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Old 09-07-2012, 10:12 AM   #11
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Yes so it seems. I'm the newbie of all newbies. However I want to learn how to do this cycling properly. Seems overwhelming at the moment all the testing etc. So I start the learning curve today. Will try to find pure ammonia. So far I am so glad for the help.
I dont think they have Ace stores in Canada but I may be wrong! As I said, finding ammonia can be the hardest part. You want the ingredients to list ammonium hydroxide & water and nothing else. No surfectants, fragrances, dyes, etc. Shake the bottle- if it foams/bubbles (like soap), skip it. Large chain stores/home improvement type stores wont carry anything usuable, so save yourself the hassle & skip them. You may have luck at a small hardware store/drugstore or a Dollar Tree store (if you have them). If you have no luck, amazon sells a couple of brands of usuable ammonia (incl Ace) as well. Good luck!
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I don't think pure ammonia is available in Canada. Have tried every right down to call chemical Mft. And janatorial supply companies. Almost as though product is banned.
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You don't have to use pure ammonia. You can have great results just by feeding your tank or placing some fish food or raw shrimp in a media bag to let that decompose. For one of my fishless cycles I got lazy and just fed the tank as if it had fish until it cycled which worked lol.
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Hey I found a bottle of household ammonia at a supermarket. It says no phosphates or fragrances on the label. Unfortunately it has no ingredients listed. I think I may have the stuff. It's probably 10 percent ammonia mixed with water. How can I find out?
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I found goldex household ammonia. Is this stuff ok to use to start my fishless cycle??
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Ok I opened the goldex and gave it a shake. No bubbles or foam . Is this the stuff ??
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Ok I've got the ammonia the master test kit the bubbler in place temp cranked up to 80. So how many drops of goldex ammonia do I put in and when do I test ammonia level. Do I put ammonia in every day and test water every day? Sheesh. A daily routine is what I need. Help. Newbie.
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Ok I've got the ammonia the master test kit the bubbler in place temp cranked up to 80. So how many drops of goldex ammonia do I put in and when do I test ammonia level. Do I put ammonia in every day and test water every day? Sheesh. A daily routine is what I need. Help. Newbie.
The article I supplied and the calculator previously supplied should answer all your questions
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The worst part about a fishless cycle is the waiting. You will get a routine down in a couple of days. But it will take several weeks for the tank to cycle and it goes SLOWLY. You will learn patience if you don't already have it. It is a little silly but that is one big thing I have learned from this hobby. You cannot rush anything. Just have to wait. And wait. And wait.

My one piece of advice is once you are cycled don't feel like you have to fully stock up the tank right away. Take time to research fish and buy slowly. Once the fish are in and you are fully stocked the excitement wears off a bit.
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If you want to speed up the cycle you can get decor, substrate, or filter media from an established tank to introduce the different bacterias. You can actually instantly cycle a tank if you use enough "seeded" material.
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