55 Gallon Tank how much ammonia to keep tank cycled?

Chicken farmer

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I sold my fish unfortunately because we were getting mold so i am having to take my 30 and 10 down. keeping the 55. anyway i am going to start with new fish but how much ammonia so my tank stays cycled?

and how long does the bacteria stay alive without a source?
 

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I've had a fishless tank with the filter turned off (media wet) for 5 weeks and not lost the cycle.

I routinely leave my quarantine tanks fishless for weeks at a time.
 

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I have glass tops on my tanks and the humidity in my apartment is very low - 35 to 38%. Eliminating evaporation goes a long way to keeping the humidity down.
 

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Good quality water resistant paint will keep the mold in check. We used Behr Premium Plus Interior/Exterior paint in our moldy bathroom. We scraped the mold off and painted over it. It never grew again being starved of moisture.
 
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