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post #1 of 5 Old 03-01-2011, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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10% Ammonia Hydroxide for fishless cycle? Is this the right stuff??

They have this at a local hardware store. It says 10% Ammonia Hydroxide and there are no ingredients listed (someone read it to me over the phone) and it is clear in color and it says Janitorial Strength. Is this the "pure" ammonia I'm supposed to use for the fishless cycle? I've been doing fish flakes for almost a week now and my ammonia is only at .25 and won't rise to 5 ppm like I want it to. I've been doing a pinch twice a day. Should I double that amount then? Should I get that ammonia? I just don't know what the 10% means... Seems the closest to pure I could find because all the others have soaps and scents in them.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-01-2011, 01:10 AM
If its from Ace hardware then yeah that stuff works.

You need to find a standard for your water. Fill up a 2-3 gallon bucket and start adding ACCURATELY measured amounts of ammonia. You can often get free mL syringes from pharmacies or buy a bag of pipets from walmart. Fill the bucket with regular water add 5 drops mix it for a minuet and test it for ammonia. Write down how many drops you add in total and what the ammonia level is. Basically what you are trying to find is how many drops/mL you need to add to raise one gallon of water 1ppm in ammonia. Then when you add it to the tank your not guessing, you have a general estimate to follow. Do make sure you verify the tank and don't assume your estimate was spot on. Mainly make sure you don't go above 5ppm.

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Yes that is the stuff you need. It is what I am using right now and it works like a charm

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If its from Ace hardware then yeah that stuff works.

You need to find a standard for your water. Fill up a 2-3 gallon bucket and start adding ACCURATELY measured amounts of ammonia. You can often get free mL syringes from pharmacies or buy a bag of pipets from walmart. Fill the bucket with regular water add 5 drops mix it for a minuet and test it for ammonia. Write down how many drops you add in total and what the ammonia level is. Basically what you are trying to find is how many drops/mL you need to add to raise one gallon of water 1ppm in ammonia. Then when you add it to the tank your not guessing, you have a general estimate to follow. Do make sure you verify the tank and don't assume your estimate was spot on. Mainly make sure you don't go above 5ppm.
Great info! Thanks so much. I feel better about purchasing it now that I know it is the right stuff to get. I will get the droppers and use the bucket to do some experimenting. Thank you, very helpful.
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Yes that is the stuff you need. It is what I am using right now and it works like a charm

ok great I'm glad there is someone using the same, I always hear you need to get "pure ammonia" but it didn't say that on the bottle so I wasn't sure.
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