Cycling with 2 Axolotls in tank

ozaglemani

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I have 2 axolotls in a tank that was set up for me way before I got them. I was told the tank is cycled but it’s been 4 days that I’m having a hard time getting the nitrites down even after water changes. I’ve been doing tests using the API Freshwater Kit everyday and the past 3-4 days, ammonia changes 0-.25ppm, nitrites .25ppm-.50ppm, nitrates 5-10ppm. I do 25% - 50% water changes. Water temp is 16-18 deg Celsius.

I spot-clean regularly. I watch them eat so I can make sure I don’t miss leftovers. I clean their waste as soon as I see them.

Tank size is 40”x18”x18”. I have a HOB, 3 dual sponge and a single sponge filters, 1 air disk and 3 bags of assorted bio media. The water I put is somewhere between 40-43 gallons. I use RODI water which I re-mineralize with crushed corals and baking soda.
 
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Although ammonia is dangerous and it is of course best if the parameters are at 0, they are hardy and will be able to survive while you set up the cycle. People recommend that the tank is completely cycled before you put the axolotl in, but I also had to cycle the tank while I already had the axies inside. If the axolotls are being active and eating, then the parameters are likely not high enough to severely bother them. I also just did daily water changes, then after a few weeks I did changes every two days, and then I slowly switched into weekly water changes. You seem to be doing a lot to keep the parameters in check, so I wouldn't worry much.
 
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  • lvlyvoa:
    hey thank you all so much for your help!! i shouldn't have been so careless, but I love my axie very much and her behaviour has improved as I have started a tank cycle and gotten some good food for her
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    @lvlyvoa, good to hear, np. They love nightcrawlers and worms if you have access to them, they're the healthiest thing they can eat since they're a complete prey
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    hey, does anyone have any brine shrimp eggs??
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  • Jaeger:
    My axolotls were doing fine until the cycle int heir tank crashed. I currently have them tubbed and they wont stop shedding their slime coat, and my golden albino looks a little red, and his gills dont look too good. Theyre both flaoting and im keeping the tub at 18 degrees celsius and doing 100% water changes everyday, any help on anythingelse? can anyone help?
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  • AkemiYousei:
    @Jaeger I would try to double up on Prime to combat the slime coat shed when doing the 100% water changes. Also, if it's bad, might want to consider a tea bath as a preventive measure.
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    I just wrote this on the post ^
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    Haha, great minds, right?
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    They sure do 😄!
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  • Jaeger:
    @AkemiYousei thanks so much. Will do. I have also given them a tea bath before, seems to work their gills are looking so much healthier, my golden albino is swimming around frantically trying to jump out, should i be worried? my wild type is fine
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    Might be the stress, or the shedding bothering it
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    Make sure s/he can't jump out, and maybe keep her in a undisturbed, darkened place for a bit. See if that calms the goldie.
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    I woke up to my golden axolotl covered complete white. what do i do
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    Just found out, hes dead. :(
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    :'(
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    @Jaeger, Oh no! Sorry to hear. :(
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    my axolotl has white balls on its gills and the feathers have shrunk
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  • Jasper2021:
    We have an axolotl called Jasper who is approx 3 years old. He was being attacked by his companion so we separated them. He has healed his wounds now but has got very thin. his lips have turned black. he was just looking still and dead at times but ears moved so we knew he was still alive. Hold earthworms right in front of him which after some time he will take you think good he is eating but then it pops straight out again. At the moment he is in the fridge. Not sure what else to do if he can't or won't eat !!
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    Hi Jasper 2021,
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  • Wyn1993:
    I am new to axolotls myself and one thing I learnt was that earth worms when in distress give off an awful taste - have you tried live river shrimp? Mine really like these and are always happy to 'bite' - I also give them live crickets and pellets which are really pungeant in smell and they always take these - even wait at the glass for them! So sorry to hear he was being attacked by his companion!
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