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Old 15th May 2006   #1 (permalink)
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On another axolotl board is someone claiming that axolotls need UV lights. Also claiming the lack of said lights is causing "spine disformation" in another members' axolotl.

I've read and read and the only comment on lights is that A. they not produce heat, B. needed for plants.

I say axolotls get their Vit. D from their foods.

Am I right?

Sharon



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Old 15th May 2006   #2 (permalink)
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I really donīt know. I had the axie problem. Now i guess is solved, donīt know how. But I said that I had metal in water, that my test detected, but.. i was wrong, cuase... MY KIT TEST DONT DETECT METALS IN WATER!!!, I was confused, sorry. But one problem could be the Algae. Maybe too much oxigen in water, I was reading that oxigen concentration over 11 mg/l can be letal to axolotls (bubble disease) and other staff with algae, so I took it out of the tank. And a very big piece of stone, very heavy and dark brown color. but nothing with vit D related, i guess.



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Old 16th May 2006   #3 (permalink)
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sharon: thanks a lot! you where right about NO "spine disformation" an UV light



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Old 16th May 2006   #4 (permalink)
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I have never heard that axies needed light especially since the albino axies eyes are to sensitive to lght....but I could be wrong..? never know until you experience it I guess..



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Old 16th May 2006   #5 (permalink)
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Well I'm glad everything worked out good for you and your axolotl hun!

The other site is ok for gabbing about our pets but if you want GOOD reliable information THIS IS THE SITE to read!

Have fun!

Sharon



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Old 16th May 2006   #6 (permalink)
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no doubt that this is the best site, but there are some proyects and studies very interestings, like this
www.conabio.gob.mx/institucion/proyectos/resultados/InfJ087.pdf
but, itīs in spanish.
bye



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Old 16th May 2006   #7 (permalink)
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snip "On another axolotl board is someone claiming that axolotls need UV lights. Also claiming the lack of said lights is causing "spine disformation" in another members' axolotl"

What they are referring to is the need in some animals for the spectrum of UV light corresponding to UVB (if I remember correctly close to 295 nm) which allows the animal to convert provitamin D to D3. This prevents a disruption of the calcium metabolism. However in a lot of nocturnal animals, the animal may either aquire sufficient D3 from the diet (for example if you use some pellets) or can synthesize it without exposure to D3. Caudates to date have not been shown to develop disruptions of the calcium metabolism when deprived of UVB...

Ed



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