Juvenile axolotl in tank while cycling

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Hi, I am a very new (about 3 weeks in) “grandma” of an axolotl. We got one for our 8 year old, not realizing all the work that had to go into it. We did not know that we had to cycle the tank for a couple weeks before putting the axolotl in it so I believe the tank is cycling now. I don’t know what to do. The water parameters:

pH: 7.0
Ammonia: 1.0 ppm
Nitrite: .25 ppm
Nitrate: 5.0 ppm

I know those numbers are bad. Should I tub it? What does that all entail? I’ve gotten really confused/overwhelmed trying to read through all these forums searching for the answer. It seems to be acting normal and it looks normal. No tail or gill curling. No looks of burns or bulging. What should I do?
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I’m also doing 40-50% water changes for the past couple days. It’s eating and pooping just fine. No color change in the aquarium light. Looks a litte more pink with no aquarium light.
 

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I would tub until the tank is cycled. Tubing is easy I tub my axolotls. I still use an air stone for my tubing but you don't have to and I use safe to remove chlorine, ammonia, and chloramine to clean cold water. After that I add my axolotl and do 100% water changes each day and repeating the steps. Some use prime or tetra or API to remove all the contamination in their tap water. Hope this helps. Good luck!
 

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I would tub until the tank is cycled. Tubing is easy I tub my axolotls. I still use an air stone for my tubing but you don't have to and I use safe to remove chlorine, ammonia, and chloramine to clean cold water. After that I add my axolotl and do 100% water changes each day and repeating the steps. Some use prime or tetra or API to remove all the contamination in their tap water. Hope this helps. Good luck!
I am in the same position. So you do 100% water changes in the tub when it starts to gather ammonia and leave the original tank until it cycles?
 

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I am in the same position. So you do 100% water changes in the tub when it starts to gather ammonia and leave the original tank until it cycles?
Let the tank cycle and as it does so tub the axolot and for me I do 100% percent water changes each day until the tank is ready.
 
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    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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    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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    @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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    @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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    my axolotl has white balls on its gills and the feathers have shrunk
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    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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