Let's talk protein skimmers and tank cycling/rock curing.

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  1. randyBRS

    randyBRS Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsors

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    FAQ #30: Should I run my protein skimmer during my tank cycle, and while curing rock?

    I've always ran my skimmer during a cycle to help combat the massive amount of crud that is going to be breaking down in the water column (especially if you are curing rock in the tank at the same time), but I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Do you think it's a good idea?
     
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    twilliard Last day 3-13 of the quarter! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Partner Member

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    Heck ya! There is a ton of organics while curing and the skimmer is the best tool to remove it.
     
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    I'd tend to agree :D
     
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    Hummm...this has me thinking. Thanks for bringing this up. If you're doing a fishless cycle using pure ammonia, Is it possible that a protein skimmer could remove some of the ammonia thus causing the tank to take longer to get thru the cycle? I know protein skimmers can remove some chemicals but I'm not sure about ammonia. Thoughts anyone?
     
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    Possibly a very small fraction just in the little bit of water that is in the foam that spills over the lip of the cup. Skimmers really only move organic particles in mass though, so if you were "ghost" feeding your tank to start the cycle it's possible a good portion of the food could be removed.
     
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    I run mine during a cycle
     
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    Nice, it's amazing the gunk it pulls out.
     

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