View Single Post
Old 1st December 2019   #7
Junior Member
Jcd5v's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 18
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Jcd5v is an unknown quantity at this point

Originally Posted by landonewts View Post
What are you using to treat the water, and what kind of test kit are you using? I use the API test kit for everything else, but to test ammonia I use a Seachem ammonia test kit. As I understand it, free ammonia is the thing to watch out for. API only shows total ammonia. (And you can get false ammonia readings with Prime, althougnits a great water conditioner, I use it all the time.) I spent a good bit of time freaking out about my water levels in the new axolotl tank until I figured that out. Maybe youíll get a different result with the Seachem kit?

I think Kitanís advice is spot on - earthworms and siphon out the tank daily, and of course regular water changes. Earthworms are a great diet. I started a worm farm in a bin in my basement, so I could feed my axolotls locally sourced, artisanal organic gluten free worms. : )

Good luck, it can be a bit scary at first. Water changes are a good stop gap while you dial in everything else.

I havenít heard of that before! I will look into getting the seachem ammonia test kit. I use the api test kit and prime so that could very well be my problem.

The 25 gallon is being set up as we speak and it will have a peace lily which Iím hoping will help the filter out a lot. Hopefully I will be able to get it fully setup this week. I just need to find a way to get some extensions for the filter tubes.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Jcd5v is offline   Reply With Quote