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post #1 of 10 Old 02-14-2011, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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So exactly one week ago I started the fishless cycle using pure ammonia in my 55g tank. I put 5 mL of Ace Hardware Janitorial Strength ammonia in my tank and it brought my ammonia level to ~6ppm. Possibly a little higher. The problem is that is has been an entire week and NONE of my levels have even budged at all! Ammonia still shows ~6 on my API liquid test. Should I be worried? What should I do?
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So exactly one week ago I started the fishless cycle using pure ammonia in my 55g tank. I put 5 mL of Ace Hardware Janitorial Strength ammonia in my tank and it brought my ammonia level to ~6ppm. Possibly a little higher. The problem is that is has been an entire week and NONE of my levels have even budged at all! Ammonia still shows ~6 on my API liquid test. Should I be worried? What should I do?
just wait a bit longer..add some tetra safe start, or plants could help out a bit..

the pure ammonia method is tricky

do another thread asking if anyone has done the pure ammonia method of cycling that might help!

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just wait a bit longer..add some tetra safe start, or plants could help out a bit..

the pure ammonia method is tricky

do another thread asking if anyone has done the pure ammonia method of cycling that might help!

good luck!!!
I already added a bottle of tetra safe start I don't think it helped too much.
But I need help I'm really confused! I thought I was doing everything good!!
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So exactly one week ago I started the fishless cycle using pure ammonia in my 55g tank. I put 5 mL of Ace Hardware Janitorial Strength ammonia in my tank and it brought my ammonia level to ~6ppm. Possibly a little higher. The problem is that is has been an entire week and NONE of my levels have even budged at all! Ammonia still shows ~6 on my API liquid test. Should I be worried? What should I do?
Might reduce ammonia to four mL and give it another week, Can take two weeks to three weeks before nitrites appear.
Once nitrites appear,I would reduce ammonia by one half.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-15-2011, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Alright I will try reducing my ammonia and see if that helps. Thanks for the advice :)
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-16-2011, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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So my ammonia levels are still very stable at 5ppm and will not move. Am I being impatient or is there something I am not doing correctly?
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-16-2011, 04:35 PM
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I bought the Ace ammonia too and I think I added too much ammonia initially. My reading was definitely over 6ppm, and it stayed that way for 9 days. Finally I did a pwc and brought it down to around 4-5ish. After a few days the ammonia dropped a bit and I saw nitrites. Good luck.
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-16-2011, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thank you for the advice. I think I will lower it even more. Hopefully this wont take too long!
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Am I being impatient?
Yes.

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Thats what I was afraid of. hahah :P
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