Question Adding Ammonia To Tank With Fish In It?

ahouseofscales

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Hi, I'm doing a project in chemistry focusing on the chemistry of aquariums. I am wondering if it would be okay to add a small amount of pure ammonia to my fully cycled, stable aquarium to measure the fluctuations of ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate over time. I have thought about putting some of my media in a separate tank to test this but for the purposes of the project I need the complete ecosystem, fish, plants, and all. I would only be adding a very small amount and the ammonia would likely be cycled out quickly. Please let me know what you think.
 

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Normally no it would not be a good idea, but since it is for a purpose i.e. your experiment project then this is your reason for doing it.

Also, you are being careful about it, it is a mild dose, is short term and you know what to do if there is any observable distress.
 

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Depends how much. Your fish "add" ammonia to the tank all the time.
 

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