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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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    Quote Originally Posted by dborregoa
    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.
    When I did my 55 gallon I used the Ace brand ammonia. It believe it was 10% strength.

    I dosed 5ml (used a test tube from API test kit as measuring device) and it brought ammonia up to around 5ppm.

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    Here is a calculator I found online. It worked well for me.

    http://www.fishforums.net/aquarium-calculator.htm

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    This thread is a great example of why you can not always trust the on-line calculators to tell you how much ammonia to add to your tank. Johndimo used 5 ml of a 10% solution to get around 5ppm of ammonia in his 55 gallon tank while the above link tells you that a 5 ml amount of 10% ammonia will give you 9ppm in a 55 gallon tank.

    While those calculators may be somewhat accurate at times, I have never found them to be reliable. There are far to may variables that pop up for those calculators to be accurate in all conditions. I've tried a few different ones as well.

    The best is approach is to add a bit, wait, test, and re dose as required. That had always worked best for me

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