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Old 23rd December 2010   #1
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Default What exact filter would you recommend for a tank that is 1' by 2' and/or one that is 1' by 3'?

I had an axolotl but he passed away several months ago and I recently found another, but I no longer have the filter I had, which didn't work well anyway, but I don't know what brand, make, or model or whatever I need to help keep the tank clean between weekly partial water changes.
Also, for those who know what plants to keep, is the amazon sword a viable plant? I read somewhere of someone keeping it with axolotls and he has yet to uproot it.




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If you're doing weekly water changes then I wouldn't even worry about a filter and just add an air stone.

Amazon swords are on OK plant for an axie tank as long as it doesn't get too cold. This plants optimal temperature range is 22-28c but it can handle temps down to around 16c without any issues. My plants leaves will start to brown and drop once the temps drop below 10-12c.



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Default Re: What exact filter would you recommend for a tank that is 1' by 2' and/or one that is 1' by 3'?

The only reason I'm concerned is that it smells a bit and it's not even been a week.



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Default Re: What exact filter would you recommend for a tank that is 1' by 2' and/or one that is 1' by 3'?

Was your tank cycled before putting the new axie in? Also do you know if the one who died had some kind of illness?



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My axolotl died in May and I was very thorough in cleaning the tank, so I doubt that there is a disease, though I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean by cycled.



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*As to the COD of the last, I believe it just got too hot for him, but I also belive I am better equipped to deal with this new one better as I did some research into cooling the tank that I didn't need to before since he was in the basement. He died soon after we moved into a new house and on the day of my grandmother's funeral.



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You NEED to read up on the nitrogen cycle - Caudata Culture Articles - Cycling
Unfortunately I suspect it is what killed your other axolol. The smell is ammonia, and unless you are careful I think this might die as well.



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Too much cleaning (or the wrong kind of cleaning) can actually be counterproductive. Instead of focusing on the idea of "clean" you need to focus on the idea of maintaining a healthy environment for beneficial bacterial in the tank. If the bacteria are healthy, the animals will be healthy. Read the article that ax linked to and come back with questions

If you tank smells bad, something is wrong. Is there any chance of there being any uneaten food in there? That's bad and could kill the axie.

I'm not familiar with what exact products are available in the UK, but I'd recommend an internal or external waterfall filter. Just be careful to disperse the outflow so it doesn't make a current in the tank. See
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