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read ammonia dosage wrong during initial fishless cycle, sound like a problem?

My well water reads 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, barely registering nitrates (out of the tap)

Fill tank, start fishless cycle shooting for 3ppm. Add ammonia (ace hardware), test strip - barely registers, like a 1. Add another teaspoon, test strip still. Not showing much.

Next day, buy liquid test kit. Get home late, but do the liquid test in the morning before work, 6 to 8 ! (i didn't read the direction on the strip test correctly and wasn't leaving it in the water long enough - the 6 in one strip just gets dunked for a moment, the ammonia wants 10 seconds)

Its now been 5 days since dosing, ammonia appears to have dropped to 4 and nitrites are registering.

does it sound like things are on track, or will I have I'll effects from the high initial ammonia?
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Your initial ammonia levels may have been rather high. As long as you keep things under 5PPM now, you'll be fine.


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You're right on track bro.
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Looks fine to me. Yes, the inital dose was a bit much, but the first species of bacteria (the ones that remove ammonia) seem to be a bit more tolerant of higher levels. Also, some ammonia may have out gassed after you tested, so they were not exposed to that high level too long.

Anyway, watch that the nitrite level does not spike too high. Having too much ammonia seems to lead to too high nitrite, and this is more of a problem.

Keep the ammonia at 3 ppm, now that the nitrite is showing up, and keep the nitrite under 5 ppm.
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