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How often do I dose ammonia in a fishless cycle?

I just began a fishless cycle. I gave my first dose of ammonia yesterday. On guides I've read, they said to decrease the dose as nitrites/nitrates began to show, but never specified on how often ammonia should be dosed. Should it be dosed daily? Weekly? When the levels of ammonia/nitrite/nitrate start to fluctuate (ie, ammonia starts going down, nitrites rise)?
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I've always waited until the level of ammonia starts going down, then I start adding a few drops a day..If I see that the amounts are dropping very quickly, I slowly start building up the amount I dose to build up more bacteria so that I have enough to handle a full fish load.
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I use an online calculator like this one: Ammonia Calculator for Aquariums - Spec-Tanks to figure out how much I need to add to keep the levels at 2-3 ppm. I test and dose daily if the test shows ammonia dropping below 2ppm. Once I start seeing nitrites, I still keep the ammonia at 2ppm until the filter can bring it down to zero within 24 hours.
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I use an online calculator like this one: Ammonia Calculator for Aquariums - Spec-Tanks to figure out how much I need to add to keep the levels at 2-3 ppm. I test and dose daily if the test shows ammonia dropping below 2ppm. Once I start seeing nitrites, I still keep the ammonia at 2ppm until the filter can bring it down to zero within 24 hours.

That is how I do it,but try to get it to 3ppm before I add any fish.
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