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post #1 of 6 Old 10-09-2009, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
Cycling 8 Gallon New Tank

I have questions that found 10% Ammonia Hydroxide from ACE Hardware. Will it work for cycling the tank.

I have another question that I put some ammonia in my 8 gallon tank first time and my ammonia test was showing is more than 8 ppm. What should do next. Should I add more ammonia after 12 hrs or just make another ammonia test every 12 hrs and wait up to ammonia test become zero.

Please advice and give some tips
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-09-2009, 08:57 PM
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I am afraid 8 ppm ammonia, is to high for the tank to cycle.
Try a large water change to get ammonia at 4 ppm. Do not add any more ammonia till you see a drop in the ammonia level. Be patient, it will take a while.
Once ammonia starts dropping, then it is time to start adding ammonia daily. Be careful to not over do it, best to only raise it up to 3 ppm to be one the safe side. Anything over 5 ppm, will kill the cycle.
Once you can bump the ammonia up to 3 ppm and get a zero reading for ammonia and nitrites 12 hrs latter, the tank is cycled.
Then you will need to test for nitrates and do a large water change to lower the nitrates to a safe level before adding fish. My tanks, at the end of the cycle, a 75% water change brought the nitrates down to 20 ppm.
That was a brief description, so any questions, just ask.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-12-2009, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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I am afraid 8 ppm ammonia, is to high for the tank to cycle.
Try a large water change to get ammonia at 4 ppm. Do not add any more ammonia till you see a drop in the ammonia level. Be patient, it will take a while.
Once ammonia starts dropping, then it is time to start adding ammonia daily. Be careful to not over do it, best to only raise it up to 3 ppm to be one the safe side. Anything over 5 ppm, will kill the cycle.
Once you can bump the ammonia up to 3 ppm and get a zero reading for ammonia and nitrites 12 hrs latter, the tank is cycled.
Then you will need to test for nitrates and do a large water change to lower the nitrates to a safe level before adding fish. My tanks, at the end of the cycle, a 75% water change brought the nitrates down to 20 ppm.
That was a brief description, so any questions, just ask.
I change water make ammonia reading to 4 ppm and now I brought heater so i wanted to know how much should I keep heat heater.

My another question was that should I put first plants in my aquarium or should I put fish. which will be good ??

Just I finish 2 days after fillling my tank with water 4 ppm ammonia reading

I really very excited for my tank so sorry for any ignorant
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-12-2009, 11:27 AM
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dont add any fish yet cause your ammonia is still sky high, i would completely empty the tank then fill it up put in some water conditioner then let it run for ablut 2 days. then i would add one fish and just do weekly water changes and let nature take its course. it is much easyier than a fishless cycle. as far as your heater set it to around 76-78 degress F
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-12-2009, 12:23 PM
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Hello,

Please do not add any fish for a while. Cycling without the aid of supplemental bacteria can take several weeks and the tank will not be safe for a while. Additionally, having high ammonia levels will not "kill" a cycle in and of itself (though it can still be problematic).

For more info, check out this link:

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-12-2009, 08:53 PM
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It will be fine to add plants now. If you are sticking with the ammonia / fishless cycle it will be a few weeks before the tank is ready for any fish.
Turning the heater up into the high 80s will speed up the fishless cycle.
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