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ADA and Ammonia spike

I have been reading and watching video from ADA about ADA ammonia spike. Correct me if I am wrong. I know they recommend WC for first few weeks because for the ammonia skyrocketing . But Can I just use an established filter to eliminate amonia? This has been working for my previous tanks cycle. I am not sure if there is any difference with ADA.

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Probably not, would be my guess. I am into week two of ADA powder soil and the ammonia is off the charts. I dunno if nitrosamino bacteria could even keep up with this amount. Second, if you don't have fish in there the first couple weeks anyway, I don't see the point in keeping up with every daily water change. There was a guy this forum who said he just left it and changed the water after 3 weeks and his ammonia was stabilized to zero within only a couple days of water change after 3 straight weeks without one.

However, i'm sure if he kept up with water changes either daily or every other day, he would have diffused all of the ammonia out of the soil faster, maybe cut it down to 1-2 weeks.

And finally, I know this is hotly debated here on using established filter vs fresh start when doing ADA soil...but I ended up buying into the people arguing for not using ANY established biota whatsoever and it has worked out excellently so far.
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I've added 9L of New Amazonia normal type to an already established 20L tank(cycled sand substrate + established filter) and had zero ammonia show up.. So putting an already established filter will definitely cut down the time it takes to cycle the Amazonia. How much/fast though is anyone's guess. you would definitely wanna watch for ammonia and nitrite, I wouldn't add any fauna until youre sure it's cycled. That's just my experience.

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I've added 9L of New Amazonia normal type to an already established 20L tank(cycled sand substrate + established filter) and had zero ammonia show up.. So putting an already established filter will definitely cut down the time it takes to cycle the Amazonia. How much/fast though is anyone's guess. you would definitely wanna watch for ammonia and nitrite, I wouldn't add any fauna until youre sure it's cycled. That's just my experience.
Awesome. I am glad to hear that Holy.

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