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jsm11482 09-05-2006 11:46 AM

Finding Ammonia
 
I can't seem to find ammonia - well not Pure Ammonia at least. Every where either has the lemon scented or the clear stuff but the ingredients list things other than ammonia. I asked at the counter at the pharmacy but they said they didn't have any. Where else can I look - oh and how much do you need to add and how often? (5ppm?)

crazie.eddie 09-05-2006 12:10 PM

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jsm11482 09-05-2006 12:14 PM

I don't have an established tank - if I was to get some gravel from the LFS (from a tank) how much should I get? This is just a 30gal tank which I wanted to get started while I wait to setup my 90gal.

zeb_nz 09-05-2006 01:49 PM

a cup full would do any size tank, the bacteria will spread. I think that he wanted discus and nice plecos so I would do a fish less cycle.

jsm11482 09-05-2006 01:55 PM

Thanks. Basically I am setting up this 15-30 gal (I think its 15 but not sure) to use to grow plants for my 90gal once its setup. But I figured I might as well start the cycling on this 15gal then I can move the canister filter to the 90gal once its setup, that way the 90gal's cycle will be boosted a. Make sense? I do want to go with fishless cycling. I will stop by the pet store on the way home and see if they will hook me up with some bacteria. :wink: Thanks.

Tracy 09-13-2006 10:29 PM

I'll never understand this "fishless" cycling. If you add bacteria but there are no fish in there, how can the bacteria thrive?
I am one of the guilty parties that use "cycle' when starting a new aquarium, or upgrading to a new one. I have NEVER lost a fish to "new tank syndrome".

Lupin 09-13-2006 10:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blue_gourami45
I'll never understand this "fishless" cycling. If you add bacteria but there are no fish in there, how can the bacteria thrive?

In fishless cycling, you add pure ammonia that you buy from a store or obtain from a chemist. Ammonia will serve as food for the bacteria.
With fish, their wastes will serve as ammonia and food for the bacteria.


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