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post #1 of 5 Old 04-15-2011, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
Which cycling method creates a smell.... and how bad?

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I recently bought a 56g Column style aquarium and am waiting for all my parts to come in so I can start the cycling process. In the meantime, I've been reading up on all the different methods of cycling my tank. There are so many helpful posts on this site, however now I can't find the one I am referring to below!

I recall reading somewhere (but I obviously can't remember where now) that one of the methods has the potential to create a pretty strong smell. I believe it mentioned that it was either the shrimp method or pure ammonia method?? Who has experience with either of these and can help me out??

I also recently bought a bottle of ammonia from Walmart. I recalled reading from the same article/post about putting ammonia in every day. I was slightly confused from this post and thought that meant during the shrimp method. (I now realize that is not the case after reading the Beginners sticky note.)

However, I did want to ask about the bottle of ammonia I bought. Is it really 100% ammonia??! The ingredients on the back say Ammonium Hydroxide and Surfactant. I am thinking that this may not truly be 100% ammonia and am hesitant to use it. Does this sound about right?

Thanks for any help!
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Hey!

I recently bought a 56g Column style aquarium and am waiting for all my parts to come in so I can start the cycling process. In the meantime, I've been reading up on all the different methods of cycling my tank. There are so many helpful posts on this site, however now I can't find the one I am referring to below!

I recall reading somewhere (but I obviously can't remember where now) that one of the methods has the potential to create a pretty strong smell. I believe it mentioned that it was either the shrimp method or pure ammonia method?? Who has experience with either of these and can help me out??

I also recently bought a bottle of ammonia from Walmart. I recalled reading from the same article/post about putting ammonia in every day. I was slightly confused from this post and thought that meant during the shrimp method. (I now realize that is not the case after reading the Beginners sticky note.)

However, I did want to ask about the bottle of ammonia I bought. Is it really 100% ammonia??! The ingredients on the back say Ammonium Hydroxide and Surfactant. I am thinking that this may not truly be 100% ammonia and am hesitant to use it. Does this sound about right?

Thanks for any help!

No, that ammonia is not the right one. The surfactant means there is soap in it. Do you have an Ace Hardware near you? They have pure ammonia or at least the one here does. The way to find out if it is pure ammonia is to shake it and if it does not foam up then that's what you want.

I started off with the fish flake method of fishless cycling and it smelled pretty bad. My tank is in my bedroom and I couldn't sleep at night, it's all I smelled! So I drained it and did the cycle with goldfish. I never did the shrimp method but have read that it smells really bad. The flakes smelled bad so I don't even want to know what the shrimp smells like! I wanted to do the ammonia method myself but I was actually scared of the smell. I've read that some people say it smells if you overdose the tank or when you open the bottle, some have said that if you put in the right amount it does not smell. If you get the correct ammonia all you can do is try and if you're like me and it smells unbearably bad, just drain it and you can start over. Just make sure you get the right ammonia. Good luck!
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-15-2011, 02:23 PM
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Yes, I have heard the shrimp method can smell pretty bad

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-15-2011, 03:08 PM
well yeah the shrimp basically rots in the tank, its likely to smell bad. My "el natural" went through a week of smelling. It didn't smell bad exactly.... it just smelled, which normally tanks have only the faintest of smells.

I agree get the ammonia from Ace hardware.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-15-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
Just swung by my local Ace Hardware... was not able to locate 100% ammonia! I'm going to talk to a friend of mine that works for them to see if it's something they can order for me! If not, it looks like I may have to use an alternate way to cycle.

Thanks for all the input so far tho!
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