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I might be getting a axolotl soon and I'm excited give any tips and give recommendations for things i need like tank or filter that would help thanks.
 

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Welcome to the forum! Here's a tip: DON'T use gravel in the tank.
ALso you can just peruse the axolotl sub-forums and find lots of useful information!
 

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Is there anything like a beginners forum for Axlotls? I'm researching the possibility of owning one & would like to be able to ask a bunch of probably very dumb beginner questions somewhere!
 

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This is a sub-section of this site.

http://www.axolotl.org/

The biggest mistake is trying to keep too warm!
Oh cheers. I had come across that site in my research, but I didn't realise it was affiliated with here. Good to know that's where I can get reliable info from. Thanks! While I've never kept anything in water before, I'm not completely new to the world of exotic pets. 10 years ago I had a Bearded Dragon. Had to give her up when I moved home, but thankfully they're much more accommodating to the idea of pets where I live now. Especially one that stays in a tank all the time! Maybe there's not much that I can take from my time as a beardie owner, but at least I'm used to dealing with live food, I guess! Worms should be a lot easier to deal with than crickets and locusts!

Obviously the water aspect is completely new to me and pretty daunting. I'm also completely new to the nitrogen cycle stuff so step by step advice there if it's out there anywhere would be hugely appreciated!

In terms of temperature, I live in the UK, so I'm worried more about it getting too cold than too warm!
 

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I live in the Midwest of US not far from Chicago. My air conditioning broke down The temperate inside my house rose to 29 C or 87 F. If you do not want to math get a picture of a US thermometer look up one and cross-reference to other. They are fine down to 10 C.

Plants will help soak up ammonia or nitrates but you will need a light source. It is not that hard to learn.
 

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I live in the Midwest of US not far from Chicago. My air conditioning broke down The temperate inside my house rose to 29 C or 87 F. If you do not want to math get a picture of a US thermometer look up one and cross-reference to other. They are fine down to 10 C.

Plants will help soak up ammonia or nitrates but you will need a light source. It is not that hard to learn.
It can definitely get colder than that here. Especially at night. So that’s certainly a concern. Are there are UK based Axolotl forums? They may be able to offer more specialised & specific advice.
 
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    @Lanalotl Sounds like the gills may have been nipped by the tank mate. If he is in his own tank and the parameters etc are all good, then he should grow them back and they should go back to full health and strength. However, depending on how old the injury is they may not fully grow back if they have been constantly nipped at.
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    Can anyone tell me why this is happening? We just did a water change and after freaking out and whipping around the tank, an hour later they look like this. It won't let me send a pic. The edges of their gills are white and it looks like they have skin shedding off
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    That sounds like severe skin damage. If you post a thread on the forum, you can attach pictures.
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    It sounds like something went wrong with the water change, so this could be very dangerous. Did you use a dechlorinator? Could it be there are traces of chlorine or soap in the water? (Or for example, in the bucket you used?)
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    Normally, I would recommend taking them out of the tank asap and putting them in a tub with fresh water, but if there's something wrong with your tap water or dechlorinator, that might not help either. Do you have acces to bottled water or rain water?
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    Update about my axie, unfortunately he has died over night, he looked as if he was bruised allover his belly, his mucus layer had also started to come off.
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