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Hello from Arizona!

Captive Bread

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My name is Caleb and I am a university student closing in on a degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in hydraulics (stuff like piping, culverts, washes, dams...). I had kept aquatic turtles for years but had to give them away during a move years ago, so I have some experience in keeping herps. I am finally at a good spot in life in to care for caudates but I live in a hot state so I wanted to become a member of this forum and seek guidance on whether or not I can feasibly do so, as I have an especially keen interest in aquatic news. If you live somewhere hot, please share your secrets!

I love reading natural history books and am delighted to see a book section on this forum, and that is probably where I will post the most. From time to time, I will have some silly questions to ask (probably regarding keeping aquarium water cool) so I hope y'all don't mind!
 

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My name is Caleb and I am a university student closing in on a degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in hydraulics (stuff like piping, culverts, washes, dams...). I had kept aquatic turtles for years but had to give them away during a move years ago, so I have some experience in keeping herps. I am finally at a good spot in life in to care for caudates but I live in a hot state so I wanted to become a member of this forum and seek guidance on whether or not I can feasibly do so, as I have an especially keen interest in aquatic news. If you live somewhere hot, please share your secrets!

I love reading natural history books and am delighted to see a book section on this forum, and that is probably where I will post the most. From time to time, I will have some silly questions to ask (probably regarding keeping aquarium water cool) so I hope y'all don't mind!
I've been in your boat sir. Question you need to ask your self is..how much am I willing to spend on my electric bill. In Phx, to keep your house below 70 degrees, is gonna be expensive. if you go with an aquatic species a sized up chiller is a must...using frozen water bottles gets old quick and leads to drastic and repeated temp variations. In short, Its possible but you gotta plan for it and it won't be cheap. People will harp that their SRN,Tiger sal, Marbs..etc..all do fine in the mid 70s...they may tolerate it..but I can attest that all my caudates do better at temps below 70... Just my 2 cents, hope it helps.
 
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  • MooncakeMyDudecake:
    Hey can anyone message me real quick about kh and gh measurements, I can't make 2 ends of it 😩 bought to do my water change and I need to know my measurements for adding stuff back in
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  • wolfen:
    @MooncakeMyDudecake, what the issue
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  • MooncakeMyDudecake:
    I can't figure out how to take my readings and the ones I've done I don't know if they're even correct 🤔
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  • wolfen:
    how was the measurements taken, liquid or strip, if its liquid then you count how many drop it takes to change colour, each drop is one degree, if it is strip then you divide the number by 17.9 to get the degree.
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  • Axie4Life:
    hey, my axolotl has bumps on his/her back, is that ok?
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    @Axie4Life, any chance you could post pics on a forum thread so we can see the bumps?
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Should I wash out the spray bottle I just bought for my salamander? Or should I not clean it with soap n shit first becayuse thats adding "chemicals" Just want to be safe/
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  • DinnerTheAxolotl:
    @FragileCorpse, I suggest just rinsing it out with water
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  • Captive Bread:
    @FragileCorpse do you still have the AC? Put the tank where the cold air will hit the glass (I hope its glass, wood and acrylic trap heat), this usually lovers my tank by about 5 to 6 degrees. Also what lid do you use? If its a screen lid then what helps me is to spray extra in the morning so the evaporate can cool the vivarium.
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  • Captive Bread:
    Another thing I am experimenting with is live plants. I want to believe live plants cool it too by moving water but that could just be me having to mist everything extra.
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    Kora has left the room.
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  • MooncakeMyDudecake:
    Helloo can anyone help me out with my kh and gh please? I need to figure it out cause I haven't a clue..
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  • wolfen:
    @MooncakeMyDudecake, what are you having trouble with
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  • FragileCorpse:
    @Captive Bread, Glass tank, screen lid, did put him with AC and temop is great now :)
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Is there such a thing as having your himidity too high with a salamander? Mine seems to fluctuate pretty intensely between 55 and 80 for some reason
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Also I neve got a reply to whether or not my salamander needs any UV light?
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Im keeping potato bugs in a nice moist container, ive got like 30 though and now the containeris poop heaven. Do I need to clean that out? Is that bad for my little buggies? Theyre clearly eating fine based on the trillion billion poops.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    My salamander only seems to eat potato bugs :s
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  • FragileCorpse:
    ...in captivity anyway, this was a wild one that I got fined for, but they never gave me the fine and neve rcame to seize him or my tank and accessories like they said they wold :s
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  • FragileCorpse:
    jesus sorry for typos Im very seizury today
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  • salamandernewbe101:
    dose any one have any tips/tricks for just hatched salamanders/newts
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  • salamandernewbe101:
    @FragileCorpse, Salamanders require a 10-12 hour day light cycle using an incandescent light with low levels of UVB lighting recommended. Never put your tank in direct sunlight, as the sunlight can heat the tank up too much.
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  • Skdecoteau:
    @salamandernewbe101, just hatched will probably need BBS. I highly recommend the Brine Shrimp Hatchery Dish from Brine Shrimp Direct. It's wicked easy. Can be ordered from Amazon, two day if you get the one without eggs & order the eggs separately.
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    Skdecoteau: @salamandernewbe101, just hatched will probably need BBS. I highly recommend the Brine Shrimp... +1
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