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  1. Nemo84

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    Hey Masa
    On my overflow box i have two outlets 32mm that lead into the first chamber of my sump.
    My question is can i take one of the outlet pipes and connect it to my skimmer instead of having a skimmer pump ?

    My second question is when i start my tanks cycle do i need to add anything to the tank besides the salt or can i let it cycle on its own ?

    3. Do i wait a few weeks to add the live rock or can i add it straight away?
     
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  3. TaahirS

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    The whole point of the tank cycling is so that all of the for off from the rock can be consumed by bacteria and to boost the bacterial population. So the live rock and sand must be in from the start:thumbup:
     
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  4. Dexter

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    Think he meant live rock instead of livestock
     
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    hello to answer ur question on skimmer no!! once water in and salinity balanced add rock straight away
     
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    Yes thanks. Autocorrect. Edited:thumbup:
     
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    Okay so no need for stability ?
     
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    Yes you could if you want. Stability is a bacterial product. So it adds bacteria to your tank. So your cycle will be quicker. So by adding stability you are adding beneficial bacteria to your tank.
     
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    You can add the one pipe directly to your skimmer. Save a few bucks by eliminating one pump.
    But keep in mind that anything that goes down the overflow pipe will end up directly inside the skimmer. Including snails and smaller fish.

    And if you do connect your skimmer this way, use a union to allow you to easily take the plumbing apart for skimmer maintenance.
     
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    its a load of nonsense and a money making scheme, just do it the good old fashioned way!!
    :thumbup:
     
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    Do i need to add anything to the skimmer - i see some skimmer pumps has a airline attached to it ?
     
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    all skimmers got an airline.
    It is what makes the bubbles.
     
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    So if i connect my one outlet to my skimmer and get a airpump with airstone and place the airstone inside the skimmer it should work fine then ?
     
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    No. You can only feed an external skimmer directly from the overflow. You still need a dedicated skimmer pump with a venturi to do the skimming. An airstone is not going to do anything.
     
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    What skimmer do you have?
    Skimmer should have a pump with a venturi to suck in air. Skimmers that require a feeder pump should have a second recirculating pump attached to the side of the skimmer body.
     
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    What skimmer do you have? Is it a recirculating skimmer? One with 2 pumps? Those types normally have the air intake on the pump that drives the recirculation. No need for an air stone then.
     
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    snap
     
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    Ive got a boyu and a ts1 both without pumps
     
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    TS1 must use a pump. Cannot hard plumb it into the overflow.
     
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    I'll get a pump
     
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