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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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    that doesnt sound good
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  • bearbear_13:
    Is it normal for my axie to eat every day? He’s overly hungry 😛
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    I'm new here but do I detect a bit of sarcasm in these comments? Ya'll sound like a fine bunch to me!
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    oh yes we’re all very sarcastic
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  • Jokerjay:
    My son and I have been looking for a water dog/tiger salamander for quite some time now with no luck has anybody know how or where to find any
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  • Jokerjay:
    @axolotl nerd, where can I find waterdogs or tiger salamanders my son has wanted one for a long time and I've been searching high and low with no luck
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    @Jokerjay, its a good idea to tell people where you are from. This is an international group. I have eastern tigers, im in the uk.
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  • axolotl nerd:
    @Jokerjay, as in water dogs do you mean axolotls? i suggest very heavy research and a fully cycled tank before even considering purchasing one
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  • bearbear_13:
    Axolotls are amazing until they get sick and then they’re a pain in the backside to treat - I recently lost two axolotls due to unknown causes
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  • KonaGoldAquatics:
    Anyone from the us? Looking for at least one or two axolotls for me and my son to have our own at-home project together.
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  • axolotl nerd:
    i highly recommend “buyanaxolotl.com”- ive purchased from them and received a beautiful animal for relatively cheap, in great condition, and excellent shipping precautions. the breeders are a couple living in georgia (i believe, don’t quite remember) and they’re fantastic. sometimes their website contact page doesn’t work, so i’d probably try just emailing them. good luck and happy hunting!
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  • blubford:
    do those aquarium fans work well for axolotls
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    My little guy got stuck in the filter yesterday. His back leg is red. Will this heal
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    Any recommendations on a water chiller for a 10gallon but will work for a 20gal when I decide to upgrade?
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    Anybody working with and breeding Salamandra salamandra salamandra?
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    heh
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  • Alexmcc:
    Hi all I'm new here I'm just looking some advise on cycle witch is currently driving me insane . So we are week 8 I'm dosing daily with 4pp of amonia and for the last week has been dropping to zero witch I no is good. But my question is my nitrites are sitting at between 0.50 and 1.0 PM and nitrates are between 10 and 20 and neither of these seem to be dropping. I have done 2 40% water changes a few days ago and no change the only thing I can think of is I didnt use the seachem stability stuff which I have now ordered but surely that shouldn't have much difference this far into cycling
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    Dropping ammonia with rising nitrate and nitrite is good. It means the nitrifying bacteria is working. You just have to remove the nitrate from the water doing water changes. The level of nitrates is high and the nitrate is also high. The nitrite will be converted to nitrate using the beneficial bacteria and you can add them using quick start or allowing them to naturally grow in the tank. The latter option will take longer. The nitrate can be used by plants, so live plants can decrease the levels, but I would do a water change to get the nitrate at a level that is lower than 5 ppm. 5ppm of nitrate is natural and a good place.
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    New here. hope this is the right place to post my question. I had 27 axolotyls aged 2-3 months old. main food has been finely chopped up bloodworms. no problems. I decided to introduce earthworms from my earthworm compost bin for variety. I finely chopped up 4 small earthworms and fed them to the babies. Within an hour 20 of the babies were dead. The remaining 7 (the smaller babies) survived and are now fine on bloodworms. Any ideas why the chopped up earthworms killed many of the babies?
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