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milindsaraswala 10-09-2009 06:06 PM

Cycling 8 Gallon New Tank
 
I have questions that found 10% Ammonia Hydroxide from ACE Hardware. Will it work for cycling the tank.

I have another question that I put some ammonia in my 8 gallon tank first time and my ammonia test was showing is more than 8 ppm. What should do next. Should I add more ammonia after 12 hrs or just make another ammonia test every 12 hrs and wait up to ammonia test become zero.

Please advice and give some tips

Twistersmom 10-09-2009 07:57 PM

I am afraid 8 ppm ammonia, is to high for the tank to cycle.
Try a large water change to get ammonia at 4 ppm. Do not add any more ammonia till you see a drop in the ammonia level. Be patient, it will take a while.
Once ammonia starts dropping, then it is time to start adding ammonia daily. Be careful to not over do it, best to only raise it up to 3 ppm to be one the safe side. Anything over 5 ppm, will kill the cycle.
Once you can bump the ammonia up to 3 ppm and get a zero reading for ammonia and nitrites 12 hrs latter, the tank is cycled.
Then you will need to test for nitrates and do a large water change to lower the nitrates to a safe level before adding fish. My tanks, at the end of the cycle, a 75% water change brought the nitrates down to 20 ppm.
That was a brief description, so any questions, just ask.

milindsaraswala 10-12-2009 09:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Twistersmom (Post 255368)
I am afraid 8 ppm ammonia, is to high for the tank to cycle.
Try a large water change to get ammonia at 4 ppm. Do not add any more ammonia till you see a drop in the ammonia level. Be patient, it will take a while.
Once ammonia starts dropping, then it is time to start adding ammonia daily. Be careful to not over do it, best to only raise it up to 3 ppm to be one the safe side. Anything over 5 ppm, will kill the cycle.
Once you can bump the ammonia up to 3 ppm and get a zero reading for ammonia and nitrites 12 hrs latter, the tank is cycled.
Then you will need to test for nitrates and do a large water change to lower the nitrates to a safe level before adding fish. My tanks, at the end of the cycle, a 75% water change brought the nitrates down to 20 ppm.
That was a brief description, so any questions, just ask.

I change water make ammonia reading to 4 ppm and now I brought heater so i wanted to know how much should I keep heat heater.

My another question was that should I put first plants in my aquarium or should I put fish. which will be good ??

Just I finish 2 days after fillling my tank with water 4 ppm ammonia reading

I really very excited for my tank so sorry for any ignorant

MoneyMitch 10-12-2009 10:27 AM

dont add any fish yet cause your ammonia is still sky high, i would completely empty the tank then fill it up put in some water conditioner then let it run for ablut 2 days. then i would add one fish and just do weekly water changes and let nature take its course. it is much easyier than a fishless cycle. as far as your heater set it to around 76-78 degress F

MOA 10-12-2009 11:23 AM

Hello,

Please do not add any fish for a while. Cycling without the aid of supplemental bacteria can take several weeks and the tank will not be safe for a while. Additionally, having high ammonia levels will not "kill" a cycle in and of itself (though it can still be problematic).

For more info, check out this link:

Cycling

MOA

Twistersmom 10-12-2009 07:53 PM

It will be fine to add plants now. If you are sticking with the ammonia / fishless cycle it will be a few weeks before the tank is ready for any fish.
Turning the heater up into the high 80s will speed up the fishless cycle.


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