I disagree. Pure ammonia is pure ammonia. It just costs more when buying small bottles of it labeled specifically for cycling an aquarium. One just needs to be sure what they are using is pure ammonia with no other cleaning product added to it. If you shake it and the bubbles don't almost immediately go away then don't use it but if they do then it is pure ammonia. Read the label and if it says it has added ingredients look elsewhere.Kalyke said:Get some ammonia chloride solution from an appropriate fish store. Don't use the household cleaner type ammonia.
In addition, if you can't find a pure ammonia source at your usual haunts (local hardware store, supermarket, etc.), simply look for a local chemical supplier.mattgirl said:Read the label and if it says it has added ingredients look elsewhere.
There are tons of articles, you tube videos etc you can watch. But if you have questions you should start your own thread instead of hijacking someone else's.bettafish32 said:I am starting a new aquarium for a betta. how long does the nitrogen cycle without adding fish and just by feeding the tank usually take? should I add bacterial supplement to the water along with water conditioner?
A bit more detail for those curious.coralbandit said:Bacteria does not die off quickly but rather hibernates and can rebound rather quickly...
Please check other threads or search it using the search bar on the top right for other threads discussing that.bettafish32 said:I am starting a new aquarium for a betta. how long does the nitrogen cycle without adding fish and just by feeding the tank usually take? should I add bacterial supplement to the water along with water conditioner?
That's actually something I had been thinking about. I wouldn't make sense for the bacteria to just die if it didn't have access to ammonia. Also, if it did, then things like TSS wouldn't exist.Minnowette said:A bit more detail for those curious.
From Geets et al. (2006):
"It is clear that AOB [ammonia-oxidising bacteria] possess several biological traits that can be advantageous for their survival under conditions of variable and oxygen supply. Moreover, AOB possess a number of enzymological and molecular mechanisms that allow them to maintain the state of their cells under starvation such that ammonia oxidation can start within minutes and at high rates after or substrate or oxygen depletion."
In addition, Dr Tim's website has a FAQ that reads the following:
"A common misconception about bacteria in general is that they die if they are not fed. From a human being point of view this sounds perfectly reasonable: if you don’t eat, you die. However, bacteria are not human beings. Bacteria operate much differently than people and have a variety of ways to deal with those times when resources are not available for them to grow and reproduce. Some bacteria when stressed (from say lack of nutrients) form spores and go into a resting stage, waiting for conditions to improve. Nitrifiers do not form spores but have other mechanisms to deal with nutrient deficient periods. For nitrifiers, one way to deal with stressful conditions is to form a protective “shield” called EPS. EPS stands for extracellular polymeric substances and is, in simplistic terms, an organic protective shield that research shows inhibits various organisms from attacking and breaking open the cell wall of nitrifiers. Nitrifiers belong to a very old line of bacteria (millions of years) and they have developed ways to cope with very long periods of “drought.” Because the nitrifiers in DrTim’s One & Only are grown on a substrate, they can form EPS when needed and last 6 to 12 months in a bottle."