This is one of my favorite Hynobiids and I'd never seen an adult (other than in pics) until yesterday, so it was quite a thrill
The adult pictured above, however, doesn't look like the ones I'd had in mind, which are purplish with yellow spots as in the link below. I've just read that H.kimurae and H.naevius (Buchi Salamander? Spotted Salamander?) are sometimes confused...and there are significant regional variations of each.
Help!! My nitrates won’t go up! They are at 0ppm and so is my ammonia and nitrites. Can I put my axolotl in the tank without the nitrates or does the axolotl need them? If not how do I get my nitrates up?