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Hey guys,
I have been seearching for some ranges of water quality compounds such as pH, Nirtite, Nitrate, Carbonate and water hardness. I have found a few websites with people rambling on, but let's face it I would love to have a list... Can anyone give me a quick answer?

Nitrate: ______________
Nitrite: _______________
pH: __________________
kH (Carbonate): ________
Water Hardness:________



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Here is a link to a good list, scroll down and look to the right side, you will see it.

Caudata Culture Articles - Cycling

Hope this helps. -Seth

Edit: It does not have KH or water hardness though.



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In a cycled tank:
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate <40
pH neutral (7-8)
water hardness/KH, no specific values given

If nitrates get above 40 you need a water change, if youre reading ammonia and nitrite your cycle isn't working - either not completed yet or crashed.



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In a cycled tank:
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate <40
pH neutral (7-8)
water hardness/KH, no specific values given

If nitrates get above 40 you need a water change, if youre reading ammonia and nitrite your cycle isn't working - either not completed yet or crashed.
Thanks for the numbers. I was curious about water hardness/kH because I live in a hard water area. I read somewhere that axolotls prefer hard water, I just want to make sure the water hardness is not over the top. The guy in the link below talks mostly about adding to soft water, but gives no definite number for the results. Researching more. If I find anything I will post it.

Meanwhile here is the website I found the read about water hardness: Axolotls - Requirements & Water Conditions in Captivity



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Here is a link to a good list, scroll down and look to the right side, you will see it.

Caudata Culture Articles - Cycling

Hope this helps. -Seth

Edit: It does not have KH or water hardness though.

Great website! I love black and white information!



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Regarding hardness.

Our local town water supply is extremely soft.

I've been using a salt solution from the LFS that's used to harden water for goldfish (sorry I'm away from home at the moment, details later) to take the TDS (total dissolved solids) reading on my meter up to around 250-300 ppm.

Combined with my chiller being set at 19degC (I'm in an Oz heatwave at the moment) I'm sure that my axies are very happy in this water, as they look fantastic, are very active and eat themselves stupid.

When I get home I'll post the name of the stuff.

It's like a yellow salt in a plastic jar and didn't cost much.



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