Yes I did. I then added some on Nov. 16 because the nitrite was below 1 ppm
. I went by Dr. Tim's quick guide. I will post it below.
Day 1 – dose ammonia to 2 ppm
-N] using our ammonium chloride (1 drop per gallon [After Nov 2016 when using DrTim’s ammonium chloride use 4 drops per gallon]) [NOTE: do not expect your test kit to exactly read 2 ppm
and it is not critical to get exactly 2 ppm
. The key is to not add too much ammonia]. If using DrTim’s Aquatics One & Only Live Nitrifying bacteria add it now (turn skimmer, UV
and ozone off and remove filter socks for 48 hours).
Day 2 – Measure ammonia and nitrite.
Day 3 – If ammonia and nitrite are below 1 ppm
add more ammonia: four drops of our ammonium chloride per gallon (check the label).
Days 4 & 5 – Measure ammonia and nitrite.
Day 6 – If ammonia and nitrite are below 1 ppm
add 2 ppm
ammonia. Four drops of our ammonium chloride per gallon. [NOTE: since you have added the One & Only your ammonia kit will not read 2 ppm
and DO NOT continue adding ammonia trying to get to 2 ppm
– just add 2 ppm
ammonia (4 drops per gallon of our ammonium chloride) and carry-on.
Days 7 & 8 – Measure ammonia and nitrite. On the first measurement day (Day 2, 4, 5, 7 or 8) that BOTH ammonia and nitrite are both below 0.5 ppm
-N or NO2
-N) your tank is close to being cycled.