06-20-2007, 11:47 AM
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For those looking, if you have an ACE Hardware nearby, they have so far the only reliable brand of pure ammonia I've seen recommended on all sites, and I used it as well. It's called Janitorial Strength, and it's very cheap.
As always, I recommend the shake-no-foam test, rule out any other ingredients other than water/ammonium hydroxide etc., (no "quality control" or "chelating agents" or "surfactants", dyes, perfumes, or anything else.) Also it should have the same friction as water, not feel slippery or coated. You should also know right away once you open the bottle, because it stinks up the room - it shouldn't smell nice or anything. *lol*)
I'm happy I have mine on hand - everything I ever take out of the tank like old filters, fake plants or rocks I don't want anymore, etc., it all goes in the bin under my sink, with an air bubbler in it. Every few days I drop some of that ammonia in. It's nice to have a source of bacteria for friends' new tanks, as well as if I ever needed another QT bin, or had to wipe mine...
At 1.60 a bottle, it'll last a while... :D