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AXOLOTYL TANK SET-UP HELP NEEDED!

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natalie

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Im totally lost with all the information i've read! I can't figure out how Im supposed to go about setting up a healthy tank for my axolotyl! There's too much to get my head around!
I'll be getting my axolotyl in a months time.

I especially don't understand the water (nitrate, etc) business.
I'd really appreciate step by step instructions, but any help I get will be VERY helpful!

Please help !!
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amy

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hiya. welcome to the site! the best setup is sand on the bottom as the substrate (they have a tendency to eat gravel). you could also have large river stones but i dont find they look that good or keep the dirt as well as sand. they like lots of places to hide so you can cut an ice cream tub in half and put some sand on top of it to keep it down. youll also need a good filter as axies are quite messy. heres something i wrote for someone else about cycling. tell me if you dont understand anything:
Ammonia is given off by the axolotl as they excrete. With an established filter (one that has lots of good bacteria on it and has been in the tank a while, adding filter starting products can help) the very harmful ammonia is converted into nitrItes which are a little less harmful than ammonia. With the combination of the established filter, these are converted into almost harmless nitrates which can get harmful if they get too high. This can be helped by removing 10% of the tank water every week or 20% every other week and adding lots of live plants which use nitrates as a fertiliser. You can buy test kits to measure the levels of these substances. A cycled tank should have 0ppm for both ammonia and nitrite and preferably 0 for nitrate too but is allowed to go relatively high. The instructions in the kit should tell you more.
although live plants have their benifits, they do disintergrate and are rather nasty when they do and as they decompose, it can increase the nitrites etc. if you are going to go for live plants, i find peace lilys are great with axies and dont readily disintergrate. if you need any more info just ask
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kim

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Natalie,

Have you taken a look at www.axolotl.org ?

There is loads of great information on there, everything you need to know, and what amy has said seems good to me!
 
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natalie

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Thanks for answering, thats soo nice of you two!
Well you've basically made what i've read before nice and simple for me. Simple: just get a filter, test the water (the kit will tell me how) and change the water a bit weekly. Oh no! decomposing plants - can't have that! i'll opt for fake plants.
THANKS!
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natalie

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That site IS very good!! Better than a book i'd read while standing at a pet shop for half an hour! thanks
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kim

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Nat,

Thats good you have got it all sorted.. the site is great and helped me loads when setting my tank up... Have you got your axie yet?
 
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mik

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A tip for anyone else browsing on stone size...I have tried quite a few set ups now and found that large stones can be irritating to axies if they totally cover an area of the tank.

If you ever get a chance with a large tank try an area of sand adjacent to an area of pea gravel and then and area of 1" cobbles or stones. They will avoid the stones completely.

Stones want to be really big and flat like slate or gravel sized.
 
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  • Asholotl:
    Daww.
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  • Asholotl:
    i try to feed mine via hands. or a turkey baster if its too slippery for me to hold onto. but make sure there is plenty of space for the axolotls to thrash on, or drop it next to their head.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yes we feed them with tweezers but only hold onto the food a little to they don't Hurt themselves on the tweezers, they will only eat it if we move it around in front of their head :p
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  • The-Axolotl:
    There waters is a little bit Hot right now I'm gonna put the cooler on
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  • Asholotl:
    looks like the water is fine till tomorrow. which is nice. im super tired of late. ive been doing large water changes for a week before getting their 'tubs' i just wish i had the old filter ;3;
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  • Asholotl:
    you got a cooler :D Thats so cool! i normally chill their water down if it gets too warm with clean dechlorinated water when they were in their bigger tanks. i'll need to get one that can work with two tanks at some point. or find them for cheap and get two quiet ones. since im in an apartment.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea most coolers are super expensive though the price range is around $100-$500
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  • Asholotl:
    yeah D:
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  • Asholotl:
    i need one before summer though so i should prob save up
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  • Asholotl:
    or its waterchanges and/or air fans for me.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Here its Hot like every day so we have to have the cooler :p
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  • The-Axolotl:
    But we also have a fan
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  • Asholotl:
    its just wet in oregon and cold most of the time.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    So good axolotl weather :p
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  • Asholotl:
    yeah, most of the time lol. its always cold in my room now cause of them.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea my room is freezing because of the axolotls xd
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  • The-Axolotl:
    The worst thing is my cat always jumps up next to the tank but good thing it has a lid 😁
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  • Asholotl:
    same D: my cat is constantly knocking over my bottles and stuff for my axolotls.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    One time he almost knocked over a whole bottle of tap water conditioner we just bought
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  • Asholotl:
    haha. sounds like a cat
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  • The-Axolotl:
    I know right what is it with cats constantly knocking every thing over??
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  • Asholotl:
    And boxes. you can even tape a square on the floor and ive seen them go in it xD
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Haha 😂
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  • Asholotl:
    im going to head off now, its 12 am now so i got to rest. :D nice talking with ya!
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    The-Axolotl: Bye 😀 +1
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