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So I finally set up my LED nano. I have a Tunze 9002 skimmer. At this point I am running just the filter media to get most of the garbage out of the tank. How long should I wait to run the skimmer? Running a skimmer immediately from my understanding is counter productive due to the cycling process. Granted you are skimming a lot of junk out of the tank. You are also taking away from beneficial bacteria trying to form.

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I think the only theoretical reason for not skimming during the cycle is that you're taking away nutrients that the bacteria eat so you aren't getting a good strong population.


I personally think that reason is silly... look up some stuff on the oft-controversial "hard" versus "soft" cycle debate. It definitely doesn't remove beneficial bacteria though.

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