Caudata.org: Newts and Salamanders Portal

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!
Did you know that registered users see fewer ads? Register today!

Axolotl tank too cold for Nymphaea cerulea?

rhotle

New member
Joined
Mar 23, 2017
Messages
24
Reaction score
1
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio
My tank bounces from 60-63F all year and gets about 12 hours of non-harsh light everyday. I also use tetra "plant food" and API CO2 in all my tanks to ensure the plants thrive. My tank is fairly densely planted, and the other plants seem to be doing really well.

Anyway, I love lotus tea and lotus flowers in general (especially Nymphaea cerulea), and on a whim decided to order some seeds online. They seemed to be doing really well when they first started growing, and still are I think, but now some of the stems are turning brown? It almost looks like they are getting woody, and they aren't turning brown from the ends of the stems and then going inward like I'm used to seeing with other wilting plants. They've been in the tank from approximately 2 months, and I just noticed some more shoots sprouting up today. Are the browning stems something I should prune, or should I not worry about them at all? Thanks.
 

rhotle

New member
Joined
Mar 23, 2017
Messages
24
Reaction score
1
Location
Cincinnati, Ohio
My tank bounces from 60-63F all year and gets about 12 hours of non-harsh light everyday. I also use tetra "plant food" and API CO2 in all my tanks to ensure the plants thrive. My tank is fairly densely planted, and the other plants seem to be doing really well.

Anyway, I love lotus tea and lotus flowers in general (especially Nymphaea cerulea), and on a whim decided to order some seeds online. They seemed to be doing really well when they first started growing, and still are I think, but now some of the stems are turning brown? It almost looks like they are getting woody, and they aren't turning brown from the ends of the stems and then going inward like I'm used to seeing with other wilting plants. They've been in the tank from approximately 2 months, and I just noticed some more shoots sprouting up today. Are the browning stems something I should prune, or should I not worry about them at all? Thanks.

Decided I should I add some photos. The long, slender stalks are the stems of the Nymphaea cerulea. I pruned one last week and it was definitely dying. I've been trying to find more info on cultivating lotus, but haven't had a ton of luck regarding specific temperature information. Any other/better places I could post this question?
open
 

aalysaz

Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2017
Messages
52
Reaction score
0
Location
New York, USA
I'm not an expert in aquatic plants, but I think some plants (like lavender, for instance) do tend to get woody during the winter, or when it has grown to its maturity, and I think you should be fine.
 

michael

2010 Research Grant Donor
Joined
Apr 12, 2003
Messages
3,340
Reaction score
115
Location
Ephrata,Pa
A tropical water lily needs lots of high intensity light and warm water. You might get them to live in an aquarium but they will not thrive. The common name for N. cerula is blue lotus. It is not a lotus it is a water lily.
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • Jokerjay:
    My son and I have been looking for a water dog/tiger salamander for quite some time now with no luck has anybody know how or where to find any
    +1
    Unlike
  • Jokerjay:
    @axolotl nerd, where can I find waterdogs or tiger salamanders my son has wanted one for a long time and I've been searching high and low with no luck
    +1
    Unlike
  • xxianxx:
    @Jokerjay, its a good idea to tell people where you are from. This is an international group. I have eastern tigers, im in the uk.
    +1
    Unlike
  • axolotl nerd:
    @Jokerjay, as in water dogs do you mean axolotls? i suggest very heavy research and a fully cycled tank before even considering purchasing one
    +1
    Unlike
  • bearbear_13:
    Axolotls are amazing until they get sick and then they’re a pain in the backside to treat - I recently lost two axolotls due to unknown causes
    +1
    Unlike
  • KonaGoldAquatics:
    Anyone from the us? Looking for at least one or two axolotls for me and my son to have our own at-home project together.
    +1
    Unlike
  • axolotl nerd:
    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!
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    do those aquarium fans work well for axolotls
    +1
    Unlike
  • Sheryl Fraser:
    My little guy got stuck in the filter yesterday. His back leg is red. Will this heal
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    Z-One has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • KonaGoldAquatics:
    Any recommendations on a water chiller for a 10gallon but will work for a 20gal when I decide to upgrade?
    +1
    Unlike
  • Tinc Tank:
    Anybody working with and breeding Salamandra salamandra salamandra?
    +2
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    heh
    +1
    Unlike
  • Alexmcc:
    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
    +1
    Unlike
  • ytz13513:
    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.
    +1
    Unlike
  • EvankingM:
    New here. hope this is the right place to post my question. I had 27 axolotyls aged 2-3 months old. main food has been finely chopped up bloodworms. no problems. I decided to introduce earthworms from my earthworm compost bin for variety. I finely chopped up 4 small earthworms and fed them to the babies. Within an hour 20 of the babies were dead. The remaining 7 (the smaller babies) survived and are now fine on bloodworms. Any ideas why the chopped up earthworms killed many of the babies?
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    Lyv3wyr3 has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    oh wow this place got a makeover
    +1
    Unlike
  • John:
    Yeah baby!
    CalculatingEducatedKingfisher-size_restricted.gif
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    John has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    John has joined the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Bellabelloo:
    Looks really good. 😊
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    i agree
    +1
    Unlike
  • BrodieBAxolotls:
    love the new look
    +1
    Unlike
  • noahc808:
    does anyone know if fairy shrimp are good to use with axolotls?
    +1
    Unlike
    noahc808: does anyone know if fairy shrimp are good to use with axolotls? +1
    Top