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post #1 of 7 Old 01-06-2009, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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I can't find pure ammonia!!!!

I just got a 20 gal to use as a nursing tank, and want to cycle it without fish. I can't find the pure ammmonia in order to cycle it. I've been to hardware stores and grocery stores and can't seem to find it anywhere. The closest I got is the colorless, unscented kind with surfactants in it. Is this okay to use that instead of pure ammonia? Do you guys know a store that sells it?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-06-2009, 03:48 PM
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You should only use pure ammonia. Have you tried a True Value or Ace Hardware Store? Mine carry it....

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-06-2009, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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My store does have pure ammonia, or clear ammonia, which is the same thing, but its comes with surfactants in it. Is it necessarily a bad thing? Do you think it'll be alrite if i use that and then do a 90% or so water change after the cycle? IMO i don't think surfactants should really do any harm to fish.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-06-2009, 07:19 PM
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I'm no chemist by any stretch of the imagination but I do know that some surfactants are known to be toxic to animals, ecosystems and humans. I wouldn't use it, but that's just me. I'd wait for someone w/ more experience to give you the answer before using it.

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-07-2009, 11:28 PM
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You do not want ammonia with surfactants. Ace hardware has what you need.

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-07-2009, 11:34 PM
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check walmart or your local food store
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-11-2009, 03:38 PM
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Winn Dixie has it, the only ingrediant on the back are Ammonium and Hydroxide solution, just got done cycling a tank with it, took about 2 weeks
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