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So, am I allowed to copy your names? I love Quetzalcoatl (or Quetzal.) I would use it if I ever get a axolotl. (it would be coppertype!)
 

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Hello All! I'm new to the site, new to the amphibian world and am here for help/suggestions/tips to make a comfortable and appropriate home for an Axlotl.

So, this is my current setup. I have a 20 gal. long, an Oase 100 filtosmart cannister filter, 3 fake aquarium plants, 2 hides, slate rock on the floor alongside fake moss rocks. I just replaced a submersible thermometer for the digital one to allow more floor space. I am 3 days into cycling. I have the API water testing kit and and patiently (not really) waiting for it to be safe.

The 2 hides I purchased are replaceable and I'm willing to trade them out with better options. I'm scared of harming my axlotl. I have no idea how resilient they are and I do not want to cut, scrape or get it stuck in an aquarium decoration. The Hides placed in there were sanded down to make main entrances smoother then rinsed in warm water. I hope the log on the left is appropriate. The fake rock formation on the right side is the main concern and priority replacement.

I not only sanded the decorations, but also the slate rock. Is this too much? Im planning on getting mores slate rock to line the floor or possibly make some formations. I seen other members displays and it has inspired me. Again, is sanding too far? Speaking of sand. I want to add some sand to the gaps on the floor the slate rock wont cover. Good or bad idea?

I'm also semi concerned about the flow of my filter. The main reason I purchased the 12" fake plants was to disrupt water flow from the spray bar. The outflow is at the lowest setting, the spray bar is facing the tank wall and slightly angled upwards to redirect flow to the surface. Do I still need a bubbler or air stone? I do not want to stress it out.

I'm in a weather controlled room and will be appropriate temperature year round. Aiming to keep it in the 19-20C/66-68F.

I hope you guys keep posting your setups. It will help me stay sane until I can have my own. ...one day
 

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Hello All! I'm new to the site, new to the amphibian world and am here for help/suggestions/tips to make a comfortable and appropriate home for an Axlotl.

So, this is my current setup. I have a 20 gal. long, an Oase 100 filtosmart cannister filter, 3 fake aquarium plants, 2 hides, slate rock on the floor alongside fake moss rocks. I just replaced a submersible thermometer for the digital one to allow more floor space. I am 3 days into cycling. I have the API water testing kit and and patiently (not really) waiting for it to be safe.

The 2 hides I purchased are replaceable and I'm willing to trade them out with better options. I'm scared of harming my axlotl. I have no idea how resilient they are and I do not want to cut, scrape or get it stuck in an aquarium decoration. The Hides placed in there were sanded down to make main entrances smoother then rinsed in warm water. I hope the log on the left is appropriate. The fake rock formation on the right side is the main concern and priority replacement.

I not only sanded the decorations, but also the slate rock. Is this too much? Im planning on getting mores slate rock to line the floor or possibly make some formations. I seen other members displays and it has inspired me. Again, is sanding too far? Speaking of sand. I want to add some sand to the gaps on the floor the slate rock wont cover. Good or bad idea?

I'm also semi concerned about the flow of my filter. The main reason I purchased the 12" fake plants was to disrupt water flow from the spray bar. The outflow is at the lowest setting, the spray bar is facing the tank wall and slightly angled upwards to redirect flow to the surface. Do I still need a bubbler or air stone? I do not want to stress it out.

I'm in a weather controlled room and will be appropriate temperature year round. Aiming to keep it in the 19-20C/66-68F.

I hope you guys keep posting your setups. It will help me stay sane until I can have my own. ...one day
Sand is definitely fine, small gravel is not. ( I was confused with the too before this site.) Slate is completely safe, there is nothing wrong with sanding, fish tank decorations can be ridiculously sharp. Both hides look great!
 

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Hello All! I'm new to the site, new to the amphibian world and am here for help/suggestions/tips to make a comfortable and appropriate home for an Axlotl.

So, this is my current setup. I have a 20 gal. long, an Oase 100 filtosmart cannister filter, 3 fake aquarium plants, 2 hides, slate rock on the floor alongside fake moss rocks. I just replaced a submersible thermometer for the digital one to allow more floor space. I am 3 days into cycling. I have the API water testing kit and and patiently (not really) waiting for it to be safe.

The 2 hides I purchased are replaceable and I'm willing to trade them out with better options. I'm scared of harming my axlotl. I have no idea how resilient they are and I do not want to cut, scrape or get it stuck in an aquarium decoration. The Hides placed in there were sanded down to make main entrances smoother then rinsed in warm water. I hope the log on the left is appropriate. The fake rock formation on the right side is the main concern and priority replacement.

I not only sanded the decorations, but also the slate rock. Is this too much? Im planning on getting mores slate rock to line the floor or possibly make some formations. I seen other members displays and it has inspired me. Again, is sanding too far? Speaking of sand. I want to add some sand to the gaps on the floor the slate rock wont cover. Good or bad idea?

I'm also semi concerned about the flow of my filter. The main reason I purchased the 12" fake plants was to disrupt water flow from the spray bar. The outflow is at the lowest setting, the spray bar is facing the tank wall and slightly angled upwards to redirect flow to the surface. Do I still need a bubbler or air stone? I do not want to stress it out.

I'm in a weather controlled room and will be appropriate temperature year round. Aiming to keep it in the 19-20C/66-68F.

I hope you guys keep posting your setups. It will help me stay sane until I can have my own. ...one day
IMHO, as long as you sand down any rough or sharp edges, the hides should be fine. It's also a good idea to sand down any sharp parts on the slate too (just for good measure), so I don't think it's overkill! I wish I could find hides like that around here lol.
You can put sand where the slate isn't if you'd like. Just note that the sand granules must be fine, so no gravel or anything gravel-y. Play sand is best, you can find it at most hardware shops. Just rinse it well. A lot of people also use CaribSea natural sand.
You don't need an air stone or bubbler. As long as you can disrupt the flow, it shouldn't stress the axolotl. Some don't mind flow at all. It just depends on the need of your animal.
 
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