Thread: Ammonia Spike! Advice Needed
11-15-2012, 09:12 PM #1
Ammonia Spike! Advice Needed
Hi. So about three days ago I received my bottle of pure ammonia through the post. My tank was already testing 1ppm due to the fish flakes I had been feeding it prior. On the day I received the ammonia I dosed the tank and got the levels to about 2ppm/3ppm. I figured to get a more exact reading of 3ppm I would add a touch more ammonia. I literally added three little drops and today when I tested the tank water I got a reading of 6ppm! Now i'm unsure what to do, if I leave the water and don't add anymore for a couple of weeks will it naturally go down itself when nitrites are introduced, or are the high levels or ammonia going to stop the cycle commencing altogether?
11-15-2012, 09:16 PM #2
You might want to change a little water to bring the level down to 4ppm.
At 6ppm, your fishless cycle might slow down a little
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11-15-2012, 09:28 PM #3
From a research paper on the subject, a level of 1 ppm was recommended - up to 2 ppm should also work but higher will speed the ammonia conversion cycle while slowing the nitrite conversion cycle. An 70 - 80% WC should knock the level down to a better range.Knowledge is fun(damental)
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11-16-2012, 01:25 AM #4
It's a good thing you asked because we often get people here who tell us they started their ammonia high like yours (well, maybe not that high lol) - probably thinking the higher I start off, the faster it'll cycle - and they wonder "why isn't it dropping??"46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted cory catfish, cherry barbs, guppies, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
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11-16-2012, 01:29 AM #5
The dose also depends on the tank size. Little tanks have little filters and no where for tons of bacteria to grow and will only house a few small fish. If you had massive canister filters and had tons of room for bacteria it could handle that dose of 6 but not in a small tank with a small filter.
11-16-2012, 02:45 PM #6Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
11-16-2012, 02:49 PM #7
Don't forget how much ammonia it takes to get to 2ppm for your tank and write it down so you remember.><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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11-16-2012, 03:10 PM #8
11-16-2012, 05:44 PM #9Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs