Is Microbe-Lift XTreme water conditioner ok to use in an axolotl tank?

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Many people recommend Prime water conditioner for axolotls, but when I was at the fish store it wasn’t available. Microbe-Lift XTreme was what the employee there recommended, who has owned axolotls in the past, but I’m a bit skeptical whether or not this is a conditioner suitable for axolotls. I couldn’t find the ingredients on the bottle, I am aware that axolotls are allergic to iodine and aloe vera, so that’s why I am worried about this stuff. If anyone has had experience using this conditioner I would really appreciate it if you let me know, or if anyone could help me out in finding out the ingredients that would be much appreciated as well. Thanks!
 

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I was recommended this too! Got it home a few days ago and only just looked online to see if it's safe. I found a document on their website that listed a few ingredients and it does contain aloe Vera! Meaning it will damage the slime coat on an axolotl!

I was ensured countless times by the guy in the store that it was safe and didn't contain iodine and aloe Vera. So I will be taking it back and educating them!!!
 

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Thank you for the help! It’s a bit odd that there are no listed ingredients on the bottle and it’s quite misleading because when I read the label it basically said that it was suitable for all fish and invertebrates. I’m in a bit of a hurry to set up my tank and get it cycled because we don’t want to keep the breeder waiting, so unfortunately I did use the water conditioner in my tank a week ago when I was setting it up, I’m not exactly sure what to do now. This all could have been avoided if the employee hadn’t of gave us a possibly harmful water conditioner. I’m pretty sure he even said that that one was safe for axolotls. Was it Maidenhead Aquatics that you visited? Because that’s where I went to get my supplies and I specifically asked for Prime but the guy said that they didn’t have any and gave us Microbe Lift Xtreme instead.
 

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It was Maidenhead! They told me it was safe and that one of their stores used it for axolotls but I didn't want to risk it, I've used it too a few days ago before I checked. It should be okay as long as you stop using it and move to something like prime. I'm swapping to it myself. Best bet is to do a partial water change, maybe like 50% using a new dechlorinator and you should be good :) as long as you don't use it with the lotl in there you should be fine
 

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Thank you again for the helpful advice! I think I am just going to switch to Prime, I’m a first time axolotl owner and don’t want to risk anything happening to my axie.
 

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I'm the same, first timer! I'm getting all my info from the axolotl obsessed group on Facebook
 

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Had a look at Microbe Lift’s website there and it actually said that it was suitable for amphibians so I dropped them an email to ask about that. They really shouldn’t be saying that it is suitable for amphibians if it’s not suitable for all.
 
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