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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-15-2015, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Tank Cycling - ADA Malaya & Ammonia?

Hi all, I have recently broken down my 300l tank ready to build it back up heavily planted. I have used ADA Malaya (3 x 9l) and currently I am trying to cycle the tank with no plants or fish (my lfs said that high ammonia leeching could destroy the plants).
I started by dosing the tank to 3 ppm with Ammonia solution but suddenly it has gone through the roof (6+ with an API liquid test kit)
My questions are -
Could the high Ammonia be the substrate and how long is it likely to leech high levels of Ammonia?
Should I be carrying out regular water changes to get the Ammonia down?
Currently it is reading 6+ for Ammonia, ph is 6 and I know I live in a soft water area ( not totally sure of the hardness). There are no Nitrites.


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Yes, the high ammonia level is from the substrate. I use the same - four bags in an 80 gallon tank. I set my tank up and let it run for a couple of weeks without lights, did a large water change, planted and turned the lights on. I did not add ammonia. Wait a month or two until the plants are growing well and add fish. Worked for me. Good luck and have fun.
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There's not much need to add ammonia to AS. It provides enough on it's own to cycle your tank.
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