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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    Thanks mattgirl, I'm so glad I came on Fishlore for help...it really is a great source of knowledge. I also asked on our local Axy page about cooling and someone else said that the bottles of water can cool the water too much and kill them? I wondered if just chilled fridge water would be...
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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    Hi Mattgirl, Thanks for checking in. She had been doing great and loving all her hides, swimming around a lot and perching herself in funny places. Yesterday she did a vomit of about 2 days worth of food which I guess is a symptom of over feeding! Some people say to give them rest days, others...
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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    Hi Mattgirl, Yipppeeee, we have successfully cycled the aquarium and put our Axolotl back in yesterday. It was such a great moment! I am sure I will have more questions in the future about our Axy's care but this was a big achievement I feel so super stoked. We did another water change and...
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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    Hi Mattgirl, Thank you for your detailed instructions, these are really helpful when you have very little idea what you are doing. We did the two water changes as you suggested. This bought our nitrates down to 20ppm. I wish they could be lower as I know 20ppm is the max that an axy can take...
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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    Thank you, sometimes you really need those extra supportive words when you feel so close but its just not perfect yet! Thanks Mattgirl, so I'm hearing that water changes are the only thing that bring nitrates down (apart from plants, which I might look at in the future if I can find any that...
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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    Hi Mattgirl, I wanted to check in with you on our cycle if you don't mind. We are dosing 2ppm as you recommended and over the past five days our ammonia has been reading 0 after 24 hours no sweat. At 24 hrs our nitrites are at 0.25 which is pretty low but its taking until about 30 hrs for them...
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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    Thanks Blacksheep, yes I do need to post some pics of our girl, I'll get that organised. Unfortunately we adopted her from a family who had had some tragic circumstances and so she didn't have the care that she needed. Our axo FB group here in NZ said that she isn't in great condition but we...
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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    Azedenkae, thank you so much for all your science info, it has been a huge learning curve for us considering we hadn't even heard of a cycle 25 days ago! I think talking to you all is making this so much more clear so thank you so so much. The good news is, yesterday when we tested the tank...
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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    Hi MattGirl, Thanks for your advice. We had a big spike to 160 of nitrate two days ago so we did a 75% water change and dosed Ammonia back up to 4ppm. Our nitrites have never been down to 0, the lowest we have gotten is 0.25 but more commonly they are sitting between 1.0 and 2.0 which is quite...
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    Axolotl tank cycling - starting to go slightly insane

    I am looking for some advice on cycling our tank please...we are fishless cycling using Dr Timms ammonia. We adopted an Axolotl during our L4 lockdown here in New Zealand and have tubbed our Axy and doing water changes every day. We are very lucky that we have a natural spring on our property...
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    Excited to be joining

    Thank you all so much for your welcomes...I feel like I'm in the right place! Regarding cycling our tank....We have tubbed our Axy and are doing water changes every day. We are very lucky that we have a natural spring on our property so we don't have chlorine in our water. Our natural water...
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    Excited to be joining

    Kia ora, I am from New Zealand and am very new to aquariums. My 10 year old did a project on Axolotls then asked if she could get one. I did some research and then saw how much time it takes to cycle a tank and said no. Then our country went into another covid-19 lockdown and someone on our...
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