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anonapersona
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PostPosted: 2004.05.22(Sat)15:49    Post subject: daily additions, smaller amounts Reply with quote

Most instructions for fishless cycling say to add ammonia daily in small amounts. That daily amount would be half the amount you added inititally to get the 5ppm of ammonia the first time.

Several good articles on this are here...

http://www.tomgriffin.com/aquasource/catlist.shtml
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wormo3188
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PostPosted: 2004.05.22(Sat)17:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

don't add more ammonia, ammonia is bad and you don't want it, wait for the nitrIte to drop down to zero and then it will be safe to start slowly adding fish. That will cause them to create waste and thus ammonia but your tank will be established and will be able to convert all those wastes (ammonia and nitrite) into a safe Nitrate without affecting the fish.
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wormo3188
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PostPosted: 2004.05.22(Sat)17:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually, I take that back, listen to anonaperson, seems like a more logical argument. Your tank should be able to handle the small amounts of ammonia that is being refered to.
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karlas
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PostPosted: 2004.07.23(Fri)4:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

just let your cycle go if you change water its a good chance you will extend your cycle. you are doing a fishless cycle which is the best way to go I was wondering how you are doing it live sand, live rock, or other? don't do any water changes until your cycle is done and with doing a brackish tank it takes much longer then a freshwater tank. the cycle is much closer to a saltwater tank where it may take up to a month to finish the cycle. when your ammonia and nitrite are at 0 and your nitrates are up that is when your cycle is done.

the nitrogen cycle
http://faq.thekrib.com/begin-cycling.html
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