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Old 02-13-2009, 09:41 PM   #11
 
Thanks everyone, the ammonia levels leaning towards 8ppm...is that bad? i thought i may have put too much in since i kinda measured it by the lines inside the cap since i don't have an eye dropper and can't find one anywhere. I've read it's possible to put in too much ammonia for a fishless. Did i do that? I added the ammonia maybe...2 days ago? and the color after the test has changed slightly...am i on the right track? (This is my very first 'real' aquarium btw so i'm completely new to everything although ive done substantial amounts of research )
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:30 AM   #12
 
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I think the ammonia is to high for bacteria to grow in. I would do a big water change to get ammonia closer to 4ppm, then I would not add any more ammonia until you see the level drop. You should be able to find an eye/ear dropper at any drug store. I had to do a water change with my last fishless cycle as well, some how added to much ammonia. Turning the heater up to the mid 80s may increase your cycle time.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:14 AM   #13
 
when doing a water change (i have a python so it should be quite easy) but when doing a water change...how do you treat the water before putting it into the tank with a python? because wont adding the water kill the beneficial bacteria?
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:46 AM   #14
 
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you could always put a bucket infront of your tank and python the water over to the bucket. add your de-chlorinator per instructions on the bottle. try to match temps of the tank and new water as close as possible and then add water to your tank.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:49 AM   #15
 
YEah thats what i planned on doing. will matching the temps be all that important even though there are no fish in it?
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:50 AM   #16
 
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oh, sorry didnt see that. you shouldnt need to match the temps up but i would still try to keep them close.
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:13 PM   #17
 
Alright cool thank you. I had an idea to make life easier. I only did about a 20% water change...will that be enough to drop my ammonia back down? and also, when adding water...could i put the dose of prime and pour it into the python tubing and then start running the water through it?
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Old 02-14-2009, 01:45 PM   #18
 
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You can add the needed amount of prime into the tank, then fill it straight from the tap. If your ammonia was 8ppm, 20% will probably not be enough. I would try 50-75%.
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Old 02-14-2009, 02:47 PM   #19
 
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I agree with Twistersmom. In theory if your ammonia is 8ppm, doing a 50% water change should drop the ammonia level by 50% assuming you don't have any ammonia in your tap water.

When I use my Python I just add the water conditioner to the tank and then fill. Never had any problem doing it this way.
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Old 02-14-2009, 04:18 PM   #20
 
Being that there arent any fish in it i just added the water and then did a normal dose of prime. is that ok? my ammonia is down to 1ppm now with 50% of the water changed to new water.
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