My Outdoor Enclosure (Picture Heavy)

Sean Brady

New member
Joined
Jun 27, 2009
Messages
29
Reaction score
2
Points
0
Location
Upstate New York
Country
United States
Display Name
Sean Brady
Yesterday and earlier today, I was working on an outdoor enclosure for A. maculatum, A. laterale, and five D. fuscus. I've finished the D. fuscus section of the enclosure and I am in the midst of working on the section for the others.

This is after I had laid out the concrete blocks on a screen:
sean-brady-albums-my-outdoor-enclosure-picture15784-img-1518.jpg


This is the D. fuscus section of the enclosure. I recreated a trickling spring like the one I found this species in. I placed a gutter splash block on sloped land. The orange object is a paint bucket with holes drilled in the top. There is a pump in the bucket which is filled with water to continuously pump water up and over the splash block:
sean-brady-albums-my-outdoor-enclosure-picture15786-img-1521.jpg


The spring after adding rocks and leaves over the paint bucket lid and some moss around the hose(I retrieved this moss from a trip to the Adirondacks to do some canoeing and it had been sitting in a bucket for almost two years.
sean-brady-albums-my-outdoor-enclosure-picture15788-img-1523.jpg


The spring after covering it in more leaves and moss and adding some moss-covered rocks:
sean-brady-albums-my-outdoor-enclosure-picture15789-img-1565.jpg


The entire enclosure so far:
sean-brady-albums-my-outdoor-enclosure-picture15790-img-1569.jpg


Also, I was wondering how low of a temperature the A. maculatum and A. laterale can tolerate. It's going to go down into the low 40's the next couple nights here and I don't have much debris for them yet.
 

crossmyheart

New member
Joined
May 17, 2011
Messages
25
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Country
United States
Display Name
Rachel
i am jealous ;)
good job
 

jstedman1

New member
Joined
Jul 17, 2011
Messages
24
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Country
United States
Display Name
Justin
This...is...so...awesome! Very nice! What's the climate like in the area you're in? It looks nice so far. I'd imagine you could build a "roof" to prevent excess water and possible flooding because it doesn't seem like water can escape if it builds up, that might also help out with the cold if it rains at night. As I typed this I keep contradicting myself...so, maybe you should take an area (say one corner) and build a "room" of which the salamanders can go in and out as they please and have a small heating lamp in there with dens and a rain/snowless environment. It kinda looks like the dirt is compacted, is that their substrate? Maybe add some plants to assist in recycling waste, as well as removing some water build up and providing possible shade. Very nice so far!
 

jstedman1

New member
Joined
Jul 17, 2011
Messages
24
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Country
United States
Display Name
Justin
I have a quick question. Where did you get the water pump thing? I'm trying to find one to do something similar to that in my 20 gallon long tank. maybe a smaller version would be cool too. If anyone knows could you send me a message or email me at; jstedman89@gmail.com
 

SkinksGalore77

New member
Joined
Nov 24, 2011
Messages
30
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Country
United States
Sean, Yes spotted salamanders and blue spotted salamanders can both tolerate temperatures in the low 40's. Actually they can tolerate even lower temps than that. I have my spotted salamander's cage in a room in my house with the window open all the time to recreate nature as best I can and it has gotten below freezing and she has been fine. But if its going to get that cold you will need to provide burrow's and lots of hiding places for them so they can thermoregulate or else they might freeze. Good luck
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • maddyb9903:
    Hello guys! I was wondering about nitrates in an axolotl tank. If there are 0 nitrates, will that harm the axolotl?
    +1
    Unlike
  • AMurry24537:
    0 nitrates doesn't sound dangerous, but it does sound very unlikely if the tank is fully cycled. Are you positive you're performing the test correctly? If you're using the API one, that is by far the trickiest test to do right. If the reading is correct, I would guess that either your tank is not cycled, you just did like a 100% water change, or that you have plants sucking up the nitrates, but even those shouldn't leave you with 0.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Dragonfire:
    0 is fine unless the tank isn't cycled. Most tanks definitely won't run at 0, but I've had fast growing emergent plants drop nutrients so low that other plants like floaters were choked out and began dying so it isn't impossible. Some less sensitive kits may read 0 but they are just not precise enough to give an accurate low level reading too.
    +1
    Unlike
  • GabbyGums:
    Hey Yall my Axolotl has this like tail thats like a dent on the top, I was told it was meant stress but idk whats stressing out my Axolotl. The plants recently gotten moved since they were falling apart but like she's been eating/pooping fine and the temp and water tests are good for the Axolotl. So I don't really know whats causing her to be stress. Does anyone know anything?
    +1
    Unlike
  • AMurry24537:
    Post a picture of the dent (in the "Sick Axolotl" thread) please
    +2
    Unlike
  • GabbyGums:
    How do I do that? Im new to this website
    +1
    Unlike
  • GabbyGums:
    nvm I found ot
    +1
    Unlike
  • GabbyGums:
    *it
    +1
    Unlike
  • GabbyGums:
    did it
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    SalamanderNick has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Skeemloc:
    Hey are any still available?
    +1
    Unlike
  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Hey guys! I’m having an issue with my filter and was hoping for some suggestions. I use an aqua clear 20-50 gallon filter for my 20 gallon axolotl tank. It has worked great since I got it back in December! Recently though, I’ve noticed the flow of the water has turned into more of an intense trickle than a constant flow (if that makes any sense?) I thought it may be something was stuck in the filter or maybe the sponge needed to be swished around in tank water, so I did both of these and it still trickles. It’s a very strong trickle, so the tank is still getting good filtration. It is just so loud and I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else and if there’s a way to fix it?
    +1
    Unlike
  • AMurry24537:
    Hmm, I don't know much about those filters, and I'm having trouble picturing what you mean, but could it be simply that your filtration media is arranged in a different way? Or maybe you're losing water content to evaporation? Just throwing out ideas. 😁 Again, I don't really know much about that kind of filter
    +1
    Unlike
  • CrazyForLotls:
    Hello all. My male axolotl's cloaca hasn't been looking quite right for 13 days. When I first noticed it, I immediately checked the temperature of his tank and it was around 70-71. Way too warm for him, so I took him out and have had him tubbed in the basement ever since. The temperature of his water is now 64-65. The issue seems to be that one 'half' of his cloaca is flared out and has white fuzzy stuff on it. It almost looks like a bunch of little white spikes of hair. Only one half is this way. Sometimes said half is flared out almost all the way, and other times it's almost completely back inside of him. I had him in tea baths overnight for probably five days, and then a solid 24 hours of mild tea for around three days. I don't remember exactly, my apologies.
    +1
    Unlike
  • CrazyForLotls:
    Since it was looking better (not flared out so I couldn't tell if it was still fuzzy) I put him back in plain, dechlorinated water. He gets daily water changes, always dechlorinated. The tea I used was plain black tea. The brand was Lipton and it came in a large box, purchased from the grocery store. Does anybody know what this could be? I found a couple old threads with a similar issue, but nobody ever replied to them. I can post a thread if you'd like some pictures, but they aren't very good. My camera was having trouble focusing and my axolotl kept moving.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Audrey22:
    Hey guys! Just made a post asking for help with an injured eastern newt. I could really use some help. if you would read it, I would really appreciate 🙏😌
    +1
    Unlike
  • Nexbane:
    @Audrey22, A salt bath *might* be a good idea, but I have never heard of them used for anything but axolotls. I would think as simplistic of a setup as possible would be best. Are you a member of the newts & salamanders group on facebook? You might have better luck getting more information quickly there! lots of the same members as here.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Audrey22:
    Ok ill on Facebook too. Thanks. I've heard tea or salt and also neosporin. Do axolots breathe and absorb through their skin like sallies? Thats what I'm afraid of. Because I don't want them to absorb salt if that will hurt them. Anyways, I'll look at Facebook too
    +2
    Unlike
  • gulickje:
    I need guidance… my lotls been struggling. How do i tell if theres anything noticably wrong woth Trudeau? I dont see a way to post a pic here. Hes got like a pinkish spine like down back but everything else looks normal i think. Trixie( my MEL) has been pretty good i think. Both in same tank. Eat same food etc.
    +1
    Unlike
  • CrazyForLotls:
    @gulickje, could you make a thread in the sick axolotls section? You can put pictures there and it's easier for multiple people with axolotl knowledge to help you out. For now, we can't do much without seeing it and asking lots of questions. What is the water temperature? What's the tank like? (substrate, water conditions, any sharp decorations?) What are your water parameters? Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, etc.
    +1
    Unlike
  • JasPinturas:
    Hello... I was wondering if someone could please check out the thread I posted, I’m genuinely concerned for my Axolotl.
    +1
    Unlike
  • JasPinturas:
    It’s under the axolotl section “ baby axolotl broken fingers ? “
    +1
    Unlike
  • tammyaxie:
    I saw it. It looks like the axie may have regrown those fingers after being nipped and they grew weird
    +1
    Unlike
  • JasPinturas:
    Thank you for responding. His fingers were fine the day before I used the net, his fingers were perfectly fine and I don’t have any other axies so I knew he definitely he wasn’t nipped
    +1
    Unlike
  • JasPinturas:
    When I noticed his little fingers were split, after I used the net
    +1
    Unlike
    JasPinturas: When I noticed his little fingers were split, after I used the net +1
    Top