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    Skimmer ?

    How long should your tank be set up before you add the protein skimmer?

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    too funny ToX!....

    I was told you can go a few of months after your initial cycle before you really need to start running your skimmer. Not a lot of stuff to pull out of the water right away.

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    I was told the same.....no much of a bio-load at the initial start.
    However, can't see it hurting to start with one initially anyways.
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    That's true, if you have it already, go ahead and start running it. I just waited a bit to buy mine and picked up some other goodies first.

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    Thanks alot guys.
    How long after can i start with mushrooms,zoos,etc?

    jim

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    It all depends on the size of your tank and the bioload that you build up to. I have read in Marine Encyclopedia and have read on-line articles that 6 months is ideal.
    If my wife asks, it was only $20.

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    My advice would be to skim from day one. Until I started up a bare-bottom system, I had no idea how much stuff came off of just rock. My 180 gal had 200 lbs of live rock and 4 fish. I pulled out 2 cups a day of skimmate for 6 months. That would have been a lot of nutrients to leave in the system.

    I can't think of a way that skimmimg early would hurt.

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    I have a 125 gal and over 200 lbs of live rock and about 60 lbs of live sand and new subsratate.I also have another question.I just tested my calcium and it dosent even read on the scale.I have been putting in the recomended amouts that they say on the bottle.Still nothing.Does the salt not have enough in it.How can i get the leveles to 400?

    Thanks for all the help.
    jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimskoi
    I have a 125 gal and over 200 lbs of live rock and about 60 lbs of live sand and new subsratate.I also have another question.I just tested my calcium and it dosent even read on the scale.I have been putting in the recomended amouts that they say on the bottle.Still nothing.Does the salt not have enough in it.How can i get the leveles to 400?

    Thanks for all the help.
    jim
    If your test kit is not measuring any calcium at all, I would question the test kit.
    What type of kit is it? (ie. Hagen, Salifert, etc).
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