Axolotl cycling question.

Zoe-Peake

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I’ve been researching axolotl for about 4-5 months now and I’m confident I know a lot about the care they need.
The question I have is on cycling the tank, I get how it all works.
But I was wondering is it better to ask a local pet shop to keep a filter in a tank for you, or start the cycle your self.
I’ve talked to different axolotl breeders and have had a lot of different feed back.

I also saw something on here about moss balls and wanted to know what people thoughts on them where. I probably won’t end up getting one but wanted to know if they are helpful.
 

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If the pet shop has a pre-cycled filter (that they can guarantee is safe and healthy), that shaves off some time from the cycling process because it comes with instant nitrifying bacteria.
You'll still have to cycle your own tank, of course, but it will likely be a bit faster.

Moss balls are great. I don't particularly like their aesthetic, but I'm a big advocate of plants in general.
Do keep in mind they benefit from light and water flow - if you don't have either they will likely become a pile of sludge before long.
 

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Cycling is important but there’s quick start solutions that you can buy either online or at specialty aquarium stores that basically just contain beneficial bacteria that quickens the process. I keep some around for when I do water changes and add a bit each time I do a significant water change.
 
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