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Old 02-14-2011, 05:27 PM   #1
 
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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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Old 02-14-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
 
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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!

good luck!!!
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:59 PM   #3
 
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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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Old 02-14-2011, 11:38 PM   #4
 
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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.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:51 AM   #5
 
Alright I will try reducing my ammonia and see if that helps. Thanks for the advice :)
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:39 PM   #6
 
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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Old 02-16-2011, 03:35 PM   #7
 
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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Old 02-16-2011, 07:33 PM   #8
 
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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Yes.
Thats what I was afraid of. hahah :P
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