Originally Posted by i love planted tanks
ok thanks guys i did go to ace hardware and got the amonia it was only $2.49 a bottle and it is very strong stuff....i have another question my 55 gal is going to used for my rcs's iam currently breeding them in a 10 gallon and will eventualy move some of them to the 55 gal once they have babies.my question is how much would i dose of the ammonia after the week period until i move some rcs's in there and when do i stop dosing ammonia? thanks
You stop dosing just before adding the shrimps. Of course, no ammonia may be left when you put the shrimps in.
Here is an example schedule:
Day 1: Initial dose of ammonia
Day 2: Test
Day 3: Test
Day 4: Test
Day 5: Test - first noticeable drop in ammonia level
Day 6: Test - ammonia at 0. Add a lower dose of ammonia so that the level is at around 2-3. Usually, the bacteria need anywhere from 8-24 hours to get your ammonia level from 2-3 to 0. So you add ammonia every day. Contrary to what some people say, the bacteria do not die if they are without ammonia for five minutes. Dosing once a day is perfectly fine.
Day 7: Test ammonia, add ammonia. Test nitrite
Day 8: Test ammonia, add ammonia. Test nitrite
Day n: Test ammonia, add ammonia. Test nitrite
Nitrite will take a LONG time compared to the ammonia. Keep feeding ammonia all the way.
Day finally: Test ammonia, test nitrite. Both 0. You can now add livestock after a big water change as there will be significant nitrate build-up.
If you can't at this moment, keep dosing ammonia to keep the bacteria cultures running. Many recommend a test day or two to see if the cycle has really come to an end.
Edit: Some info added, thanks Laura!