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Axolotls +Co2

Dr. Phil

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Not quite sure what you mean. Are you adding CO2 to the tank to stimulate plant growth? I don't think that would be a good idea! It might stimulate the plant growth but will lower the pH and make for an unhappy axolotl.
If you want real plants in your tank, during the day (or under illumination) they will absorb the CO2 in the water produced by your axolotl and what dissolves in from the air. Plants also help to remove nitrogenous waste produced by axolotls. At night (or in the dark) plants respire just like animals and will deplete the oxygen in the water and release CO2. This should not be a problem if you have adequate filtration/aeration. I personally like to have some live plants in my aquaria. They need to be robust enough to handle the occassional whacking they will get from the animals. As you can see in the image, I've got a plastic plant in addition to some struggling elodea and chara (and a fair bit of algae covering everything). I couldn't help but add a couple of pics of my albino male and 'Cruella' the melanoid.
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CO2 released by the axolotl(s) should be enough for the plants. No need to add more.
Aeration may be good for axolotls but not for the plants because it helps getting rid of CO2. I have none.
With fast-growing plants producing a lt of vegetal matter, Oxygen produced during the day is much more than oxygen consumed by the plants by night.
(with a good ligth of course)
Concerning filtration, I won't give any advice. It's a technical choice to have one or not. I have none.
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My tank, in my garage.
The current temperature is 14°C. It can vary from 4 to 22°C between winter and summer.
The higher the temperature, the lesser oxygen you have in the water.
 

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Thanks.
I began with only Egeria densa, hornwort and Lemna minor.
I added Bacopa caroliniana and Alternanthera reinecki when I saw the plants growing well and the axolotls Ok. Axolotls enrich the soil (river sand).
The last plant introduced was Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae.
 
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  • melon:
    I think it is always best to get them out asap but probably two days or so.
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    its around 3 small pieces in the tank. Since i've just moved homes, my axolotl is still at my old house. Yesterday i fed him bloodworms and he missed a few. I couldnt get them out without a turkey baster and decided to let them sit because i was gonna move him to the house tomorrow. But now its late and I dont have a car and my dad wont drive me. Will he be fine?
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  • melon:
    I would think so i would just try to get them out tomorrow
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    So my axolotl tank cycle just crashed and while i was in the middle of a water change my bucket overflowed and spilled water all of the ground in my brand new home. This is going super well 👍
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    ooff
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    good luck recycling the tank!
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    do the classifieds still exist?
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    nevermind! off my game tonight
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    Im so frustrated right now. My axolotl WONT eat and my tank still isnt looking too good. Some extra stress i needed.
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  • John:
    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    No, I havent. Im not really sure why he wont eat. Hes in a 1 gallon tub and still a juvenile. When i offer food he swims away from it. Does he need some extra time? or is this something I should be worried about.
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  • JulMl:
    Hello everyone! I’m new in this world and i need some advices please! I have 2 axolotl babies and currently the water from the tank is from bottled water ( all parameters are good) but i want to change 50% of the water with city tap water. My question is how to change it? Do i need to get axis out, do the change, add the prime, wait (how much?) until its dechlorinated or i can add the tap water directly into the tank with axis in it, and add the prime conditioner? Thank you!!
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    1. You dont need to take them out of the tank to change the water as long as you pour it in slow as to not rattle them around too much
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    2. add the prime to your tap water, for most conditioners the consensus is 5 minutes of waiting time
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    3.After 5 minutes it should be safe to add
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    Thank you so much !!
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    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Where can I get blackworms?
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    Does anyone know someone who can ship axolotls to hawaii? I recently did a water change and my axolotl died and there are no axos for sale right now.
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