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Open Top Paludarium help

Omar23

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Hello, I recently bought this penplax “aquaterrium” because I had a vision for a nice waterfall paludarium. The picture im posting is what it looks like except I IMMEDIATELY removed all that plastic which takes up too much space. I watch serpadesign on youtube so im going for something more natural with a lot of black lava rock, drift wood, terrestrial plants and aquatic plants!
I have done my research thanks to this website and the 12x13 inch floor space should work for just one chinese FBN or one fire belly toad. The reason im posting this is: is it possible at all to have either of these species in an open top with no lid? It would be kind of difficult trying to fit a lid on curved glass, and there would be a rock waterfall i would somehow have to cover. A lid is a no-go. What could i do to make this work?
Im looking for constructive feedback please not just dismissal.
 
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  • FragileCorpse:
    @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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  • 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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  • SamAxolotl:
    @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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    salamandernewbe101: @FragileCorpse, Salamanders require a 10-12 hour day light cycle using an incandescent light... +1
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