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Old 06-12-2004, 05:42 PM   #1
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Cycle with fish food

I cant find pure ammonia here (they have ingredients on the side), and my parents cant bring anything outside of their work (shes a chemist). Ive heard of fish food used as ammonia; will it work? How much do i add in a 20g high? Any particular brand?

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Old 06-12-2004, 06:02 PM   #2
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A really good way to do a fishless cycle is to buy a raw peice of shrimp and toss it in the tank. As it starts to decay, it will produce ammonia and the cycle will be on its way.
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Old 06-12-2004, 06:21 PM   #3
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Really? 8O

I thought that was only for SW aquariums.
How many pieces? And how long do you leave it in..

Sorry for all the Q's.
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Did you read the article on fishless cycling under the SW section. If not here it is.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=15

It expains it much better than I could. What type of tank are you starting up?
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I usually use a chunk of frozen bloodworms. Since they sink really well I'll usually put them in a clean coffee mug so they don't gunk up the tank/filter. The 30 gal I'm running is being done this way and after 3-4 days I have an ammonia reading of about .5 ppm.

I've heard about the shrimp method but it has one undesirable side effect; since the shrimp floats (usually) it stinks up the area around the tank as it rots. I've never done it this way personally, but I have heard stories more than once about it...
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have you tried walmart? all of the walmarts around here have it. its called "clear ammonia" and its in the cleaning products/bleach isle.

actually 2/3 of them have it but its just because i havent checked the other one
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