cycling with a skimmer

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  1. nathen

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    :yeahdude:hi all new Question is it true , that when cycling a new tank and you run the skimmer it cycles faster, than without the skimmer turned on.
     
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    You need some die off in the tank to kick off the cycle. Skimming would remove stuff that would otherwise aid the cycle process. I would say rather leave it off.
     
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    There should not be that many DOC in the tank for the skimmer to take out.

    Also depends if you did rince in a bucket your LR in some SW before you added them to the tank. If it did come out of another tank that got broken up, yes then most likely there will be a lot of detritus trapped. A good rinse should have gotten rid of most of it.

    I reckon, on the first days skimmer will do something, then you could switch it off when it stops producing bubbles for the rest of the cycle.
     
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    We do not try to start cycles. The more dead stuff in uncured live rock the more toxins will build up killing more stuff.

    The quicker you get the toxins out of the water the better. A protein skimmer will certainly help this process.

    If there is no dead stuff, for instance rock is moved from one tank to another no cycling will take place. We do not need to cycle a tank if the rock is fully cured. a short bedding- in period will benefit the system however. Mini cycles and adjustments will take place to reach equilibrium in the tank. Also a period to allow criturs to build up a population is great before introducing predatory fish. :)

    Cheers

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    Mmm, once again different strokes for different folks. Heres my 2C:

    @ Bob agreed, we try to "eliminate" cycles...not start them

    @ Riaan, there will always be die off, the moment LR is exposed to air certain bacteria strains die on contact....so unless you can remove LR under water, rinse & replace under water you will already have die off. This excludes other sensitive micro organisms.

    In general I think running a skimmer is a good idea for the same reason bob mentioned, the quicker the bad stuff gets out the quicker the good stuff will start multiplying.

    If you want to "kick start" the biological process...rather use a bacteria strain / prep IMHO
     
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