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Old 01-13-2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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ACE Ammonia (Janitorial Strength) Failed Shake Test


Just wanted to let people know that I just bought some of the ACE ammonia to cycle my tank, only to realize at home that it fails the shake test.

I also poured a bit on my finger, and the "soapy" feeling of the fluid is unmistakable.

Presumably ACE has different suppliers, so please check before you use it in your tank. Basically it should act like water when shaken. Maybe a few bubbles from trapped air that dissipate within a second or two. Any foaming is bad.

Edit: I went back to the store and poked around. I discovered something odd - the 1 gallon jugs of ammonia are fine, the quart containers of the same ACE brand get foamy. Strange.
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:53 PM   #2
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Bumping an old post for new fishless cyclers out there. I was about to make a new thread on the top. It has been many years since I have purchased ammonia from Ace for cycling and I wasn't sure if what Ace now has is correct for our use. The label use to clearly state that it was pure ammonia. On the bottle I just purchased, the label does not indicate anything in regards to pure or clear ammonia. It is the Janitorial Strength as mentioned above, but mine does pass the shake test with no issues. If the bottle is not of the below image, that might be the reason for the fail.
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:49 AM   #3
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Stores are changing what they carry, and manufacturers change what they package, and the label.

Shaking it is a good way to check.
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:37 PM   #4
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Good point to mention. I have found the statement of being "pure" ammonia can be misleading as well. Sometimes it is pure with surfactants added!
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:24 PM   #5
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I did the same thing yesterday after buying ammonia at lowes. She I got home after forgetting to shake it at the store it had soap :/ woops lol


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Old 02-21-2015, 09:55 PM   #6
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Try a dollar store - they usually have non sudsing ammonia.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:23 PM   #7
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Went to ace and I got the same stuff that flight50 got. It doesn't say anything bad is in it, but I never understand why they call it ammonia if it is in fact ammonium and not ammonia? I know there's little difference but still would be nice if the labels said ammonium. Maybe it's because most people aren't going to know the differences?


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Old 02-25-2015, 03:01 AM   #8
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If it is ammonium, and they called it that, I think most people would not understand.
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