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Been cycling my 125 gallon tank now for 10 days. Ammonia is still high 8ppm. Today i noticed a algae bloom is their anything i can do since im cycling my tank or is it something i need to ride out. Currently i have no plants in the tank, because the ammonia was to high and it killed them. Need help
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What kind of filter(s) do you have? Where does all that Ammonia come from?


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I never knew ammonia can kill plants. I was under the understanding that plants just simply love ammonia and that it is only their most preferred nitrogen source. Could anyone enlighten me?

If you haven't done so yet, read Rex's FAQ; cycling your planted tank makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine. :p

In line with Wasserpest, definitely find the source of all that ammonia.
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i have two tetratec one is pf500 and the other is pf150. I also ordered a eheim 2128 should be here any day now.
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After you discover the source of the ammonia, you can use Seachem Prime if you want to render the Ammonia harmless.

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Or load the tank up with fast growing stem plants. Something else was killing the plants and it was not the ammonia. But to find out what it was we need more details about your tank.
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what are some fast growing plants that i can buy? 125 gallon tank 48x24x25, eheim 2128, tetratec pf500, substrate ecocomplete, flourite, lighting 4-96watt compact flouresent 6700k on a timer for 12hrs. Ammonia is between 4ppm-8ppm, nitrite is over 3.3mg.
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I took this from Rex's FAQ...

"It is suggested that one use two bunches (4-6 stems each) of plants for each five gallons of water. Plants to use include Foxtail, Hygro (any color), Creeping Charlie, Red Ludwigia, Moneywort, Wisteria, Egeria, Shinnersia rivularis, (Mexican Oakleaf) or Water Sprite. Then after a couple of months one can start removing the stem plants and adding the other plants that you want."

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How are you cycling this tank? I can't for the life of me understand where you are getting ammonia values that high.

Are you following a "fishless" cycling regimen? If so knock it off. Take a minute and read my FAQ.
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I never knew ammonia can kill plants. I was under the understanding that plants just simply love ammonia and that it is only their most preferred nitrogen source. Could anyone enlighten me? ...
Ammonia is good for plants, even in relatively high amounts (e.g. amounts which would be sufficient to kill fish). However, plants also have their limit -- and I believe ammonia readings this high may do harm to plants -- afterall, ammonia is corrosive, and plants are only so resilient.
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