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Old 03-21-2012, 01:10 PM   #1 
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ammonia ingredients?

looking at the ingredients on my bottle of "pure ammonia" and im wondering if this will work for cycling. it contains:

~Ammonium hydroxide
~Surfactant


not sure this will work, as i dont know what surfactant is. can someone tell me?

i have not started cycling this tank yet
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Unfortunately, you are going to need to find ammonia without the surfactant. Depending on what surfactant is used, it can accumulate in your tank and be poisonous to both the cycle and later to fish. You want to find ammonia without any scents or surfactants - it should have no ingredients other than the ammonia itself.
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that was what i thought. thank you :)
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:09 PM   #4 
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djembekah - I don't know where in Washington you are, but I'm also in WA and I found the right stuff at my local Ace Hardware. :)
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Apparently a good way to tell if your ammonia has surfactants in it, is to shake the bottle. If it froths up and doesn't dissipate in a few seconds, it generally means it has surfactants added.
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great, i live down the road from an Ace!
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