Yeah, same, I feel like a bigger one is better for a baby and an adult axolotl. I feel like a bunch of small ones could get out of control as they mate and stuff. And the Axolotl can eat the little snails.
You cannot house most species with axolotls because
a) most wont tolerate the cold water temperature
b) They will harm your axolotl
c) your axolotl will eat them
Snails and shrimp can help clean up the tank a bit, but more often than not, they become a snack. Just clean your tank and decorations by hand. Because axolotls don't tolerate light well, you really shouldn't be having an algae problem anyway. If you're experiencing a clear-ish slime in your tank, that's generally a result of too much organic waste in your tank and you should be doing water changes more frequently.
Probably adult Japanese trapdoor snails, they use them in ponds for that purpose and easily overwinter. I keep my setup heavily planted (to produce shade and outcompete the algae) with lots of shrimp (Neocaridina and ghost) they tollerate temps in the 60s just fine. Also a Yummy snack if one ends up trying to clean their mouth. Otherwise I don’t really see my ambystoma chase after the shrimp so they last a while... Neocaridina are even breeding..
I agree with GulfCoastAxolotls, you really shouldn't have enough light entering an axolotl tank to be having an algae problem. Axolotls do not need a light above their tanks and should be kept in low lighting because they don't have eyelids to close and protect themselves from light.
The problem with adding other creatures is that either A) the axolotl will eat it or B) the other thing will try to eat the axolotl's gills, which look like food to many other aquatic creatures. In short, axolotls do not need company. You can add all sorts of interesting tank decor for your axolotl to explore/find amusing, but they really are safer without live company.
My worktime colleague told me that he decided to add one large snail to his terrarium, but it was fertilized earlier and began to lay eggs. Therefore, it seems to me that it is better to plant one small one, so that it will already grow in the terrarium itself without other snails.
i highly recommend “buyanaxolotl.com”- ive purchased from them and received a beautiful animal for relatively cheap, in great condition, and excellent shipping precautions. the breeders are a couple living in georgia (i believe, don’t quite remember) and they’re fantastic. sometimes their website contact page doesn’t work, so i’d probably try just emailing them. good luck and happy hunting!
Hi all I'm new here I'm just looking some advise on cycle witch is currently driving me insane . So we are week 8 I'm dosing daily with 4pp of amonia and for the last week has been dropping to zero witch I no is good. But my question is my nitrites are sitting at between 0.50 and 1.0 PM and nitrates are between 10 and 20 and neither of these seem to be dropping. I have done 2 40% water changes a few days ago and no change the only thing I can think of is I didnt use the seachem stability stuff which I have now ordered but surely that shouldn't have much difference this far into cycling
Dropping ammonia with rising nitrate and nitrite is good. It means the nitrifying bacteria is working. You just have to remove the nitrate from the water doing water changes. The level of nitrates is high and the nitrate is also high. The nitrite will be converted to nitrate using the beneficial bacteria and you can add them using quick start or allowing them to naturally grow in the tank. The latter option will take longer. The nitrate can be used by plants, so live plants can decrease the levels, but I would do a water change to get the nitrate at a level that is lower than 5 ppm. 5ppm of nitrate is natural and a good place.