This tank is driving me crazy.

AkemiYousei

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So my daughter found out about axolotls and long story short I said yes. However, the only place that sold them was about 2 hours away. My husband had to go down there for work so our "month(s) away, we can cycle a tank" plan went out the window.

Now, I stupidly said yes, we can go ahead with the tank because I can rapid cycle. I have a betta tank and just used his filter insert with the established bacteria.

Here is where it went to poop...

The filter was defective, it functioned at about half capacity at best of times. Cue bacteria bloom, which took a week to clear. So I had to take it back to the store. It crashed the newly founded cycle, my bottle bacteria I had used to kick start my betta tank was dead so I thought to just let it cycle naturally. (Momo, the axie is tubbed as soon as I caught the ammonia spike, btw) and a few days ago I got some more bottle bacteria because the ammonia was not budging for a week, WITH a seeding from my betta filter again, which likely didn't have enough anyway due to it being only two weeks in his tank before transfer.

Good news, however, is that today, with the addition of the bottle bacteria and the seeding from my betta tank, the cycle is finally processing the ammonia. I'm getting .25 ppm ammonia and .25 ppm nitrites. I already had nitrates, due to the previous cycle so those are pretty high now.

I live in Arizona, so the first two weeks was figuring out a way to keep the tank cool without frozen water bottles every hour (which I did for a week straight. Good thing I am a homemaker atm!) Then, the cycle crash. So now I have to do daily tub water changes which includes mixing my 80F degree tap water with my 40F degree refrigerated tap water.

I am so frustrated about how much fuss this has been. I hope this is the last week and that Momo can enjoy her tank.

Thanks for reading my rant. Just wanted to get it out there to people that understand why these creatures are worth the hassle.
 
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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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  • faebugz:
    @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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  • AxolotlMama:
    I just wrote this on the post ^
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  • AkemiYousei:
    Haha, great minds, right?
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  • AxolotlMama:
    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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  • AkemiYousei:
    Might be the stress, or the shedding bothering it
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  • AkemiYousei:
    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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  • Jaeger:
    I woke up to my golden axolotl covered complete white. what do i do
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  • Jaeger:
    Just found out, hes dead. :(
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  • mcapanema:
    :'(
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  • AkemiYousei:
    @Jaeger, Oh no! Sorry to hear. :(
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  • AxelTheAxolotl123:
    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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  • Wyn1993:
    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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