When it comes to fish keeping, a lot of us have different opinions on almost everything and this includes feeding, ideal water temperature and even cycling. The topic of fishless cycling is one that has elicited a lot of reaction as different people have different fishless cycling methods. The main debate actually kicks in when it comes to using ammonia so as to cycle the tank. What we all agree on is that ammonia is essential, but what many cannot seem to agree on is the best source of ammonia. Today, we give all fish keepers a few tips on how to correctly go about fishless cycling.
What is The Best Source of Ammonia?
Ammonia is in fact the best source of ammonia. This seems rather straightforward and uncomplicated but it is in fact true. Instead of thinking of ways in which you can throw frozen shrimp into the tank or use fish food, why not go for an over the counter bottle of ammonia? This reduces the chances of anything going wrong and you are sure that you are introducing ammonia making it the safest of all methods. What you need to be careful about is the kind of ammonia you purchase. Be sure to buy plain ammonia without the artificial dyes. In addition to using housecleaning ammonia you could also speed up the cycle by introducing heat. Usually, nitrifying bacteria flourish temperatures between 95F and 100F; by increasing the temperature, the cycle will be automatically accelerated.
Fishless Cycle Procedure
If you are wondering how to go about cycling, this information will be useful.
You will need:
- A dropper
- An ammonia test kit
Do not pour the ammonia all at once instead slowly add little by little making sure you use the scale’s high end to guide you. Also let the drop you add first evenly distribute before adding another. Counting the number of drops you use is important as this tells you how many drops of ammonia you will need to add on a daily basis until you are completely cycled. Ensure that you test for daily progress. Though this method will bring about high concentration levels, your tank is safe since there are no fish in it. The concentration will eventually fall for nitrite levels to rise.
Always remember that you should continue to add ammonia until you have your fish in the tank. Halting this process will kill the nitrifying bacteria as they have nothing to feed on. That said, be sure not to add ammonia on the day you intend to add your fish.