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Old 31st October 2012   #1
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Just a little thank you from me & my baby axie (6-7wks) he/she came home as an egg on a plant bought for another tank - I couldn't put the plant into the aquarium, so I put it into a nursery tank & only 1 egg hatched =D

I never thought I'd be an axie mum - but now I'm so in love with this cute little alien - I just want him to grow big & strong >o_o< he's definitely tough because he has so far survived my inexperienced "love" lol & me learning on the run :-/ so far he's survived 2 types of the wrong substrate gravel / quartz sand!! All kinds of wrong food & me knowing nothing about keeping a healthy axie environment - my only other aquarium is an unkillable Betta

So I have read many topics in here & have updated the little ones tiny tank today to hopefully be a safer environment :) I have hopefully learned enough to keep him alive until I get a new proper tank for him/her. I've given live black worms today & they have been a total hit & been gobbled up happily :) much better than dry pellets!

I'll attach photos of the new set up & would appreciate any input / advice that you can offer me :)

Also can you tell what colour this little one could turn out to be? Would you be able to post a pic of an adult with similar colouring, I'm not up on all the terminology for axies yet - but love learning about theses sweetie pies <3

Thank you again :) I look forward to many years of axie love ahead <3

Nikki >0_0<
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Old 31st October 2012   #2
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Also the little one is currently just under 30mm - is that about right for a 6-7week old baby axie?

Pics are from a couple of days ago with the black quartz galaxy sand (apparently a very sharp no no!)

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Old 31st October 2012   #3
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Default Re: Baby Axie thankful to these forums :) new tank set up ??? Hope it's OK :)

Your sand is much too deep. You really only need enough to cover the glass, not a thick layer.



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Default Re: Baby Axie thankful to these forums :) new tank set up ??? Hope it's OK :)

Yeah, you'd think that the depth of the sand doesn't matter, but it actually does in some cases.

If enough organic waste builds up near the bottom, bacteria could form (anaerobic bacteria; bacteria that can only live in areas with no oxygen, like deep sand beds) that will produce hydrogen sulfide as a metabolic byproduct. Hydrogen sulfide is highly toxic to probably every eukaryotic organism on Earth (and then some).

And besides, you don't need that much sand. I'd just stick with ~1.5 inches so that you get some decent aerobic bacteria growth.



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Yes I agree there's more sand than I had intended 0.0 but it's such a tiny tank a couple of good handfuls was all that took! The sand is never left long enough to get dirty as I've done total tank clean outs & changes & so far the little one has tolerated my levels of "love" lol :)

I've just been given an AquaOne AR850 & I will be setting it up for a long term set up with filter (current tank has only a low flow air stone!)

Now I'm reading about the deep sand base articles with great interest - it makes more sense to me, to create a balanced Eco system rather than a bare floored sterile unnatural environment - but that is my preference visually to see a natural planted tank.



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Deep sand beds are definetly a cool setup, and a neat way to do a truely balanced ecosystem. There are alot of myths and superstitions surrounding them.



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That's a pleasant surprise : )



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What a great story! He looks like a melanoid to me. So could be anything from grey to black.



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Also the little one is currently just under 30mm - is that about right for a 6-7week old baby axie?

Pics are from a couple of days ago with the black quartz galaxy sand (apparently a very sharp no no!)
Hey our babies are almost the same age - mine are coming up 7 weeks

My very small ones (the slow developers) are 3cms - some are 8-9cms - they seem much like kids - some to just constantly grow while some seem to have " growth spurts" and they vary greatly.



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Chugga I'm just so grateful the little one has survived my "loving" we've learned as we've gone & thanks to him/her bring a toughy we are still kicking along :)
I'm just in the process of setting up the little dears next tank
Couldn't help but fiddle with his current tank today to reduce the ute load of sand o.O & give him more space :)
The little one seems to like the changes.
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He is sooooo cute and I like your set up a lot

I know what you mean - I cant believe this many of mine have survived my efforts LOL. Lord only knows how I must have transferred the eggs a good half a dozen times because I kept second guessing myself! Gosh it seems like a lifetime ago now. I would do so much so differently now. The eggs would go in my aquaone 20ltr and be left there - my new 75ltr would house my new babies and my 50ltr for the fast growers. I would switch them around less when smaller. A lot of the money I have spent has been spent unwisely - but live and learn.

But some things I wouldnt change - like being a wee bit ocd about cleaning But then again - I only had a syringe or a syphon - and didnt trust myself with the syphon. Ive spent weeks looking for a turkey baster finally found one today.

Some things I am not so convinced of yet .... having been involved in dog breeding for many years I have seen a lot actually do " downhill" in terms of longevity, health and general hardiness when the breeders get really pedantic about "ideal conditions" (my breed is naturally occurring as far as we know - remains dating back 5000+ years).

In the human population there is growing evidence that children are becoming more vulnerable to sickness/weak immune systems due to lack of exposure to bacteria etc.

Nature just isnt "ideal" in the sense that humans tend to be - if you know what I mean.



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I hear what you're saying regarding longevity in some dog breeds - I'm a very proud owner of 2 Dobermann (a very young hybrid breed barely around for 100yrs) & I see many problems with many breeds / breeders - although a clean pedantic breeder is better than a filthy backyard set up in my opinion - but it really comes down to line breeding & genetics - a problem I've read has affected axies in Australia because of the limited original population & the fact that home aquarists wouldn't think twice about genetics & putting siblings together to breed.... Thus leading to catastrophic inbreeding & the consequences of such.

I'm in love with axies (always have been from afar - hadn't planned on owning one ever... Ha!) & yes I've made plenty of mistakes & thankfully he's survived :)

So far apart from the totally wrong substrate in tank we've had the following "accidents"

glass lid managed to slip into the actual tank & squashed everything in its way... plants & bridge were flattened & somewhere in amongst the squishing was the little one >o_o<

I used to use satay sticks to tidy the tank until one day he swam into it & I was shocked I'd never even thought not to use the spikes end - nearly had axolotl kebab

fed him live brine shrimp from pet shop when he was only tiny & they weren't babies - when they went in (thankfully only about 15) they attacked the axie! 0.0 or at least swarmed on him... So I had to stage an axie rescue & suck out the brine shrimp :-/

Yup we live & learn roflmao



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