About Fishless Fuel
Establishing a healthy biological filter is essential to every aquatic system. Fritz Fishless Fuel eliminates the guesswork of dry ammonium chloride powders and other ammonia sources such as fish food or other organic materials. When using Fritz Fishless Fuel, there is also no need to put any livestock in potential danger to start a system. As a pure liquid ammonia source, easily feed your nitrifying bacteria to establish a robust, healthy biological filter. The convenient dropper bottle makes dosing simple.
The Fritz Fishless Fuel formula contains 40 mg/mL TAN (total ammonia nitrogen.)
DO NOT USE FISHLESS FUEL IN ANY SYSTEM CONTAINING LIVESTOCK. DO NOT ADD ANY ANIMALS TO A SYSTEM THAT HAS MEASURABLE AMMONIA OR NITRITE.
Directions & Dosage
To bring aquarium to 2 ppm ammonia: Add 4 drops per One U.S. Gallon (3.78 L) or 1 tsp (5 ml) per 25 U.S. Gallons (94.6 L) DO NOT USE WHEN LIVESTOCK IS PRESENT.
Fritz Fishless Fuel Ammonia Solution is to be used when performing a fishless cycle. Add required amount of Fritz Fishless Fuel liquid ammonia solution to reach desired ammonia level (Fritz recommends 2-4 ppm). After adding ammonia add FritzZyme Nitrifying Bacteria and test daily. Once ammonia and nitrite levels are reading zero, livestock can be safely added. Continue to monitor ammonia and nitrite on a regular basis.
- Use along with nitrifying bacteria (FritzZyme or TurboStart) as a food source
- No equipment restrictions necessary
- Odor variations are normal; some lots may not have a discernable ammonia odor
- Contraindications: DO NOT add Ammonium Chloride to an aquarium with livestock present
- Overdosed? Perform small water changes if needed to dilute
- Test aquarium water with an ammonia test kit with a range up to at least 4 ppm
- NOTE: Be careful not to use too much ammonium chloride. Raising ammonia levels above 5.0ppm may actually slow the cycle time.
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See below for frequently asked questions regarding Fishless Fuel.
When should I add ammonia to the tank after I’ve added bacteria?
Nitrifying bacteria need ammonia to survive, so add Fishless Fuel within 24 hours of adding bacteria.
Does it matter if I add bacteria or ammonia first?
No, you can add bacteria or ammonia in any order.
My bacteria converted all of the ammonia, but I still have nitrites, what do I do?
The nitrite conversion phase occurs slightly slower than the ammonia conversion phase of the cycle. If the nitrite level can not be reduced to a safe level with a water change, you'll need to add more ammonia within 24 hours of it reaching zero to prevent dieoff of bacteria. Use a lower concentration (1ppm or less) to reduce another backup during the nitrite phase.
My cycle is complete, but I’m not ready to add fish. What do I do?
If you aren't ready to add fish within 3 days or 72 hours of your cycle completing, you'll need to re-dose with Fishless Fuel to prevent bacterial dieoff.
I tested Fishless Fuel with a kit and saw no ammonia, why is that?
Testing the product directly with an ammonia test kit without dilution is not recommended. It is very concentrated and will render the reagents ineffective and will not give any ammonia reading. Always dilute the material in the aquarium first, and then test the water for the ammonia level.
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