Transferring Axolotl to new tank

Paige1warren

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Hi guys! I’ve had my axie (toothpick) since September, he is about 10 months old. Since September, I’ve had him in a 5 gallon tank (I know, too small), so the other day I finally was able to get a 20 gallon tank. It’s currently running with a very good filter, live plants, new decor, and some fake plants that I moved from his 5 gallon (so the bacteria is on it). Anyways...
When I first got my axoltol, I did not know too much about the cycling process until after I put him in the tank. Once I started researching more, I ended up cycling the tank with my axie in it and he seems to be perfectly fine. I only had one ammonia spike which I fixed instantly.
my question is, I really want to get toothpick into his new tank as soon as possible. He is a big guy, and he is obviously cramped in his tank. I was Intially going to do the cycling process without him in the tank, but that can take a while. So I was wondering how I should go about cycling the 20 gallon with my axie in it? A 5 gallon wasn’t too hard when I did it, should I just do the same things? (Water perimeter checks everyday, 25% water change every other day?).
also, should I bring the sponge I have in my 5 gallon filter over into my new filter to increase bacteria?
I want to do this as safely as possible, so any advice would be great!
 

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Use the current 5g filter do not rinse it prior to moving it to the new tank and squeeze it several times in the new clean tank water to release a bunch of the bacteria to seed the new filter.

At minimum use a nitrifying bacteria supplement for at least 1 week at the highest daily dose.
Test daily and be prepared to use prime daily to bind the ammonia and nitrite mini cycle spikes.

IF anything gets too high tub him even in the 5g with 100% daily water changes
 

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Use the current 5g filter do not rinse it prior to moving it to the new tank and squeeze it several times in the new clean tank water to release a bunch of the bacteria to seed the new filter.

At minimum use a nitrifying bacteria supplement for at least 1 week at the highest daily dose.
Test daily and be prepared to use prime daily to bind the ammonia and nitrite mini cycle spikes.

IF anything gets too high tub him even in the 5g with 100% daily water changes
Perfect! Thank you so much. Everything seems to be going great so far :)
 
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    @MadamePirateOwl Fridging is best left to life-or-death situations, and salt baths are unnecessarily harsh, stressful, and abrasive. I'd suggest doing tea baths instead (using caffeinated black tea, where the only ingredient is black tea).
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    so no idea what the goop is?
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  • madcaplaughs:
    Hard to tell without a photo, but might be algae or fungus floating. Water changes will take care of that.
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    It definitely came from the axolotl. Looked to be mixed into poo the first time. Can I post the photos here?
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    Im not actually sure how i would post it. It seems to want a link
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    Its fairly thick and chunky
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    (Also thanks for your patience and help!)
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    You could always upload the photo to imgur and link it back here
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    The second image was how it looked the first time, it was mixed with some other poop like stuff. after that its been small and without the poopy stuff
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  • madcaplaughs:
    The second photo looks reminiscent of partially-digested worms, though I've never seen anything like that. Have you checked your parameters lately?
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    Right now theyre in smaller tubs that i do daily water changes in
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    I'll admit Ive bought test strips but they havent come in yet
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    I use Prime to dechlorinate the water, which was recommend by the girl I got them from
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    For now I'd tub the axolotl and do daily 100% water changes until you're able to test your parameters
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    I'd also recommend ordering a liquid test kit such as the API Freshwater Master Test Kit since strips are generally unreliable and inaccurate.
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    Okay, thank you for your help and advice :)
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    Hello! Anyone there right now by chance? I have a couple questions about plants in an axolotl tank.
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