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Old 04-13-2010, 07:00 PM   #1 
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Cycling-too much ammonia?

I just started cycling my tank today and when I added the ammonia I put in a little bit more than 1/4 tsp. When I took the reading it was around 6-7. Is this too much? What happens if I put to much in?

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Old 04-13-2010, 07:03 PM   #2 
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Nothing. It'll still cycle. If it makes you feel better, do a 20% change and you ought to be right where you wanted to be in the first place.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:08 PM   #3 
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Im doing a fish in cycle so not sure how its dif . just keep changing the water everyday until its lower. thats what i would do anyway.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:14 PM   #4 
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Yeah, if it's a fishless cycle the amount of ammonia shouldn't matter. It's going to spike anyways, so maybe the nitrite bacteria will form faster? Who knows.
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Min, I'm pretty sure when doing a fishless cycle you don't do water changes but for fish in cycle you do.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:20 PM   #6 
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Just change a little bit of the water to get the ammonia down since it ideally should be 4-5ppm. You don't need to do water changes everyday, only if your ammonia gets too high when you put it in.
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Min, I'm pretty sure when doing a fishless cycle you don't do water changes but for fish in cycle you do.
Ah! LOL Im clueless when it comes to fishless just figured you would still have to control the ammonina. It does make sense though since the water change is to keep the fish from stressing through the cycle . Duh :P
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Yeah, if it's a fishless cycle the amount of ammonia shouldn't matter. It's going to spike anyways, so maybe the nitrite bacteria will form faster? Who knows.
It probably won't. You might wind up with more of it, but you can't really get those bacterial colonies to reproduce any faster than nature will let them.
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Also, there are a bunch of tiny bubbles gathering around the edges of my tank now after the addition of ammonia. I know for a fact that there is no surfactants or detergents in it so what could this be? Or is it normal? (this is my first real fish tank)
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My guess would be trapped gases in your water. This happens when water is compressed, like in the pipes in your home. If that's what it is, the ammonia you added helped to release it to the surface. Did you agitate the water before adding it to the aquarium?
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