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Old 07-12-2006, 08:15 PM   #1
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Fishless cycle

About two weeks ago I bought 2 new AC filters for our 10 gal fry tanks. They would not fit on the lip of any of the other tanks so I decided to try my hand at a fishless cycle using pure ammonia. I figure it's the perfect time to experiment with it and gain first hand experience. I have not been dosing daily because the first shot of ammonia lasted for over 2 days.

July 7th I started the cycle by adding 1.5 ml of pure ammonia.
July 9th I tested the water and had 4 ppm of ammonia. I also dosed another 1.5 ml of pure ammonia.
July 12th I tested the water and had .5 ppm of ammonia. I also tested Nitrite and have a reading of 2.0. I dosed another 1.5 ml of pure ammonia

Can this be right? I am already going into the Nitrite stage? It's only been 5 days.
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It has happened to me FF. So I say yes it can happen with pure ammonia.
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I'm definately going to start testing the water daily. How long did it take for you to cycle the tank when the Nitrites came so fast?
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Best cycle I've had with ammonia dosing, 13 days. I kept ammonia at 6ppm and it went really fast, I turned the heat up to 83 as well. Worked great, don't know if I was an abnormality or not but it did work.
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i had a similar experience when fishless cycling with pure ammonia. dosed to 4ppm daily and i think it was a week later i had fully completed the cycle. i had seeded substrate and decor, which i'm sure helped. sure liked not having to look at a rotting shrimp... good luck!
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We don't have a heater at the moment so it is room temp. The heater was flaking off the black stickers so we ditched it.
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Like you I would think thats pretty fast....and I would be surprised.

But unless you assume that both tests have failed,which can not be the case imo,the cycle is moving on.

Is everything being used brand new?Any chance for accidental bacteria transfer?
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Everything is used besides the filter. But the tank had been sitting without an ammonia source (except for a few MTS) for the past few weeks.
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Just thinking outloud really....but perhaps the MTS kept some bacteria alive (why wouldn't that be) and now you are just overloading the bacteria population with a much larger ammonia source.

Did you test the tank before the initial dose?
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No, I didn't test it beforehand. Never thought about it. Maybe I should test for Nitrates.
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