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post #1 of 5 Old 05-17-2014, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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fishless cycle help please

Hi guys I need help Ive set up my 130 litre tank put the temperature to 28 degree's as I have read this is the best temperature for bacteria to grow. I'm using jeyes kleen off multi-purpose ammonia as my ammonia source. Now going off these ammonia calculators it states I should add 4ml of ammonia to get to 3ppm but I've added 7ml already and it's still at <0,05 can any help me???
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-17-2014, 08:36 PM
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You need a good Ammonia test. The minimum reading on API Ammonia drop test is 0.25 ppm.
I don't know what test can give you a reading of 0.05 ? Are those ppm (parts per million= miligrams per liter)?
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-17-2014, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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The test kit I have is fine I paid a decent amount of money for it but it states that the water should go like a green/blue colour for 3ppm but it's yellow which going of the kit reading book that means there's hardly any ammonia in the tank so I don't understand???
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-18-2014, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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Just so people know I'm using a jbl testlab testing kit.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-18-2014, 08:52 AM
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I am not familiar with Jbl tests. Are they for freshwater?
I am also not familiar with Jeyes Kleen as a source of ammonia. How much ammonia is in there? How did you calculate how much to dose? Keep in mind that ammonia is volatile (is actually a gas) and un properly stored bottle (old, opened, exposed to heat) might lose a good part. Make sure the liquid does not foam when shaken (a sign that other detergents might be along ammonia)
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