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    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?

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    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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    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.
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    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??"

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    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.
    It's a 15 gallon tank, so yeah it's quite small. Anyway, I did a PWC today, around 50% and after waiting an hour I checked the ammonia levels again and now they're around 2ppm/3ppm (closer to the 2pmm mark) so I think i'm out of the woods for the time being. It's been four days now since I began adding pure ammonia and still no nitrites, hopefully in the next three to four days I might start seeing some

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    Don't forget how much ammonia it takes to get to 2ppm for your tank and write it down so you remember.

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    Read the cycling threads in my signature, as well. That may help clear up a couple questions. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    Read the cycling threads in my signature, as well. That may help clear up a couple questions. Good luck.
    Thank you. I've already read them

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