Cycling Filter, Too Much Ammonia Question 

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I'm cycling my first saltwater tank, which has no live stock. I have live rock and I added turbo start. I added ammonia to the tank and I'm worried that it was excessive. My API test kit showed that the N03 was in excess of 8ppm. I was worried that too much ammonia would kill the biological elements of the tank rather than assist in cycling the tank. Is that possible?
 

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While it is possible to kill of the bb with too much ammonia I'd theorize that as long as you left the tank alone for long enough the BB will eventually bring the ammonia down. That being said I personally would perform a water change with proper RoDi water, test, and retreat to dose ammonia to a more manageable level.
 

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Brok3n said:
I'm cycling my first saltwater tank, which has no live stock. I have live rock and I added turbo start. I added ammonia to the tank and I'm worried that it was excessive. My API test kit showed that the N03 was in excess of 8ppm. I was worried that too much ammonia would kill the biological elements of the tank rather than assist in cycling the tank. Is that possible?
Tapwater or RODI water? Also be aware that the API kit can produce false positives for ammonia (although with a reading that high it's unlikely). Red Sea, Salifert, Hannah Digital, or Nyos are all much better options.
 
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