Generally, when someone asks how much ammonia to put in, we advise to add tiny amounts a little at a time until you get the reading you want - there have been people who have used a medicine dropper and count the drops to people who use 1/4teaspoon at a time depending on the size of their tank.
Now, you just need to watch your ammonia and wait for it to fall to 0 - once it does that, you can check for nitrites and add more ammonia.
Next time you may find this calculator handy, it is at the bottom of the page: http://www.fishforums.net/aquarium-calculator.htm
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I'll just chalk it up as a lesson learned.
That cycling thread does need an update. I don't agree with the part that says:
This is simply not true and any chemist would argue with that!
No one can tell you how many drops it will take to bring your ammonia level up to a correct dosage
Here is a post I have stolen from another thread on another forum. I used this to cycle my tanks and it was very accurate.
If you're using household ammonia to cycle your tank, here's how to calculate how much household ammonia to add in order to get the desired ppm NH3. (This is the new improved version, hope it helps.)
Desired tank ammonia level / (Ammonia concentration % (from the label) x 10/tank volume in litres) = Amount of household ammonia to add in ml
Here's an example:-
Tank volume = 165litres
Ammonia concentration % = 9.5 (from the label on the bottle)
Desired tank ammonia level in ppm= 4
So, 4 / (9.5 x 10 / 165) = ammonia ml to add.
4 / (95 / 165) = ammonia ml to add
4 / 0.58 = ammonia ml to add
= 6.9 ml household ammonia
Actually we don't need to be that accurate, so let's call that 7ml.
In other words adding 7ml of household ammonia to this example tank will result in an ammonia NH3 concentration of approximately 4ppm. Which is what we want.
Remember that a 60l tank will not actually contain 60l of water so you'll need to adjust for displacement.
Yeah if I would of known about using a dropper it would of helped a lot more. But like I said another lesson learned.
Freash, you could have asked. We can't read your mind.
Firefly, I agree about the sticky and would add the cycle with fish sticky needs to be updated as well, I don't like the temperature it says to keep the tank while fish are in it.
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Tank cycling calculator
For future reference, here is a cycling calculator -
Originally Posted by Freashfish
Oops, Slap beat me to it.
Last edited by gronlaura; 11-19-2013 at 10:27 PM.
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The point of all this is to show that when you are adding ammonia and you have a smaller tank (could be a 5gal for all I know) and you add enough ammonia to get a reading higher than needed, you need to remove some of it to get it down - this involves doing as many water changes as needed.