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Automatic Ammonia Dosing During Fishless Cycle

So - in planning ahead, I started cycling my Eheim 2217 filter (before I even got my tank). I'm cycling it on an old 10 gallon I have empty using ammonia. It takes about 4ml to get it to 4ppm. Been going about two weeks now and the ammonia level is dropping every 24 hours and I am re-dosing while I wait for Nitrite's to calm down ... so, things are progressing.

The issue is, next week, I am going to be gone for four nights and there will be no one home to dose.

Any DIY or clever ideas on how I can keep feeding the setup ammonia? Was wondering if I could use some tubing and setup a drip but wasn't sure how to spread it out over the four days.

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throw in pellet fish food to let it rot/release ammonia naturally.

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Throw some raw shrimp in there and let it rot. Nasty but it will keep the ammonia flowing to feed the bacteria. Or some fish food. Honestly though, I doubt 4 days without will hurt it much.

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Re: Automatic Ammonia Dosing During Fishless Cycle

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Throw some raw shrimp in there and let it rot. Nasty but it will keep the ammonia flowing to feed the bacteria. Or some fish food. Honestly though, I doubt 4 days without will hurt it much.
I guess that's what I was wondering ... How long would the bacteria survive between doses ...

Fish pellets sound like a good idea. Shrimp sounds nasty (smile).
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Most of the bacteria will survive a 4 day fast, but why risk it when you can throw some fish food or a piece of shrimp in there? When you come back its as easy as siphoning up the junk, and then back to pure ammonia.

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When I did my fishless cycle, there were several times I skipped a day, and once or twice skipped 2 days, and it didn't seem to affect the cycle.
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