10-12-2009, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Twistersmom
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