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Old 4th September 2011   #1
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Here are some links to basic info to get you started before you post.

Basics of housing axolotls:
Axolotls - Housing in Captivity

Photos of fully-aquatic setups (not all of these are suitable for axolotls):
Caudata Culture Articles - Setups, Aquatic

Filters
The most common types of filters used for axolotls are the hang-on-back waterfall filter, the canister filter, and sponge filters.
Basics of various types of filters:
Caudata Culture Articles - Filters

Basics of substrates for aquatic setups (not all of these are suitable for axolotls):
Caudata Culture Articles - Aquarium Substrates

Vivarium building projects, including examples of glued-down substrates:
Caudata Culture Articles - Vivarium Building Projects

What rocks are safe?
http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...lotl-safe.html

Information about algae, snails, worms, and other "critters" that show up in aquariums:
Caudata Culture Articles - Aquarium Invaders: Algae, Snails, Worms and Other Critters

Avoid using gravel, small stones, or marbles
Gravel, small stones and marbles pose a serious risk to axolotls, due to ingestion. Here are just a FEW of the many horror stories we have had on this forum to demonstrate this:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...ten-stone.html
http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...acted-not.html
http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...aped-head.html
http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...ed-thread.html
http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...-rocks-dx.html
http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...ge-marble.html
Includes X-rays:
http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...ted-belly.html
Includes X-rays:
http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...ock-belly.html




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Old 22nd July 2012   #2
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Is turtle or reptile sand okay? I searched for several hours in stores for sand with a silica base but couldn't find any I was sure about. Thank you.



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I find that Play Sand (sand you find in sandboxes) is very good. Don't need to wash them because they're already sterile, comes in an attractive light brown colour, and can be bought in bulk and cheaply in places like Rona.



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Hi,
I too searched for silica based sand, I found some at Home Depot, it's the sand that they put in those smoke or cigarette things that sit outside, places, i.e. stores, offices buildings, and malls.
I have no clue if it is safe for axolotls or not.
But I did find it. The price wasn't bad.



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Would there be any issue with using a large flat piece of filter foam (new) instead of substrate?



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Hello, I am new to Axolotls and set my tank up with a substrate that was advertised as sand, however I think it looks a bit coarse and wanted an opinion.
I also heavily planted the tank with live plants that they seem to love sitting in. Is there any negative aspects of doing this?
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Is quikrete play sand ok?



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CaribSea Aragonite Aquarium Sand at PETCO

Is this sand okay to use??????? anybody know where to get sand for an axolotl online?



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CaribSea Aragonite Aquarium Sand at PETCO

Is this sand okay to use??????? anybody know where to get sand for an axolotl online?
I dunno, I've heard a few horror stories about that kind of sand. Best to go with play sand (the stuff used in sandboxes), or pool filter sand.



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Aragonite causes a high pH. And depending on the size of your lotl, it could be a little coarse. Aragonite is commonly used in cichlid set ups who like a pH of above 8. I've also heard it clouds for a while and can be problematic espesh with spazzy lotls. So, if your lotl is adult sized or close to and your prepared to closely monitor pH and probably lower it frequently you could try it.

I would recommend play sand though as it is cheap or I highly recommend fine sillica sand which I personally use. The white stuff is relatively cheap (Here in NZ we can actually get it just as cheap as play sand if not cheaper). Its super soft to the touch I have no problem with clouding and it settles real quick when my lotls go nuts.



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Shop QUIKRETE 50-lbs All-Purpose Sand at Lowes.com

Is this sand ok? If not, I've got to get it out and get new in my tank.



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Shop QUIKRETE 50-lbs All-Purpose Sand at Lowes.com

Is this sand ok? If not, I've got to get it out and get new in my tank.
No. Thats building sand, you need play sand.



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Would this be a suitable filter for a 20 gallon tank? It's one of the few filters in my price range(about $40 or less).
Zoo Med Turtle Clean 501 Turtle Tank External Canister Filter - Turtle Clean Canister Tank Filter - petco.com



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It says right there in the description that it works for tanks up to 30 gallons. I don't see why it wouldn't work, though you have a wide range of options of other filters on that same site that would work and are under $40. Just go to the fish section and select "aquarium filters" and plenty of results will come up, a lot of which are under $40.



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Question Re: Filters, substrates, setups: please read before posting

I have read through this, but the link to cooling options link is broken. I have not yet found axolotl to purchase, and am still scaping the tank.

Any suggestions from experienced keepers in the south in the US? While I use AC in the summer, I generally keep it at 80 degrees farenheit. Will movement and aeration be sufficient to keep it cool enough or will I need a fan?



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I have read through this, but the link to cooling options is broken. I have not yet found axolotl to purchase, and am still scaping the tank.

Any suggestions from experienced keepers in the south in the US? While I use AC in the summer, I generally keep it at 80 degrees farenheit. Will movement and aeration be sufficient to keep it cool enough or will I need a fan?



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Hi all,

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have recently decided to buy an axolotl and I have some concerns about my substrate. I had bought all the necessities for a fish tank and threw it all in there before even realizing it could be wrong. I purchased black aquarium substrate which is obviously not sand as suggested many many times. After reading article after article I am assuming impaction from too large of gravel is the problem not the actual rocks themselves. The substrate I purchased is not large at all but bigger than sand. I was curious if this would be an immediate impact risk or potentially small enough to pass through without harm. I have not purchased an axolotl yet and would not place one in a situation it couldn't survive in but I was hoping for a little direction on this. I would prefer to not have the extra work of now removing all the substrate and replacing it with sand, but I appreciate and will follow all knowledgable advice.

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Hi all,

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have recently decided to buy an axolotl and I have some concerns about my substrate. I had bought all the necessities for a fish tank and threw it all in there before even realizing it could be wrong. I purchased black aquarium substrate which is obviously not sand as suggested many many times. After reading article after article I am assuming impaction from too large of gravel is the problem not the actual rocks themselves. The substrate I purchased is not large at all but bigger than sand. I was curious if this would be an immediate impact risk or potentially small enough to pass through without harm. I have not purchased an axolotl yet and would not place one in a situation it couldn't survive in but I was hoping for a little direction on this. I would prefer to not have the extra work of now removing all the substrate and replacing it with sand, but I appreciate and will follow all knowledgable advice.

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I'd get rid of it, personally.



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I'd get rid of it, personally.
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I figured that would most likely be the case. Above is the link for what I have and although th size of the pieces are really pretty small I am assuming it's still a risk not worth taking. I am in the process of aging the new tank currently so I'll just go out and by sand at some point later this week and replace the substrate.

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