*HELP* Cycling a tank with 2 juvenile Axolotls, need advice.

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Hey guys,

I just bought 2 Axolotls, one leucistic and one wild type. They look to be around 2 months old. Prior to purchasing them I had a 29 gallon tank with an Exo Terra canister filter, a large air stone ring, and 2 large amazon sword plants running for about 4 days with fish flakes at the bottom(very fine white sand as substrate, temp is 68F). I’ve treated the water with prime and have been trying to get a cycle going with tetra safe start and stability. Since I got the Axolotls before my tank cycled, I plan to cycle with them inside.(the shop I was got them from was down to the last 5 axies and I didn’t want to miss out) aside from monitoring the water several times daily, and performing 25-30% partial water changes everyday. Is there anything else I can do to ensure the axies thrive? They’ve just been introduced to the tank and are pretty stressed from the Tupperware-to-tank change. (substrate has been cleaned and most if not all fish flakes were removed, and a 75% water change was done to get rid of any built up ammonia.) Thanks so much, I’ll provide pics of the setup if you’d like.
 
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So cute. I am in the same shoes, except I tossed in a big bundle of hornworts. Grows fast, low lights, and sucks up ammonia. If that's not an option and you have another tank, toss its filter media into the filter of your new axie tank.
 

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Tank looks great! The only thing is that juvenile axolotls are recommended to be on bare bottom tanks for the first few months as even sand can cause impaction.
If you have to leave the sand in you can use a feeding jar/plate so they are eating away from the sand.
Test the water every day or two to make sure ammonia, etc, doesn't get high. Keep doing water changes according to these results too, cycling can take longer when doing it with animals in so it can be a while before you see a lot of progress. Borrowing cycled filter media, decorations or live plants are great to kick start it, maybe some bottled bacteria too. If ammonia, etc, gets too high and water changes don't bring it down fast enough be prepared to put the axies in a temporary container.
Keep an eye on how well they swim to the surface, little ones might need a lower water height until they get bigger.
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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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    I think my axie is dying, he’s never had any issues before, I’ve had him 3 years, today I noticed some fluffy looking stuff coming from his genital area so I took him out of his tank and did a full tank clean to make sure the water wasn’t infected as I thought it was fungus and then I noticed he had a cut on his belly which was only small about 5 hours ago and now it’s spread to all of his belly, what do I do I’m freaking out
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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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    hi.....
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    Hi, so I have 2 male axolotls and about an hour ago they were both perfectly fine and now only one of them has his tail curling up and his gills are slightly curled?? But other than that they’re both acting normally
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    Could be he's just excited, spooked or temporarily stressed, which could pass in a few hours. It could also be an indicator of other problems. Do you have any recent water parameters?
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    Does anyone have any idea how to help with high ammonia levels? I have the API freshwater master kit and everything else’s test results were great besides ammonia. I did a 50% water change and I use API products including ammonia lock.
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