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Old 02-09-2013, 12:02 PM   #1 
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Red face pure ammonia for cycling questions

i'm going out in a few minutes to go to Ace Hardware because that's what people told me to go for good pure ammonia. besides looking for if it suds up when i shake it... what else should i look for that indicates BAD cycling ammonia?
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:35 PM   #2 
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Read the label to see if there are any additives & to see what % ammonia it contains. My understanding is that its not 100% ammonia but usually 10% or so.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:45 PM   #3 
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This might be a little late to answer your question, but make sure the only ingredients are ammonia and water! There should be nothing else on the ingredient list at all.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:04 PM   #4 
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alrighty i just got back (and from eating Arby's too) and i got the 1 Quart size one. i can post a pic of the bottle if you want but here's the info on the bottle:
ACE brand.
contains 10% ammonium hydroxide.
contains no phosphates
And it says it's Janitorial strength formula.. also, i shook the bottle and no suds!!!
i hope this is the right one
also, how much and how often do i dose the ammonia for my 10gal cycling? i'm worried i will overdose!

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Old 02-10-2013, 08:43 AM   #5 
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Well, there is a calculator but I can't put the link here because it links to another fish forum.

So, I put your info into it & it says 1.51 ml for 4 ppm.
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so i dose 1.5ml everyday?
and is that the same thing as 5drops?
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:00 PM   #7 
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Dose to 4ppm, test your water daily for ammonia, when it drops to 1ppm redose back to 4ppm. I don't how many drops 1.5ml is, sorry but you can put in that many drops then test your water for ammonia & see.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:08 PM   #8 
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okay thanks!! i'm so happpy i can't wait!! i'm going out today to get more decors and stuffff.
and do i wait like 30mins after i added ammonia to test the water?
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I used that ammonia to cycle my 20G. Worked really well. :)
It's SUPER strong so a little bit as prescribed will be best. Beware of the smell, and IME using oral syringes (no needle!) are best to measure it out.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:22 PM   #10 
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Red face

i was planning on having the tank kept in my room.... is the ammonia smell toxic to me if my tank is going to be right next to me while i sleep?? i dont wanna die!

and yah i have an oral syringe(however you spell it!!) how many drops of the ammonia should i put in everyday?!?? i was told to put in 1.5ml for my 10gal and the syringe has ml markings so do i just fill it up to 1.5ml and put it in the tank everyday and that's all? (and check the parameters everyday)
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