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    I've been reading about doing a fishless cycle with Ammonia and that's probably what I'll end up doing.

    Can anyone tell me, loosely, how much ammonia to add to a 75 gallon tank. I know that the amounts vary and the general reading should be 4-5ppm, I just need to know a quantity to start with.

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    Dose a bit, wait 15 minutes, test. If you need a tad more, then add a tad more.

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    +1 - don't put in too much at a time - if you end up putting in too much you'll need to remove some - too much can stall the cycling process.

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    Ok, but what are some common amounts added to a 75 gallon tank?

    5 drops per gallon? 1 drop per tank? 17 buckets per gallon?

    Just in general. How much did you use for your tank and how big was your tank? I just want a general idea.

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    I did this. Dosed a bit, waited 15 minutes, tested.

    There is no exact measurements because all ammonia is not the same percent.

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    There have been people who kept very close track of how much they put in so they knew 15 drops, or a capful, or 1/2 teaspoon got their tank up to whatever reading they wanted - so, like LH said, if you find that 5 drops (or a half teaspoon for that matter) doesn't register any ammonia, then add another 5 drops or another half teaspoon...repeat if necessary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dborregoa
    Ok, but what are some common amounts added to a 75 gallon tank?

    5 drops per gallon? 1 drop per tank? 17 buckets per gallon?

    Just in general. How much did you use for your tank and how big was your tank? I just want a general idea.
    It doesn't work like that because it's not a recipe [As mentioned, There are too many variables], The typical route is this:

    You dose. You then determine what level you have reached by testing and you then redose as required until you reach your target dosage.
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    If it helps I dosed two caps of a 64 oz bottle and got a reading of 3 for my 20 gallon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limming
    If it helps I dosed two caps of a 64 oz bottle and got a reading of 3 for my 20 gallon.
    Unless he uses the same [Unknown] % ammonia you do [& the same sized cap for that matter], That measure will not be useful for the OP.
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    My hubby (bolsen27) found a formula somewhere online that you can use. I'll get him to post it when I get a chance.

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