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Old 8th July 2019   #1
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Default The trials and tribulations, of my axolotls

Hey everyone. I am starting this to both document what I am doing with their tank, diet, etc, as well as hoping that those who read it will have either constructive advice or ideas.

Currently the Axolotls are chillin in tubs. The tank is on day 8 of its cycle. Ammonia is at 3 ppm, nitrite at 8 ppm, nitrate at 12ish ppm. I would say that our bacteria cultures are starting to take effect. I have been adding the same amount of food pellets as the lottls eat per day to the tank to simulate a similar amount of nitrogen as will be expected. I am using seachem stability to speed the cycle along.

I am using a surface fan to keep the temp in the tank at 65 degrees. The tubs are staying at the same temp. They seem pretty content to just sit in the water and eat.

The tank is bare bottom for fear of them getting impacted or a ammonia bubble forming in the sand. I have added java ferns, java moss, marimo moss, and frogbit to the tank. The plants are doing great while the tank is cycling.

The axolotls are currently about 5-6 inchs long and are eating about 8 pellets each per day. I give them a day off feeding once a week.

What do you think of my current set up? Anything I am missing?



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make sure you have places to hide too, garden pots are a cute and cheap alternative to fish shop hides (which i often find are too small for an adult axolotl)



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make sure you have places to hide too, garden pots are a cute and cheap alternative to fish shop hides (which i often find are too small for an adult axolotl)
I cut up a piece of svd40 PVC and used silicon to make a hide structure out of it. I then boiled it to remove any chemicals that could leech into the water.



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Then i rooted the java moss too it. Perfect hide. And the frogbit on the top of the tank is doing a good job of breaking up the PAR.



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Tank is almost done cycling. Ammonia has hit 0 ppm. Nitrite is still high as Willie Nelson on tour. Nitrate is steady rising. I suspect I will be ready to put in the Axies by friday.



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Then i rooted the java moss too it. Perfect hide. And the frogbit on the top of the tank is doing a good job of breaking up the PAR.
sounds nice! i have a PVC pipe i want to use in my tank but i dont like the industrial look so ive been thinking of ways to rough it up and attach plants to it or dye it to look more like a tree branch (saw a tutorial on youtube i want to try)



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The cycle is going slow at this point, no detectable ammonia in the water but nitrite is still high. I believe it is because I do not have substrate that it is taking longer for the bacteria colonies to take root. Hopefully it will complete the cycle in a few days. The Axies are still eating plenty and keeping cool in their tubs but they are growing and will be too big for their tubs soon. I am surprised at how fast they grow in the right conditions.

On the subject of growth, the frogbit isn't propagating as quickly as I had hoped. From the research I have done the leaf tops should stay dry but they are consistently wet and it is causing the leaves to rot. The sponge filters that I am using are causing a good bit of surface turbulence as well as the cooling fan. It isn't dying off completly but seems to grow new leaves as fast as they die.

While I was feeding them tonight, I also noticed some white bumps on my wild type. The water is changed twice daily and temperature is perfect. I am not sure if it is the cramped quarters that is causing it or stress from all the water changes. He continues to eat though though and his gills look good. I will keep an eye on it and post updates as it progresses.

I am so ready for them to go into the tank. They need some room to grow. Wish my bacteria well everyone!!!



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