We've just bought a used 30gal tank to upgrade from a tiny 2 gallon one. I've read everywhere about cycling, fishless and otherwise, and I want to go with a fishless cycle. The only problem is I cannot find pure ammonia Anywhere in my town. I've tried 2 hardware stores, 3 chain pet stores, and even a kitchen supply store. The closest I could find to pure ammonia was one with only a dye, no surfactant.
When I asked for ammonia in my 3 local chain pet stores they stared at me like I was crazy, and didn't know why I'd want to ADD ammonia. When I mentioned a fishless cycle they told me to use an additive. Every store recommended Nutrafin Cycle: http://www.petco.com/product/13403/N...upplement.aspx
Does anyone have experience with this product? I've read that it doesn't actually have bacteria, just primer? Is there a better product I can buy to start my cycle? I was thinking of using this and adding some of the gravel from my 2gal to speed up the process.
Its my first 'real' tank so I want to start on the right foot before putting in the fish. In my town I've got a PetSmart, PetCo, and a local chain called Panhandle Pet supply so the 'expertise' at these store is pretty hit and miss.
I just need advice on starting the process since I cannot seem to get pure ammonia. I've also just read about Marineland Bio-Spira and I think some shop might carry it in town. Would this be recommended over Nutrafin Cycle?