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Ph too high emergency!!!

RipsNanny

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Can Topfin pH decrease be used safely to reduce 8.8 pH for my axolotl? Tubbing and the pH is way too high!
 

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Hi,
pH in Xochimilco lake vary from 5,7 to 10,4, with a median between 8,1 to 8,6.
(read : Perez-Belmont et al., 2019 : Water Quality Monitoring inthe Xochimilco peri-urban wetland : experiences engaging in citizen science - Freshwater Science 2019, 38 (2), published online)

So there isn't a real emergency.

How is your axolotl health now ?
 

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I've attached a article which includes the ph levels that was done between 1978 - 1988.
although axolotls will tolerate to a degree high ph it doesn't mean that it is healthy for them and in the wild they have the option of moving to lower ph areas.
with steinburgs solution hydrchloric acid is used to reduce ph (steinburgs solution is one of the variety of modified holtfreters solutions used with axolotls and other caudates) the chemical used by top fin is Sodium Bisulfate and is considered safer to use than the stronger acids.
 

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RipsNanny

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Hi,
pH in Xochimilco lake vary from 5,7 to 10,4, with a median between 8,1 to 8,6.
(read : Perez-Belmont et al., 2019 : Water Quality Monitoring inthe Xochimilco peri-urban wetland : experiences engaging in citizen science - Freshwater Science 2019, 38 (2), published online)

So there isn't a real emergency.

How is your axolotl health now ?
Thank you for the info. Yes my axolotl is healthy. I was changing the water bc I'm currently tubbing and had put it in fresh treated water to feed while doing the water change. My axolotl became extremely lethargic and would eat which has never happened before. I knew something was wrong and did a complete fresh water test. The pH was the ONLY reading that came back off at 8.8. That water was prepared 24 hours earlier.
I quickly prepared more dechlorinated water and tested it and the pH came back at 7.8.
For some reason the pH from the day before spiked and I want to make sure I can safely and effectively decrease it when needed.
The high pH of 8.8 was clearly the cause of my axolotl's unusual behavior.
 

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I've attached a article which includes the ph levels that was done between 1978 - 1988.
although axolotls will tolerate to a degree high ph it doesn't mean that it is healthy for them and in the wild they have the option of moving to lower ph areas.
with steinburgs solution hydrchloric acid is used to reduce ph (steinburgs solution is one of the variety of modified holtfreters solutions used with axolotls and other caudates) the chemical used by top fin is Sodium Bisulfate and is considered safer to use than the stronger acids.
Thank you so much! My water parameters have been great while I've been tubbing and waiting for the tank to cycle, but suddenly the pH spiked and I needed to fix it quickly and safely.
 
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