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Old 02-11-2013, 07:06 PM   #11
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Wouldn't ammonia drops or tablets be as adequate? Or do I need to really buy raw shrimp?
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:39 PM   #12
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You can use liquid ammonia drops (never heard of tablets), but you must be absolutely sure it's pure ammonia..... no other additives or detergents can be present. I've never used it, but I've heard you can find it at Ace Hardware stores.
If you're using drops, you have to monitor your ammonia level pretty much daily to make sure you're not adding too much, which can hamper the cycle. Then, once your ammo level starts dropping, you have to worry about continual dosing to feed the developing cycle. With the raw shrimp method, it's "drop it in & let it go".... Not as gross as it sounds, and it's very easy.
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I used the shrimp(fact is then you don't have to remember to do anything). It worked well and I have had that tank running for 3 months now and all is well!
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