The key is having large amounts of plants. This is doubly benefitial as H.orientalis loves having dense areas of vegetation, and they dislike currents.
You can find several threads that discuss this kind of biological filtration around the forum. Use the search function to find them.
think "jungle" - plants everywhere, and include some fast-growing species like Elodea and hornwort. I have many tanks like that, no problem. With just an occasional (every 2 weeks) partial water change they do just fine.
Has anyone ever experimented with a mycological based filtration system in a terrarium/aquarium setup? I'm new to the Caudata world and trying to learn what I can before I get my own setup. I was just curious, about the implementation of fungi in a miniature filtration system. I know Chytridiomycosis has the potential to make fungi unappealing to anyone caring for amphibians, but research has proven that mycelium can be utilized for their ability to bioaccumulate toxic chemicals; in a terrarium system where that mycelia mat could be removed quite easily, it seems they could be beneficial organisms in the cleaning of the closed ecosystems.
I doubt fungi could be used as the main source of filtration, but they are certainly present in any tank. Apart from the ever present Saprolegnia, i´ve seen slime molds in some of my tanks. I think they are an integral, albeit mostly unseen, part of the mini ecosystem that is an aged tank.
@ChocoUniversa, Buy some ammonia and an eyedropper from Walmart and a water test kit for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. Figure out (through testing) how many drops it will take to get the ammonia level to the test's maximum measurement. Add that same number of drops every 24 hours. Eventually, the ammonia will start to go down as it's converted to nitrites. Keep adding ammonia. The nitrite levels will spike for a while and then they too will start to go down as they convert to nitrates. These you get rid of by doing water changes, which you should be doing anyway throughout the process. Once all of these are at low levels, your aquarium is ready. It takes about a month, maybe two (mine took a month and a half). Be sure to add ammonia until the day of or the day before you add your axolotl.
Hey guys, this is my first time using this so bear with me. I have an adult axie who looks like he’s developed some fungus on gills. It’s still really small and only on one part. I put him in a 10 gal quarantine tank with an Indian almond leaf. I want to give him a black tea bath but not sure if I can add my black tea to the tank with the Indian almond leaf in there. Any advice?
I have a tiger salamander and i got him as a gift , recently it looks like something has been eating at his tail! Almost like its dissolving..? Ive checked that there is no other bugs in the closure, ive also ben giving him salt baths but its inly getting worse. Sorry if its much hahaha im just super worried!
@XxJennXx, I don't believe so. They are closely related to tigers and my tiger doesn't brumate. I think first year they might but after they see they aren't needing to, they should be good. They might try and hibernate to, mine did for the first year but now I see him crawling around right now.