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Lowering ph!

Lo12

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Hello!! The ph in my axolotl’s tank is sitting at around 8.2. I tested the tap water and that sits at around an 8. I know for axolotls it should sit in the sevens, and I’m sure it’s part of the cause for my axie (his name is Winston) to not eat consistently and for his filaments to not grow back. (Another story and issue in itself) I want to find some natural ways to lower it (with him remaining in the tank if possible).

My main concern with the ph imbalance is how it affects him. As when we do a water change (needs one soon as nitrate is borderline) I don’t want the shift to be to hard on him.

Any good natural ways to keep it in the right range?

Note: we keep live plants in the tank all the time (he loves them) and there’s a log (I think it’s real? I’d have to check) as well as some rocks and sand on the bottom.

Thanks for any help!
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AMurry24537

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I don't know how you would feel about this (not technically "natural"), but I use SeaChem Neutral Regulator. It both lowers ph and treats your water for chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals, and detoxifies ammonia, so you don't need to use any other conditioner.
 

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Hello!! The ph in my axolotl’s tank is sitting at around 8.2. I tested the tap water and that sits at around an 8. I know for axolotls it should sit in the sevens, and I’m sure it’s part of the cause for my axie (his name is Winston) to not eat consistently and for his filaments to not grow back. (Another story and issue in itself) I want to find some natural ways to lower it (with him remaining in the tank if possible).

My main concern with the ph imbalance is how it affects him. As when we do a water change (needs one soon as nitrate is borderline) I don’t want the shift to be to hard on him.

Any good natural ways to keep it in the right range?

Note: we keep live plants in the tank all the time (he loves them) and there’s a log (I think it’s real? I’d have to check) as well as some rocks and sand on the bottom.

Thanks for any help!
(Peep my boy!)
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i do hesitate to say you should remove the rocks in the aquarium, as i can’t quite tell how large they are (i.e. bigger than his head or not) but they do look a bit small from the picture. i firmly believe that axolotls are gastroliths, but don’t think the pebble or rock size should exceed 1mm.
 
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    Hi, i'm new to this community👋
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    and I need help
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    a lot of it
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    if anyone can please reach out to me
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    my axolotl is having airbubles in stomache
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    and is stressing a whole lot pls help me any useful info would help
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    @Albi_the_axolotlt have you made a thread on the forums about your axolotl having this problem?
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  • Elder_Axolotl:
    @Albi_the_axolotlt I would definitely make a thread about this, but before you panic try putting you axolotl in a tub where the water only goes about an inch above it, and then cool the water down SLOWLY, like a couple ice cubes at a time, to about 50 Deg F. sometimes this helps them pass gas, or even have a bowel movement. Just make sure the Temps from your current enclosure and the tub are within 4 degrees of each other and not higher than 65 Deg F. so you dont Temp shock your baby.
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    well I don't know how to make a thread and I am very thankful for your help but the real reason I am worried about is that it goes away and comes back constantly like its gets better today then tomorrow morning she is at the top of the tank floating on her side all bubbled up? I do put her in a container with just enough water to cover her back and it helped but it gets annoying and scary when it's consantly happening and I am worried I am doing something horrible wrong.
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    If you would like to know my care I will make sure to share it with you!
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    @Albi_the_axolotlt, Hi, do I still need to use aqueon pure balls in an established tank?
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    Do I still need to use aqueon pure balls in a cycled tank? I have not used in a few weeks and my tank is not clear.
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    I am not sure britt6393 I don't want to give you wrong info ok? I hope you understand :)
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    @britt6393 I dont think you do have to use them anymore
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    The-Axolotl: @britt6393 I dont think you do have to use them anymore +1
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