I am finallllllly ready to set-up my 55G which I salvaged from Craigslist, clean and is now ready for some fish. I have decided to go with a fishless cycle. I'm not a newb when it comes to keeping fish, I've learned alot through here..... I am with the fishless cycle however. I have always done fish-in cycles and have decided to this one the safe way. I will be picking up all my gravel, and some fake plants for right now. I may make a post about the progress of my tank, I'm not sure though
I know that I need to fill the tank, add the gravel, plants, rocks, set up the filters and air stones ( i know not necessary, but my fiance likes them)....then set the heater to the mid 80's....
it says to add 3-5 drops of pure ammonia per gallon(enough to bring it to 4 or 5 ppm), so it would be about 165 drops for my 55G. Is says to do this everyday until the ammonia test is zero, should take about two weeks they say.
it then says the nitrItes will be very high( I know that this)....it says to continue to add ammonia each day to bring the ammonia to 1 or 2ppm........do i add half as many drops as i did before the ammonia dropped to zero? do I continue to add ammonia until the nitrites test zero for about 2 or 3 days?
I then know to do a 90% water change to clear out the nitrAtes.....
Sorry if these are stupid basic questions, but I learned alot and want to do this tank to the best of my ability....any advice? is their something I'm missing?
Any and all advice is welcome!!!
here is the link I read from: Fishless Cycling Made Easy