Outdoor setup in Scotland (lots of pics)

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Here it is. Should be fairly self-explanatory.

This big tank doesn't have any caudates in it, and I'm just using it as a giant daphnia culture at the moment. I might use it for something large and territorial, or just fill it with hundreds and hundreds of something smaller:

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Each of these tanks is 3ft by 1.5ft. I got 50 of them at £12 each from a guy who got them second-hand from a commercial fish breeder. I'm planning to get more soon.

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I have axolotls in the pond and the pondquarium in this picture. The pondquarium had a leak, which I've hopefully fixed, but I haven't refilled it yet. There's still plenty of room for the axolotls though, since it goes down to a good depth below ground and that leak was at the bottom corner of one of the panels, where the ground had subsided and pulled the liner away:

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Time will tell if I put enough concrete under these shelves to prevent them from slowly sinking into the ground:

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As you can see, I'm incredibly neat and tidy in everything I do:

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About half the tanks are empty, waiting for things to fill them:

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Those newspapers will eventually be converted to newts and salamanders, via an intermediate stage in which they're converted into worms in my compost bins:

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An air distribution manifold. It's connected to a garden hose with liberal amounts of hot-melt glue, and the hose is connected at the other end to a large air pump in the garage:

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A closeup of one of the tanks. This one has banded newt juveniles in it:

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If you let me live in your garden i promise to help and keep the cats away.
 

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That's quite a set up. My condo association would completely freak out if I did that outside:D
 

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Always nice to see an obsessive at work ! Somebody else's collection I can point to when my wife is whinging about the number of tanks I have, it may shut her up for a bit.
 

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If you let me live in your garden i promise to help and keep the cats away.

Will you defend the whiteworm cultures in the garage from the mice, too? You can have a guard tiger salamander to help you.
 

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You are nuts...looks like a (glorious) full time job keeping that lot in order. I see you are in Glasgow which is a bit milder, but does freezing cause any problems?
 

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Last winter was particularly mild, so there weren't any problems, but if we have another severe winter like the couple before that, I think I'll do my best to insulate the tanks with bubble wrap and polystyrene sheet to minimise the risk of the ice cracking the glass. Time will tell if I'll win out over the weather.
 
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    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.
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    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
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    When I noticed his little fingers were split, after I used the net
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