I've always wanted an Axelotl but just never got around to it. Recently I thought; Why not just do it? How hard could it be?
So I bought a cheap tank and filter and then started researching. (Probably not a good start) It sounded really hard, 6 weeks to cycle a tank with constant checks. (I didn't feel putting live fish in suffering with Ammonia was right for me)
Then I discovered that you can't buy Ammonia in Australia.
Eventually I decided on going the heavily planted route and using an established filter.
I bought my Axelotl from my local pet store and asked to buy the plants and filter from the same tank. The lady had a confused look and replied you've done some research. (This gave me a small smile which turned to angst when I assumed many people just chuck them in and see what happens)
To finish the story it's been a week now and I haven't had any Ammonia, Nitrate or Nitrite readings and my Axelotl seems happy. I've done twice a day chemical checks and it's all been positive.
For the price of one bottle of instant cycle product I bought a used sponge and 3 plants. I added another 4 plants and for well under $100 I got a 2x1ft (600x300mm) tank, filter, sand, plants, rocks and Axelotl. It's all up and running and now I'm think I'd love a 6ft tank with more tank scaping and more Axelotls but I'll get some experience first.
I hope this helps other confused newbies and I welcome any feedback from those much more experienced.
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