Central Newt 40 gallon breeder setup

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I finally got around to upgrading my central newts from thier small tanks and merged them into a 40 gallon breeder. I used a glass divider to make the land section which is 9inches by 18 inches. The tank has 7 nvl's from a Northern Wisconsin locality and a 1:1 pair of nvl's from a Louisiana locality. The Wisconsin locality are newts I raised from eggs and I recently aquired the Louisiana locality this summer. Five of the seven WI notos are aquatic or semiaquatic and I have two efts left. The aquatic WI notos have reached a length of 2.4-3inches in a little over a year. The adults I found in WI were only 3.5inches at most so I consider them young adults. The efts are a 2-2.5 inches and probably will go aquatic by spring. The LA locality are 4.5-5inches long and not as bold as my captive hatched WI locality. This isnt suprizing since they are ltc newts and not captive hatched or captive bred. They are all feeding on whiteworms, bloodworms, and chopped earthworms. Enough talking, here are some pics!
 

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Some more pictures:
 

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I can see you really took the time to make your 40 gallon on point. The division of the tank is amazing I must say! Great looking newts by the way, I'm impressed!
 

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I couldn't agree with Jaymes more! You can tell you had a vision and you implemented perfectly. The setup and the newts look amazing. Like a slice right out of nature. Amazing job!

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Thanks guys! I love this species and I really hope they breed for me in this setup. I like the fifth picture in the first post, thats when one of the WI males came in contact with the LA male. They checked each other out and went on thier seperate ways.
 

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Nice work, AJ. Is that a hinged screen lid? If so where did you get it? I couldn't find one when i was setting up my 40-br.
 

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It is hinged lid. I bought the tank and lid at petco. I caught the dollar a gallon sale and couldnt say no!
 

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I ran a want ad on KS a few years ago looking for 36 X 18 hinged screen covers. Hopefully they are becoming available again. Also, like the others have already mentioned that is a nice looking tank.
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Lovely, AJ.
If there was such a thing as the one dollar a gallon here, i´d be neck deep in tanks O_O That is ridiculously cheap for european standards xDD
 

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I can see you really took the time to make your 40 gallon on point. The division of the tank is amazing I must say! Great looking newts by the way, I'm impressed!

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Will the land area be needed when the efts mature?
 
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    Hi, Im fairly new to keeping axolotls. I have to lil buddies that I got a few months back. They were doing fine, up until a month ago when one got fungus in his gills. Took him out to fridge him, then the other guy got it too. I'm currently fridging both and doing salt baths for one (not enough fridge space to keep that much pretreated water for both at the same time). Its been hard to tell if its helping or not and then about a week and half ago one of my axies had a bunch of weird white goop in the water. I immediately changed it, happened a tiny bit again, then seemed to be okay. I had returned him to the tank, but it happened again. Back to the fridge but wanted hear from people who knew more
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    I have pictures. Tried looking through other peoples questions, but couldnt find the same white goop.
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    @Kailynom My cousin (who i got my baby axies from) had the same problem. She developed an allergy to the bloodworms she was feeding them and it got really bad. To the point where her throat would close up just being around the bloodworms. Happened within a few months. Be safe :)
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    @MadamePirateOwl Fridging is best left to life-or-death situations, and salt baths are unnecessarily harsh, stressful, and abrasive. I'd suggest doing tea baths instead (using caffeinated black tea, where the only ingredient is black tea).
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    so no idea what the goop is?
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  • madcaplaughs:
    Hard to tell without a photo, but might be algae or fungus floating. Water changes will take care of that.
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    It definitely came from the axolotl. Looked to be mixed into poo the first time. Can I post the photos here?
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    Im not actually sure how i would post it. It seems to want a link
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    Its fairly thick and chunky
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    (Also thanks for your patience and help!)
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    You could always upload the photo to imgur and link it back here
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    The second image was how it looked the first time, it was mixed with some other poop like stuff. after that its been small and without the poopy stuff
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  • madcaplaughs:
    The second photo looks reminiscent of partially-digested worms, though I've never seen anything like that. Have you checked your parameters lately?
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    Right now theyre in smaller tubs that i do daily water changes in
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    I'll admit Ive bought test strips but they havent come in yet
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    I use Prime to dechlorinate the water, which was recommend by the girl I got them from
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    For now I'd tub the axolotl and do daily 100% water changes until you're able to test your parameters
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    I'd also recommend ordering a liquid test kit such as the API Freshwater Master Test Kit since strips are generally unreliable and inaccurate.
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    Okay, thank you for your help and advice :)
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