Planting a Bare Bottom Tank

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Hey guys, I'm looking to plant my bare bottom tank but haven't a clue how to start. It is a 20 gallon long tank for housing ribbed newts (Pleurodeles waltl) and I would like to have a nice habitat for them to thrive in. Thanks guys! Any input would be great!

One of the concerns that I have is using a UV light to grow the plants. Will this harm my waltls? That's the last thing I want to do.

My ultimate goal is to have plants both adhered to the bottom and some floating at the top. I can't figure out how to keep the bare bottom tank and have plants growing at the bottom.
 

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You can put dirt topped with sand into terra-cotta pots and plant them in there or get plants that don't require substrate like java fern, elodea, java moss, etc.
For lighting I just use regular florescent light strips and they grow fine.
 

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You can use fishing line to tie some plants to rocks or other large pieces that sit on the bottom.
 

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What I always did when planting a bare bottom tank is go to the dollar store and pick up a bunch of small glass cups. Take them back and fill them with sand or gravel. Then you can plant your plants in them. You can choose to wrap mesh around that afterwards but I never did.

Evan
 

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That's a cool idea with the cups. It even allows you to move things around if you need to.
 

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I did something similar to what Evan did...except in a larger and uglier way, heh.....
They are just one gallon plastic shoeboxes filled with sand, however I would recommend not filling them as deep as I did because of the risk of anaerobic decay, which can cause algae blooms and gas bubbles that are dangerous to amphibians. I only filled them that deep because at that point I didn't know about anaerobic decay.

http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-be...-newt-salamander-help/94766-does-look-ok.html

LED lights are really great because they don't put off much heat and use less energy.
 
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    Probably too soon, I read it take 6-8 weeks to cycle
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    if you have the API water test kit, check all the perimeters in the tank. We can check the cycling process with the perimeters. And I’m actually not sure how to upload a pic lololol I thought it would be easier but I tried it myself and now I’m confused! It says to attack a link, I’m not sure how that works
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    Thanks for your help :)
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    @Paige1warren, turns out my pH was spot on, the test strips I had used were no good. I bought an API kit and the levels are all fine. So not the issue :( I just posted in the forum
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    Hey @Josiane ! I just responded to your post. Your little guy actually looks fairly decent for his size despite not eating well. I think it is stress from the environment
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    I rotate between blood worms and brine shrimp. He's in my bedroom and will stay there for a while, I closed the light and just left a salt lamp on. I will bring him a hiding place right away! Isn't he the cutest thing! 😂
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    @Josiane Based on the photo, I believe there is a chance your axolotl may have become impacted from ingesting sand. Axolotls under 5" should not be kept on substrate for this reason.
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    @Josiane The nearly diminished gill stalks are also indicative of poor water quality. You need to test your tap water's parameters using a liquid test kit (not strips! Those are inaccurate). The slime coat coming off may also be due to water quality or the water conditioner.
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