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Niels D

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Went herping today with the volunteers. Found L.vulgaris, L.helveticus and R.temporaria. The females of L.vulgaris weren't in the water yet, while the males allready had their crests. Hopefully we will find more species in the other puddles the following weeks.

L.vulgaris
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L.helveticus
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R.temporaria
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A couple of the puddles
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Awesome! Is there water in the ponds all year, or are they temporary?
 

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awesome, spectacular! That helveticus male is a thing of beauty. One of the prettiest and most under appreciated newt species :) They may not be as colorful, but they are so tastefully dressed in earthtones, and all those fine lines and squiggles and dots...sigh.
 

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There aren't many puddles in The Netherlands which are temporary, because it's really wet down here in the Lowlands.

L.helveticus is indeed very beautiful. Can't get enough of those weird feet.
 

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Aaaaaaaah, man, my herping withdrawal symptoms are coming back...i feel so cold...

I fully agree, i´ve said this a hundred times, but it´s never enough, both L.vulgaris and L.helveticus are extremely underapreciated species. I think they are both just amazing and somehow with a higher percentage of "newtness" compared to other species. I can never get enough of L.helveticus. Never.
In fact i´ll get my annual chance to go herping in a few weeks and i just can´t wait to see some lovely, lovely helveticus.
Thank you for sharing, Niels. Beautiful animals (and awesome break-dancing newt) and ponds. I can hear my waders begging me from the closset to take them somewhere like that :D
 

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Found these two buggers today in a very small puddle. Luckily my friend didn't forget his camera, because I did. On the third picture you see a Hydrophilus piceus. They're really beautiful.

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I quite like Lissotriton Helveticus actually. I love their goofy feet. Lissotriton Vulgaris is also quite nice! :) These are some nice finds!
 
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    she should be ok as axolotls can regenerate limbs, the only this i would say is to mabey feed the male more as this type of behavuor is uslay down to hunger.
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    hey, anyone know how long bloodworms can stay in an axolotl tank before they begin to rot and cause an ammonia spike?
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    I think it is always best to get them out asap but probably two days or so.
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    its around 3 small pieces in the tank. Since i've just moved homes, my axolotl is still at my old house. Yesterday i fed him bloodworms and he missed a few. I couldnt get them out without a turkey baster and decided to let them sit because i was gonna move him to the house tomorrow. But now its late and I dont have a car and my dad wont drive me. Will he be fine?
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    I would think so i would just try to get them out tomorrow
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    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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    So my axolotl tank cycle just crashed and while i was in the middle of a water change my bucket overflowed and spilled water all of the ground in my brand new home. This is going super well 👍
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    Im so frustrated right now. My axolotl WONT eat and my tank still isnt looking too good. Some extra stress i needed.
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    No, I havent. Im not really sure why he wont eat. Hes in a 1 gallon tub and still a juvenile. When i offer food he swims away from it. Does he need some extra time? or is this something I should be worried about.
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    Hello everyone! I’m new in this world and i need some advices please! I have 2 axolotl babies and currently the water from the tank is from bottled water ( all parameters are good) but i want to change 50% of the water with city tap water. My question is how to change it? Do i need to get axis out, do the change, add the prime, wait (how much?) until its dechlorinated or i can add the tap water directly into the tank with axis in it, and add the prime conditioner? Thank you!!
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    1. You dont need to take them out of the tank to change the water as long as you pour it in slow as to not rattle them around too much
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    2. add the prime to your tap water, for most conditioners the consensus is 5 minutes of waiting time
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    3.After 5 minutes it should be safe to add
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    Thank you so much !!
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    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Where can I get blackworms?
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    Does anyone know someone who can ship axolotls to hawaii? I recently did a water change and my axolotl died and there are no axos for sale right now.
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