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flippin36
Old 09-08-2009, 2:10 PM
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Default Where can I buy household ammonia?

Hi, hope you helpful lot could point me in the right direction. I need some pure ammonia for cycling my fishtank but I am struggling to find it anywhere. I remember my mum using it for cleaning purposes, hence posting on old style thread. It has to be pure ammonia with no other cleaning products added. Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-08-2009, 6:06 PM
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larger Boots stores, near the washing powder and insect killer, also Wilkinsons sell it
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Old 09-08-2009, 6:27 PM
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Robert Dyas stores sell it.
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Old 09-08-2009, 6:36 PM
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If it's for fishtanks would an aquatic store not sell it? I'd be worried that anything bought for household cleaning might not be totally pure.

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Thanks will try Wilkinsons, I think the boots by us is too small. The aquatic centres by me, believe it or not don't sell it. They say hardware stores and supermarkets but can't find it. Thanks for your replies.
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Old 09-08-2009, 7:28 PM
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I bought some at Homebase I've yet to find a use for it mind you.
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I bought some at Homebase I've yet to find a use for it mind you.
Well thats the thing. Practical Fishkeeping forum told me Homebase but I couldn't find any in my local one. I think its quite an old fashioned cleaning product thats quite hard to come across. I seem to remember it smells awful which is probably why no one uses it anymore.
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Old 09-08-2009, 8:20 PM
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I bought mine from Boots. You do need to ensure that it doesn't have any additives. I think you can buy it online somewhere but the postage makes it that much more expensive.

If you can't get hold of Ammonia, I understand you can use fish food, but it's a bit more hit & miss. Good luck with your cycle.
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Old 09-08-2009, 8:55 PM
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I bought some at Homebase I've yet to find a use for it mind you.
On my trial day working at a hairdresser, they had us wash the windows with it.
They had several trial people that day, and the windows were washed at least twice :rolleyes:
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Edit: refunded 515 for TV 1.5 years out of warranty - thank you Sale of Goods Act!
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Old 11-11-2009, 9:17 PM
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I just tried 2 branches of Boots and Wilkos. The manager at Wilkos said they used to sell it, but they don't stock it now all he could suggest was a DIY store. Boots, they only seem to have 3 departments in thier stores now - Photo and Electrical, Beauty and Phamacy, Baby and thats it. No household items stocked at all - needless to say couldn't find it anywhere in Boots. B&Q definately dont have it.
No supermarkets stock it. Its all a bit strange - stuff like caustic soda is miles more dangerious, has fewer uses and is easy to get hold off. The only reason I can think that its been pulled is that its easier to make a bomb out of.
The only place left is homebase.

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Some independant pharmacies sell it.
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All that Jazz in Stockton Heath probably has it!
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:12 PM
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Thank you for all your replies. I eventually bothered a member of staff at Boots who kindly rumaged through her drawers and blew the dust off a bottle for me! My tank is now cycled and ready to house some lovely fish.
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The only reason I can think that its been pulled is that its easier to make a bomb out of.
You are correct about the bomb making causing the supply problem.
I want to use it to unclog printer cartridge heads.
Alchohol doesn't work, apparently ammonia does the trick.
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I've found this rather old thread but want to tell everyone about the uses of Ammonia. I buy mine in Tesco's (on the end of the aisle where the cleaning stuff is), and it's dead cheap. It's a miracle cleaner. Pop your diamond ring into a few drops with warm water in an egg cup for an hour, brush with a baby toothbrush and it will sparkle - this was a tip from a jeweller. Put 3 tablespoons in a litre of water and use it to clean tiles, stainless steel, worktops, kitchen cupboards, glass (amazing!), mirrors, floors, etc. etc. Just rub it on with a sponge and polish dry with a cloth - no smears, no fuss, no hard work. Although I haven't used it for stains, it's apparently amazing at getting rid of stains. (There are instructions on the bottle). I don't know what I'll do if they stop making the stuff, but I suspect most household cleaners (at 4 times the price) probably include ammonia . . . This is the best money-saving tip that I know!
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Old 13-11-2011, 3:34 PM
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I can't find it in my local tesco's, wilkonson's or boots. boots online seems permenantly out of stock. I need to remove some verdigris from a brass (decorative not food use) plate.
I need some borax too and the spotty oik in wilkinson's didn't know what I was tlaking about, but his almost equally as spotty manager told me they stopped selling it due to lack of interest.

I've found some ammonia AND borax on amazon of all places. free delivery too. not super duper cheap, but as you don't use much at a time I suppose it is cheaper lol. pretty soon my kitchen sink will be flowing nicely and my brass plate sparkling.

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