LFS recceomended turning skimmer and fleece roller with new tank?

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Recently set up a new tank with live rock from my LFS and "live" Fiji pink sand, I'm also dosing MicroBacter7 for the first 14 days to improve bacteria diversity. I'm already detecting around 2/3 ppm Nitrate and low levels of ammonia. In the next few days I plan to add a pair of clownish as well.

My LFS recommended not turning on the skimmer or fleece roller for potentially the first few months, as 'over filtration' would be bad for establishing the tank. What are your thoughts on this? I think the skimmer makes sense to leave off as the waste will help to speed up the nitrate cycle or no? What about the fleece roller?

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Leave them off sounds good for now. The skimmer will be the only thing pulling out bacteria though.
I'm thinking I will leave them off as well.

I'll likely just keep an eye on my parameters, if nitrates are getting too high in between water changes, post cycle, I think that's the time to switch them on.
 
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Recently set up a new tank with live rock from my LFS and "live" Fiji pink sand, I'm also dosing MicroBacter7 for the first 14 days to improve bacteria diversity. I'm already detecting around 2/3 ppm Nitrate and low levels of ammonia. In the next few days I plan to add a pair of clownish as well.

My LFS recommended not turning on the skimmer or fleece roller for potentially the first few months, as 'over filtration' would be bad for establishing the tank. What are your thoughts on this? I think the skimmer makes sense to leave off as the waste will help to speed up the nitrate cycle or no? What about the fleece roller?

Thanks!
Skimmer can hold and if you have little waste or not yet feeding- leave fleece off also as it will provide no biological help
 

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