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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Hi guys, I was wondering if I possibly crashed my tanks cycle? I’ve had a cycling tank for months now, changing 25% water weekly. I never had any problem until a few days ago when I did a 50% water change. I did this because the tank was looking extra dirty for some reason and also I siphoned too much water out trying to vacuum the sand. I noticed since that water change, my axolotl has been hiding more, barely eating, and only moving from time to time. I checked the water perimeters and they are .25 ammonia, 0 nitrite and 10 nitrate. I normally have 0 ammonia, I haven’t had above 0 since I was first cycling the tank. Did I make an error or is this just a fluke? What should I do?
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Im worried about my lil girl, she’s normally fairly active and a pig when it comes to food. Should I tub her until I figure out the tank situation? Am I overreacting lol?
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Also, she is about a year old. Her tail is perfectly straight and her gills are perky (not curled forward). She’s looking perfectly fine, just acting weird
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Sorry one more thing, when I changed the water last I removed a few plastic plants that I realized were taking up too much room. Would the removal of the bacteria on the plants mess it up?
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  • JoyJiang:
    Maybe, I’m not to sure. I’ve done lots of research when i got my baby axolot. Maybe she is just adjusting to the new tank?
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  • Robpod86:
    What can I do to help my tiger that is bloated. Been bloated for 2 months. Ty
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  • JoyJiang:
    Tiger..?
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  • SubZero:
    Tiger = Tiger Salamandrr its tiring to type the whole thing
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  • JoyJiang:
    Oh ok, I dont know anything about those, I’m an axolotl owner sorry
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Urgent: My nitrates shot up to 80 ppm. I have no idea why and I’m freaking out. Should I put my axolotl in a tub????
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  • Nioa:
    @Toothpickthelotl, I definitely would. And then do a big water change
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    @Nioa, ok, do you know why it might’ve spiked? I just did a water change a few days ago and tested all the perimeters and it was at 10 nitrate
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    i have never had nitrates so high
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  • Nioa:
    @Toothpickthelotl, I'm not sure. :( I haven't had that happen either
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  • Nioa:
    How many axolotls and what size tank?
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    @Nioa, One adult axolotl, 20 gallon long tank
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    i noticed my axie started acting weird a few days ago, but checked all the levels and everything was fine. Checked it again today and the nitrates were skyrocketing. She’s in a tub with dechlorinated water now and I’m doing a big water change
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    She looks fine in appearance but she has been acting very lethargic and not eating unless I drop it right infront of her face
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  • Nioa:
    @Toothpickthelotl, Ah, that tank size seems adequate. I've got no clue.
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    What’s even weirder is I have a few live plants in the tank which I thought absorb nitrates. I’m wondering if maybe there’s some dead plant matter or something?
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  • Nioa:
    Oh, that could do it! The only time my nitrates got a bit high in my fbt tank is when there was a big mass of dead plant matter
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    Nioa: Oh, that could do it! The only time my nitrates got a bit high in my fbt tank is when there was...
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