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Old 23rd February 2019   #5
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Default Re: Do these Axolotls look stressed?

Cycling can take anywhere from a week to months. You can do this with the axolotls in the tank, you just need to do regular water changes and it will take longer to get through the cycle. You can also tub the axolotls while the tank cycles.
You wont need ammonium chloride as you'll have the axolotls. They leave enough waste to build up ammonia but you can add some pellets or fish food to give it a good start. The API is good to use as well, it adds some good bacteria. Also adding in any decorations from the tank will help it along.
The test kit will be really helpful for you, I would test the water every day or two to keep track and keep levels okay for the axies. Do you have a dechlorinator picked out? I use seachem prime, it detoxifies the ammonia so it isn't harmful to the axolotls. It will probably give you false readings on your ammonia test though so it may not be the best when starting a cycle.
There are plenty of guides to doing in-tank cycling with axolotls on here with more info, if you have trouble finding them let me know and I'll take a look :)
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