Question: Is my planned aquarium set up adequate?

Gcalberto

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Hello,

I am planning on using my planted aquarium (housing currently only malawa shrimp, which I don't mind if they get eaten, though I am hoping they are able to hide and reproduce at a similar rate that they get eaten) to house axolotls.

This aquarium is 100X40X50cm and has 200l (39,97 inches long 19,685 inches high and 15,748 inches wide, with 52,834 US Gal).

Where I live gets over 30C (86F) on a regular basis, but I did get a chiller from a friend, which I plan on using.

My aquarium has CO2 injection and a (fine) substrate for planted aquariums. It also has carpet plants, which cover most of it.

To counter the PH lowering effect CO2 injection has, I bought a couple rocks that naturally elevate the PH, and they seem to be working just fine. My tapwater PH is 7.6 most of the time and the PH in the aquarium never seems to go under 7.2 or so

My plan is to put 4 axolotls in this tank, and keep the temperature at 22C (71,6F). I would also like to add a few mollies, so that the axolotls have something to hunt from time to time (their fry).

Do you think I have a solid plan? Is my temperature, although close to the upper limit tolerated by axolotls, adequate to keep them in the long term? Is my tank big enough for 4 fully grown axolotls?
If I ever see any nipping behavior from the mollies, I would immediately remove them.
 

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Roaming parameters of 12x30in per axolotl is nice for them, temp. should be between 65-72 degrees farenheit, although they can handle, at the safest; 78 degrees farenheit. To prevent nipping, keep them well fed, although adults typically don't attack each other.

My question to you is how to you post to this list, because I need help with a sick axolotl and I'm not sure how people put their posts up...
 
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    Great! I'll use some of those too. Thanks for the help. :)
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    So everywhere talks about testing your water parameters but I can't find what to do it there aren't right?! Like too low not too high, anybody any ideas?
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    It’s very dry in Colorado. I make sure to spritz every night so while I’m sleeping. I have a nifty hydrometer that I got from Walmart. It tells me blue, green, red; too little humid, good, too much respectively. It’s been helpful to me.
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    It tells me temperature AND humidity.
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    Where'd you get that? Or is it just a combo from petsmart or something?
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    I’m pretty sure I got it at a Walmart.
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    I just looked it up to see if I can find it again. It’s actually a hyGROmeter and temperature. Which measures the dew point. Here is the difference between due point and humidity. https://www.weather.gov/arx/why_dewpoint_vs_humidityYou can calculate Th relative
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    the relative humidity using the dew point measurement.
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    Here is the product I purchased:
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    it has a stand. And I had a spare suction from my filter. So it’s on the wall of my Sal’s enclosure.
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    That’s a pic of it in the enclosure.
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    Nice! Also, from what I can see you have an amazing setup! What species?
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    S. S. Gigliolli
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    Ooo nice!
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    Thank you! I tried to share the video but unsuccessful. You can see it on my IG story @jnerdx
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    Cool! I just have a tiger and a long tail, who we are trying to find as he ESCAPED INTO MY ROOM!
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    Hey y'all, recently my juvenile axolotl's tail has been floating and can swim down but his tail lifts to an angle and I believe that it is stressing him out. He gets in between his plants to balance himself and I am cleaning out the bottom of the tank with my baster. I believe I overfed him and he also may have eaten many air bubbles. He's been like this for nearly 1 1/2 days.
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    What would be the best thing to do ?
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    Hey, does anyone know if hot glue is fine to glue rocks together?
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    Should be. Hot glue is good when dry I believe, just don't let it get too hot and you should be good. Most super glues are good as well just watch out for flume warnings
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    Ok, thanks! I am going to glue together the shale I mentioned.
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