Axolotls are one of the cutest but messiestanimals I’ve ever kept in an aquarium, which means you need really good filtration to keeptheir water clean.
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Today’s topic comes from Lacey who saw mybasic axolotl care video (linked in the description) and wanted me to elaborate on what kind offilter to use with a pet axolotl.
So just in case you’re new to keeping aquariums, let me quickly cover the 3 basic types of filtration.
Mechanical filtration is like a coffee filter, but you use a sponge or filter pad to strain out any debris in the water.
Biological filtration refers to beneficialbacteria or live aquarium plants, anything that can consume the toxic ammonia and nitrogencompounds that come from axolotl waste.
“Biological media” refers to bio rings, lava rock, and other stuff the beneficial bacteria can grow on.
And finally chemical filtration, such as activatedcarbon or Purigen resin, isn’t necessary but can be used to remove medications or otherimpurities from the water.
Okay, now that we’ve covered the basicsof aquarium filtration, what exactly do axolotls require? Because they produce so much waste, they needreally good filtration.
However, bigger, more powerful filters usuallyhave very strong flow, which axolotls hate.
I mean look at those delicate gills.
Too much current can cause your axolotl toget stressed or even sick! The trick is to get just enough water turnoverin your tank so that you don’t have any stagnant areas for debris to collect.
And you also want enough biological filtrationto consume the ammonia and nitrogen coming from the axolotl’s waste.
So here are the top 3 filters most commonlyused with axolotls: A lot of axolotl owners swear by sponge filters, which I can understand because it’s cheap, won’t break down on ya, has very gentleflow, and provides both mechanical and biological filtration.
I would say the cons are: it takes up a lotof room in your tank (since you’ll need a big sized sponge or even two sponges tohandle an axolotl), it won’t pick up the smaller particles in the water, and you’llhave to clean the sponge very regularly to remove all the waste it collects or else it’llclog up.
Hang-on-back filters like the AquaClear seriesare probably my top vote for a beginner axolotl keeper who is just getting into the aquariumhobby.
You can completely customize the media compartmentwith anything you want – sponges, bio rings, activated carbon.
And they’re really easy to clean becausemost of the filter is outside the aquarium, and all you have to do is remove the filtermedia, swish it around in some tank water, and put it back! The AquaClear filter has an adjustable flowrate so you can set the current to all-the-way slow.
If you want it even slower, you can put somedecoration right underneath the waterfall output area or even attach a DIY baffle usinga water bottle or sponge like some betta fish owners like to do (links in the description).
On the good, better, best scale, most peoplethink canister filters are king.
They’re a lot more powerful, they’re customizablelike the AquaClear, and you can baffle the outflow using a spray bar.
Plus they’re super silent like a ninja.
The only downsides are they’re usually moreexpensive if you get a good, UL-rated one, and they can be a little more hassle to cleanthan a hang-on-back filter.
Final note: don’t be afraid to add somefast-growing beginner plants, because they can suck up ammonia and nitrogen like nobody’sbusiness! Now you will have to account for lower temperaturesand lower light, but people have had luck with anubias, java fern and java moss, aquariumlilies, and floating plants.
If you want to try an easy plant that growsoutside the tank, stick the roots of a pothos plant into your HOB filter, and it will workwonders for your water quality.
There are a ton of other filters I didn’tcover, like under-gravel filters, sumps, UV filtration, etc.
so just do your researchand I’m sure you’ll find something that works for you.
Question of the day: what filter do you likebest for axolotls and why? Comment below to share your experiences withthe community.
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