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Old 12-31-2012, 07:59 PM   #11 
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Sure. I set up my tank, and filter - I use an Aquaclear 20 in a 10 gallon.
Cranked the heater up to 80.
Added 5 drops of pure ace ammonia using some generic eye dropper I bought at the pharmacy section of wal mart. , waited 24 hours and tested with an API drops kit. I kept doing this until I got 4ppm ammonia.
I kept it at this level by testing every 24 hours and if ammonia levels had dropped below 4ppm I dosed again. If they were still at 4ppm or a little higher I just left the tank alone.
After about a week I think I got the Dr. Tim's and dumped it in. I had a HUGE nitrite spike around that time.
I continued to test and add only 3 drops of ammonia at this point to keep it at 4ppm.
Next thing I knew poof after 24 hours 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and at this point nitrates were really high.
I kept adding the next few days about 3 drops of ammonia which brought it up to between 2-4ppm ammonia in the tank and 24 hours later it would all be gone again.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:03 PM   #12 
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should I half the ammonia for a 5 gallon?
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:05 PM   #13 
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Sounds right.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:48 PM   #14 
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great.. i'll save your instructions for later use! =)
I have a second 5gl i'm using unfiltered (with proper water changes) that I'll want to try cycling that way..
got to pay off some bills first and then I'll see if i'm able to order Dr Tim's stuff afterwards! lol

Thanks! and happy new years! =)
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:05 PM   #15 
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Dr. Tim is literally the world's foremost expert in this field. He pioneered his live bacteria suspension technique and I think it's patented. Most quick start "live" bacteria products are a scam, but Dr. Tim is the real deal.
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