07-17-2009, 03:31 PM #1
How much ammonia should I be putting in my cycling tank?
I have a standard 55 cycling right now...
I FINALLY found the ammonia I needed today but now I can't find out how much to put in the tank.
I keep getting mixed answers from a few capfuls to a drop.
Does anyone know how much I should put in right now? And how often I should add it and change the water?
Thanks a ton. =)55 GALLON
* 9 neon tetras
* 3 red eye tetras
5 GALLON HEX.
07-17-2009, 03:39 PM #2
You need to add enough to go to 4ppm. It will be a small amount, not capfuls. Put in a few drops wait then test. Once you get to around 4 ppm stop.
Add ammonia as needed to keep the level at 4 ppm. Once you see a nitrite reading change the amount to 2 ppm of ammonia and maintain that until the cycle finishes.
No need to change water until the cycle finishes.
07-18-2009, 10:44 AM #3
if you have eyedropper about 30 drops should do it. then test about 6 hours later or next day add if needed to raise ammonia to 4ppm. then you wait for bacteria to develop. do not change water during this time.
07-18-2009, 11:21 AM #4
A bit more one day than another is not of real concern and you have plenty of room to mess up a bit. I don't do the dropfuls simply because it's too tedious and I am probably one of the capful people. My cycling thread may help you.