Alpine round up

xxianxx

Well-known member
Joined
May 19, 2011
Messages
2,571
Reaction score
59
Points
48
Location
South Wales, Gwent
Country
Wales
Display Name
nai live
Just rounded up this year's alpines from their tub. Earlier in the year I dropped 60ish larvae into an aged tub in my garden. It is just left to lie fallow all year, I throw a few pellets in there to feed the inverts every few weeks, it's loaded with snails, daphnia, mozzy larvae , hog lice and blackworm. Elodea, duckweed and algae are the plants in there. I collected 32 alpines, all in good health and some near to morphing, will pull them earlier next year as I don't want them bailing. I consistently get a 50% survival rate, the smaller larvae get cannibalised, a few get predated on by water bugs but they grow bigger and faster this way than raising them indoors. I'm aiming for quality over quantity and this low effort raising does the job. All I do is monitor the food supply and add extra as it runs low, mske sure rain doesn't overflow the tub, remove any predatory bugs I spot, check water quality which is always good but I do it anyway.
 

Attachments

xxianxx

Well-known member
Joined
May 19, 2011
Messages
2,571
Reaction score
59
Points
48
Location
South Wales, Gwent
Country
Wales
Display Name
nai live
On a much smaller scale I raised my only T.cristatus of the year the same way, it was my colonies first breeding year, I only got one good egg but I count this as a success as im a glass half full kind of guy. Same as the alpines, aged water, plants, add bugs, ignore mostly. It's not far off morphing so will be going into a secure tank so it doesn't run away
 

Attachments

Last edited:

xxianxx

Well-known member
Joined
May 19, 2011
Messages
2,571
Reaction score
59
Points
48
Location
South Wales, Gwent
Country
Wales
Display Name
nai live
The alpines are safely locked up in a viv. Care is the same as before, add food and not much else, though I can watch them more easily in the viv now. Once they start hanging about on the log I will put them in a terrestrial setup.
 

Attachments

shnabo

New member
Joined
Jun 28, 2016
Messages
123
Reaction score
3
Points
0
Location
Toronto
Country
Canada
I really like that idea, seems pretty effortless once you get it going. I raise my larvae without water changes as well and it has worked better for me, whenever I do the water change bit I start to lose things.
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • k.em:
    hello Anyone can sell tylototriton?
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    Matt Edgar has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • einarrito:
    I have a siren that has 2 white spots on it, wondering g if anyone could help
    +1
    Unlike
  • Crystal:
    I am looking for some help in any sick salamander care
    +1
    Unlike
  • tduzz:
    I have an old axolotl free to a good home in MA
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    Cordealia has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • ChocoUniversa:
    Hello?
    +1
    Unlike
  • ChocoUniversa:
    Why am I here
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    ChocoUniversa has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    ChocoUniversa has joined the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • ChocoUniversa:
    Does anyone have anything on how to cycle an axolotl tank before getting the axolotl?
    +1
    Unlike
  • ChocoUniversa:
    Why is there a red 2 next to the room
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    ChocoUniversa has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • ellarose:
    +1
    Unlike
  • ellarose:
    Go to the fishless cycle tab :)
    +1
    Unlike
  • MidgetMan:
    @tduzz, where do you live? Like roughly. What country are you in?
    +1
    Unlike
  • tduzz:
    @MidgetMan, Massachusetts but I can give anywhere in the new England area
    +1
    Unlike
  • AMurry24537:
    @ChocoUniversa, Buy some ammonia and an eyedropper from Walmart and a water test kit for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. Figure out (through testing) how many drops it will take to get the ammonia level to the test's maximum measurement. Add that same number of drops every 24 hours. Eventually, the ammonia will start to go down as it's converted to nitrites. Keep adding ammonia. The nitrite levels will spike for a while and then they too will start to go down as they convert to nitrates. These you get rid of by doing water changes, which you should be doing anyway throughout the process. Once all of these are at low levels, your aquarium is ready. It takes about a month, maybe two (mine took a month and a half). Be sure to add ammonia until the day of or the day before you add your axolotl.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Kmia_13:
    Hey guys, this is my first time using this so bear with me. I have an adult axie who looks like he’s developed some fungus on gills. It’s still really small and only on one part. I put him in a 10 gal quarantine tank with an Indian almond leaf. I want to give him a black tea bath but not sure if I can add my black tea to the tank with the Indian almond leaf in there. Any advice?
    +1
    Unlike
  • Gillygills:
    Hi, My axolotl has just started morphing, but has some fungal spot behind the gill.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Gillygills:
    Should I fridge therapy and salt wash? or will this not be wise when she is morphing.
    +1
    Unlike
  • BChen3695:
    Need help identifying what’s wrong with my axolotl
    +1
    Unlike
  • Unlike
  • Unlike
  • madcaplaughs:
    @BChen3695, what are your parameters and temp? The fact that they're raised bumps could indicate fungus or bacterial infection.
    +2
    Unlike
    madcaplaughs: @BChen3695, what are your parameters and temp? The fact that they're raised bumps could indicate... +2
    Top