04-23-2011, 08:01 PM
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Actually a really fast and easily adjustable and controlled way of adding ammonia to your tank is to buy some ammonia peroxide at a local ace hardware. If you do it'll be their brand, not others. And just to make sure it's pure ammonia, shake the bottle or jug. If you see bubbles form and not dissapTe, kind of like soap bubbles that stay, do not buy it. Thateana it has additives, which can harm your tank. Also I recommend getting a API master liquid test kit off of amazon.com or your local fish store. Much more accurate than the test strips. Also, to really get the cycle going you need 3-5 ppm worth of ammonia; .05 won't feed the bacteria, or at least enough to get it started.
As mentioned above, getting some filter media, or even better, filter media from an established tank, is the best way to create a "home" for your bacteria buddies. Also if you want you can get some plants to help the process; Anubis plants and anachronis plants are pretty hardy and can help you speed up the cycle. Hope this helps!!
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