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Old 07-13-2006, 12:15 AM   #11
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I would do that and stop adding ammonia for the moment....or at least a lot.

I would also suggest a control sample (from the tap) and run both at the same time.The difference between 5 and 0 with the AP test is tough to see.A second vial of known zero is a sweet thing...it makes a big difference in seeing low level nitrates.
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Old 07-13-2006, 12:39 AM   #12
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I had ammonia conversion that quickly also. Not to put a damper on things, but my nitrite conversion took just about forever anyway (I actually don't know how long it took for the second phase because I caved in and added Bio-Spira)
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I had ammonia conversion in about 7 days, and the whole cycle took just under a month. I'd recommend only adding about 8-10 drops (0.5mL) per day of ammonia. Otherwise, you're going to have a cubic butt ton of nitrates when this is all over. I had over 80 nitrates at the end, and I was adding 8 drops every other day. My nitrites quickly went off scale.
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Old 07-13-2006, 01:52 PM   #14
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does the shrimp method work in freshwater as well? for some reason i thought that was for saltwater. perhaps just because of the way the articles i read were written.

is the pure ammonia adding a more efficient way to go?
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Shrimp works for fresh water as well. The pure ammonia is easier and starts faster, with the added bonus of not having to watch a shrimp decompose in your living room.
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Old 07-13-2006, 02:37 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info!

as a follow up question, when you add your drops of ammonia, do you add them all at once or space them out over the day?

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All at once. Doesn't really matter if you consistenly do it at the same time of day either. Doesn't matter if you skip a day occaisionally, just so long as you don't go too long without adding drops as the ammonia->nitrite bacteria may die off.
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Cool, thanks for the answers.

it seemed a bit daunting at first, but it seems easier than throwing fish that i would constantly worry about them dying.
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What type of ammonia is being used here? I'm using a 10% solution which is still kind of strong. It only takes 1.5 mL of it to bring 29 US gallons to about 1 ppm. I'm currently dosing at that rate every 12 hrs. Which means 2ppm every day.

Ammonia readings are returning to zero within the 12 hrs, and Nitrites are currently offscale high. I have a reading of approx 5ppm of Nitrates.

Should I reduce the ammonia amounts added?
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You could drop it to 1 ppm a day. If you dilute your sample 50% in tap water (assuming tap test clear for nitrites), you can find out you nitrite reading by multiplying the result by 2. If it comes out over 6 ppm I would do a 50% water change so you dont have to wait forever for the nitrite part of the cycle to complete.
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