Protein skimmer during cycle?

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  1. nightster

    nightster Pajama Cardinal

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    Should I run my skimmer during my cycle? I'm going to start my cycle in probably 2 weeks just curious if I should or not.
     
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  3. Otty

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    There is nothing in there to skim. "I" always wait until about 6 months after the system is running to start the skimmer. You will be removing spores that are essential for Coraline growth.

    You will receive all kinds of advice on this. That is why I put quotes around "I".
     
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    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    for me it depends on the method I choose to start my tank and my cycling method

    if I go base rock, dry sand, and Damsel, which I have done often, I would not skim

    if I go live rock / uncured, which I have done this time around then I did add skimmer early and also leave lights off
    I get plenty of pea green skimmate when I did it this way

    Steve
     
  5. nightster

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    Well I will definitely leave my lights off, mainly I was just wondering if I could start my cycle before I order my skimmer. I was thinking about going with a marineland marine pro 100.
     
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    Yes you can, IME

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    If you currently have water in the tank, then your cycle has already begun. The only reason I see of the running the skimmer is to allow it to break in while the tank is cycling. Over all it is not really going to make a difference if you run during the cycle or after the cycle.
     
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    I don't have water in it yet, well not a lot. I have my live sand then an inch of water on top to keep it from drying out...
     
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    Hi, jumping I here.

    Cycling with dry rock, I can understand why the skimmer should be off, but the lights off? Im starting a tank this Saturday, was planning on just using regular compact fluorescent light during cycle. My thinking is that the light would help beneficial algae growth.
     
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    Well I just found out about the tunze 9002, think I'm gonna go with that skimmer actually...
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    IMO that is one of the best smaller skimmers on the market. Tunze has been making skimmer for along long time and the quailty and workmenship shows.