycle. Once the cycle has finished the nutients will only help to grow algea. Turn the skimmer on when you add fish to remove the doc's in the water.
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So then, does a filter not remove the DOC's from the water or should I turn this off also?


Hey I see that you are from lubbock. Is the fish store on 34th or 38th (cant remember the right street.) Mr.Aquarium any good?? I am going to come up some time soon to visit my great grandparents in Shallow Water. I was going to stop by while I was there.

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So then, does a filter not remove the DOC's from the water or should I turn this off also?


Hey I see that you are from lubbock. Is the fish store on 34th or 38th (cant remember the right street.) Mr.Aquarium any good?? I am going to come up some time soon to visit my great grandparents in Shallow Water. I was going to stop by while I was there.

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Depends on the filter, some, like the HOB penguins with the biowheel, you want running (to build up colonies on the wheel). Others, such as a canister you may want to wait until you have your tank cycled. It also depends on the amount of LR and circulation you have... Give us your specifics and we can help you decide which is be preferred route to take.
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I have a 100 gal tank with a 2028 ehiem filter with a prizm skimmer. No LR as of yet. just some coral skeletons and some old dead barnacles. I have play sand as substrate<--??

I also have an 802 powerhead. Not sure what brand and a magnum 350 canister filter.

I think that is all.


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