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Hello everyone, I'm from Nashville, TN USA. I have not owned a salamander yet but I'm in the process of researching to get an axolotl. I like newts also and would be interesting in learning more about newts and salamanders to maybe get other ones in the future.. I'm also trying to get a small tank going for some orange neocaridinia shrimp and ramshorn snails. I'm new to the hobby though and trying to not bite off more than I can chew but might be too late already lol
 

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Hello everyone, I'm from Nashville, TN USA. I have not owned a salamander yet but I'm in the process of researching to get an axolotl. I like newts also and would be interesting in learning more about newts and salamanders to maybe get other ones in the future.. I'm also trying to get a small tank going for some orange neocaridinia shrimp and ramshorn snails. I'm new to the hobby though and trying to not bite off more than I can chew but might be too late already lol
Welcome! I'm in Chattanooga. You're wise to do your research. I have some axolotl babies right now if you decide to go that way.
 

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I'm a long-time fan and keeper of newts and salamanders. My current newt is over 17 years old, and my last two lived to over 35 years old. But for me, even though I did my research ahead, the reality of axolotl care was an eye-opening experience.

I raised one axolotl from a baby, and then got a second one as soon as the first one was big enough to spot gender. I did love them very much - they are goofy, endearing and fascinating pets. And I was able to keep them healthy and well fed, and navigate some minor health problems (fungus outbreaks, mostly) successfully.

BUT. For me the tank maintenance was just too much. Newts and salamanders take a lot of care and maintenance too of course, but for me they're a better overall fit. I was able to find a really good home for my two axolotl boys, and I miss them, but I don't miss the constant stress of testing and water changes to make sure they had optimum conditions.

All that said, you may really enjoy having axolotls - the family that has my axies now is over the moon to have them - and this forum is a great place to get advice and information. Just sharing my experience.
 

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Welcome! I'm in Chattanooga. You're wise to do your research. I have some axolotl babies right now if you decide to go that way.
Thanks for the welcome! I appreciate the offer. I ended up getting one from a nearby breeder and she's been doing great. :)
 

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I'm a long-time fan and keeper of newts and salamanders. My current newt is over 17 years old, and my last two lived to over 35 years old. But for me, even though I did my research ahead, the reality of axolotl care was an eye-opening experience.

I raised one axolotl from a baby, and then got a second one as soon as the first one was big enough to spot gender. I did love them very much - they are goofy, endearing and fascinating pets. And I was able to keep them healthy and well fed, and navigate some minor health problems (fungus outbreaks, mostly) successfully.

BUT. For me the tank maintenance was just too much. Newts and salamanders take a lot of care and maintenance too of course, but for me they're a better overall fit. I was able to find a really good home for my two axolotl boys, and I miss them, but I don't miss the constant stress of testing and water changes to make sure they had optimum conditions.

All that said, you may really enjoy having axolotls - the family that has my axies now is over the moon to have them - and this forum is a great place to get advice and information. Just sharing my experience.
Yeah i'm still adjusting to the water changes and such but i think it's going really well so far! Thanks for sharing your experience. I am researching fire belly newts now since i'm interested in restarting my 10gal that had shrimp in it to be for fire belly newts instead now. how did you find it suit you better if you don't mind sharing? It seems really similar so far aside from the added land area.
 

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Hello everyone, I'm from Nashville, TN USA. I have not owned a salamander yet but I'm in the process of researching to get an axolotl. I like newts also and would be interesting in learning more about newts and salamanders to maybe get other ones in the future.. I'm also trying to get a small tank going for some orange neocaridinia shrimp and ramshorn snails. I'm new to the hobby though and trying to not bite off more than I can chew but might be too late already lol
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Hi, how are you doing? Already the happy owner of the salamander?
I'm a newbie too.
At this time I only have an aquarium with fishes )))) But I really want some salamanders
I try to study the topic as much as possible to be prepared before buying
 
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Hi, how are you doing? Already the happy owner of the salamander?
I'm a newbie too.
At this time I only have an aquarium with fishes )))) But I really want some salamanders
I try to study the topic as much as possible to be prepared before buying
thats good! i'm doing great just enjoying the hobby so far :) what kind of fish do you got? yes i have an axolotl for a couple months now shes about 7 inches long. so far i have one nano fish (scarlet badis) in a 10gal.
 
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    @SamAxolotl, So I have been looking but I guess id just feel better if I knew I was talking to like, an expert or somrthing I guess. Thank you though I appreciate that
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Guys, my house is too hot, the salamander cage is sitting at 73 degrees and I know 75 can kill them. WTF DO I DO. Im in a tin damn can of a house that boils int he summer. We didnt know. First summer here. We have AC in ONE room, terribly sealed rokm though. Is that all I can do? Move the tank to my parnets room for now?
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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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    @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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    @FragileCorpse, I suggest just rinsing it out with water
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    @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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    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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  • 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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    @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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    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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    jesus sorry for typos Im very seizury today
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    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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    salamandernewbe101: @FragileCorpse, Salamanders require a 10-12 hour day light cycle using an incandescent light... +1
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