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Fire Belly Newt tank

Chinadog

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Your plants look like they are flourishing! What's your secret? (;

I just have PFS (Pool Filter Sand), but I was considering to go dirt on the bottom and cap with PFS, or just do root tabs and PFS. Still debating though
 

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Your plants look like they are flourishing! What's your secret? (;

I just have PFS (Pool Filter Sand), but I was considering to go dirt on the bottom and cap with PFS, or just do root tabs and PFS. Still debating though

Thanks! No secret, I just try to pick easy to grow plants and use the best LED lighting I can afford. After that they seem to thrive on neglect, I just have a good prune/clear out every few months.
The only substrate I ever use is kids play sand from the supermarket, I think it's very similar to pool filter sand. I don't use any kind of fertiliser apart from what the newts produce and I get away with it most of the time, although more demanding plant species might struggle a bit.
 

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I love your tank Chinadog! About how deep would you say your sand is? It looks like a pretty thin layer in the photo.
 

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Thanks! It is very thin with a little more depth at the back for the plants to root in.
I was warned about having a deep layer of sand because toxic gas and bacteria can develop, but I've seen loads of tanks with deep sand working very well, so I guess its just personal preference.
 

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20H C. e. popei tank. Substrate is sand covering about an inch of compost mixed with clay. This picture was taken after hacking away large portions of vallisneria.
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This is fantastic! Such lush greenery, I'm sure the lil buddy enjoys that much cover. Makes me want an aquatic species in the future.
 
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    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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    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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    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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    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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    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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    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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    Where can I get blackworms?
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    Hello I'm wondering if fridging axolotl is necessary when giving it a salt bath? My fridge is unpredictable it just changes from freezing temperature to melting by itself. And driving me crazy. So I would not be keen to put my axie in these because of the sudden temperature changes it may experience. Can I leave him in a clean dechlorinated water tub in some of the room? Would I then need to refrigerate the salt water ? Or would I just keep it in a same room temperature?! I have everything ready for him to get a salt bath but just wanted to check about this fridging before I do ( waited for approval to join the forum:)
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    FYI I noticed a white fluffy strings on his gills yesterday. And looking through the forum and some pictures it looks like fungus .
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