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Old 05-28-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Ammonia from walmart

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I'm going to cycle a new tank for my P. demasoni and I was wondering if it was ok to use ammonia from walmart. I will be adding media from my other tanks to speed up the cycle, but since I have never bought ammonia before I don't know where to get it. I went to ace hardware today but they did not have pure ammonia.

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Old 05-28-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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As long as it's pure ammonia it should be ok.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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Well that's the thing in the ingredients it says that it has Ammonium hydroxide (which is just ammonia) and surfactant. So I guess that the real question is, will the surfactant cause any harm or is it just something common in the other brands of ammonia?
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I was about the use the walmart ammonia too but it can't have sufactants in it according to eco23's guide.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:05 PM   #5
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Thanks, I guess that I have to keep looking for the right stuff.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #6
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Are you sure Ace hardware didn't have it? That's the brand most of us use (ACE janitorial strength).
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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Yeah, surfactants will kill your fish. A good test is to shake the bottle, and if any bubbles last more then one or two seconds then it's bad bad mojo.

I ended up getting mine at 14% pure from a Janitorial Warehouse store.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:27 PM   #8
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librarygirl: No, they didn't have pure ammonia. I'm going to try a different store tomorrow, at least now I know what it looks like.

Deep Seven: Yeah I knew about the bubbles the reason why I decided to ask first was because when I tried it didn't make any.


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Old 05-28-2012, 08:48 PM   #9
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Awesome tank!
Is that a DIY background?
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:59 PM   #10
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@Fishandmusic81 thanks, and yeah it is DIY background
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