Firebelly natural sunlit tank

yossarian

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  • I never clean this tank just top up the water
  • soil and clayball substrate
  • been running for three years
  • the newts are fine without a lid
  • my cat drinks from it but the newts dont seem to care
  • some plants i took from outside and some i took from my fishtanks that have since gone aereal.
  • sun light only
  • no filter just plants
  • water quality like a clear mountain pond
  • no problems....ever
  • laziest carefree tank ive ever had...no electricity used.
 

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lunarisplendere

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I love all the plants! What's your water level at? It's a little hard for me to tell.
What do feed your newts? I have a bare bottom+sand tank because I worry the live blackworms would work their way into the soil and never be seen again. What do you usually do for feeding? I'd love to have a fully planted tank like this. :)
 
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    Hi guys, I was wondering if I possibly crashed my tanks cycle? I’ve had a cycling tank for months now, changing 25% water weekly. I never had any problem until a few days ago when I did a 50% water change. I did this because the tank was looking extra dirty for some reason and also I siphoned too much water out trying to vacuum the sand. I noticed since that water change, my axolotl has been hiding more, barely eating, and only moving from time to time. I checked the water perimeters and they are .25 ammonia, 0 nitrite and 10 nitrate. I normally have 0 ammonia, I haven’t had above 0 since I was first cycling the tank. Did I make an error or is this just a fluke? What should I do?
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    Im worried about my lil girl, she’s normally fairly active and a pig when it comes to food. Should I tub her until I figure out the tank situation? Am I overreacting lol?
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    Also, she is about a year old. Her tail is perfectly straight and her gills are perky (not curled forward). She’s looking perfectly fine, just acting weird
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    Sorry one more thing, when I changed the water last I removed a few plastic plants that I realized were taking up too much room. Would the removal of the bacteria on the plants mess it up?
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    Maybe, I’m not to sure. I’ve done lots of research when i got my baby axolot. Maybe she is just adjusting to the new tank?
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    Urgent: My nitrates shot up to 80 ppm. I have no idea why and I’m freaking out. Should I put my axolotl in a tub????
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    @Nioa, ok, do you know why it might’ve spiked? I just did a water change a few days ago and tested all the perimeters and it was at 10 nitrate
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