Well...starting tomorrow I plan to slowly drain the water over a period of 7 days. After this is I will be moving them all into a terrestrial 10g and stick them in my 60-65 degree garage and gut load them before. After 2 months I will move them to my basement for a week and then move them back up to their 40g breeding aquarium and slowly raise water level over the course of 7 days while using a fogger I have to raise humidity. I will do 1.5-2hr a day mid range fogging while I raise the water level and then do 3hr a day mid level fogging for a week after. Then that hopefully will spark them and I will only do 30min a day light fogging for about a month and hopefully get eggs. How does this sound?
I have seen some nosing and a little bit of circling between a male and the female. I have just purchased two more females from an online store and I hope to have them into the tank and quarantined with the others by late July. I will post a video of the nosing soon.
So the two females ended up being males from the store reptilesncritters.com. Do not buy from this place no matter what because when I told them they were male they said "too bad" and would not do anything to fix it ?. But anyway, here are the ones I have had for a while. I have seen some courtship lately which includes nudging, circling, and nosing each other male and female. I have not seen any spermataphores yet though. But they have been pretty active and I have seen a couple swollen cloacas. My female may pop as well ?.
I am curious how your newts have done over the summer after experiencing 70-73 on a regular basis and sometimes "much warmer".
I am not criticizing your care of the newts because it obvious seems to be working for you. I am simply curious because I always had issues with this species once it got above 70F. This species of newt comes from areas of china where their hottest summer months rarely go above 75F and it isnt like wild newts are very active in the daylight hours so they would most likely only be above the leaf litter in temperatures in the low 60s at most.
Another thing to consider if the temperatures so so cool how much more drastically lower the water temperatures must be.
I have heard and read alot about over wintering this species in the high 50s or low 60s but a simple google search proves the areas these newts come from in the wild 9 months out of the year is colder than that. Some could argue that they done experience those temperatures because they brumate under the frost line but if that was indeed the case they would still experience 35-55 regularly.
But perhaps the light cycle is more important than temperature for this species?
This species is only known from the southern border of Yunnan, adjacent to Vietnam, but it is mountainous. It can handle both a fair amount of heat and cold [overnight below freezing, if protected by leaf litter], provided it has soil moisture but dry air. When warm and humid [stagnant], they die rather quickly. I have had some specimens remain in the water while others hid in the duff below frost, but once daytime temperatures did not rise above freezing, they came inside. I haven't yet checked for climate data for this species, but once I update my maps to correct some records of T.shanjing/T.verrucosus to T.yangi, I'll be better able to identify the local climate. That will likely be slightly on the warm side, since climate stations tend to be near human habitation, not up in the shady damp mountain forests.
They are doing fantastic! I will be putting them into a terrestrial tank at the end of September for 3 months of cooling. The female is very large and readily chasing the males. I will be completely gutting and cleaning their tank for the first time this winter while they are In cooling. I am working on getting a second female still haha.
Sorry, they are all in their terrestrial tank. They are eating well and getting ready for a cooling period. I have finally located a female from a friend of mine. I will get her as soon as I get some money for shipping.
They have been in the garage for about 7 weeks now, I think i'll take them out next wednesday. That will be 8 weeks exactly. What I have been hearing was good was 6-10 weeks so I thought id call it in the middle When I take them out I will weigh them all again and take pictures. I hate to bore you all with my constant updates on these guys, but seeing courtship last summer gave me hope. So I decided that if they are going to breed next summer, I would like to have all the steps I took documented. This is so that people in the future can try and breed these as well. Its funny to think that when I started this thread, this species was referd to as tylototriton cf. kweichowensis instead of tylototriton yangi. These guys should get a species page on caudata culture
Nice one !!
I hope you are successful with them.I enjoy the updates so keep them coming .I don't know of any breedings of Yangi in the U.K. a Few years back the Kweichowensis where bred.(I think they where kweichowensis)
We have acquired some lovely kweichowensis and Shanjing from Europe the last couple of months all Captive bred .I hope you are successful with them mate
Hi I recently rescued a lotl (i did weeks of research before rescuing) Hes mabey 5 or 6 years of age..the previous owner could not remember the exact age of him. I got him from her as he was or had been picked on by his tank mate another lotl who was bough with him from every younger age, I noticed one of his gills, a middle one at the end had split in two? And is slightly more floppy? He also appears or mabey I'm just over worried to mabey have lost some feathers, is that normal to lose some?...all levels in the tank are fine, but wondered if theres and advice anyone could give me as an experienced owner to a new one.
@Lanalotl Sounds like the gills may have been nipped by the tank mate. If he is in his own tank and the parameters etc are all good, then he should grow them back and they should go back to full health and strength. However, depending on how old the injury is they may not fully grow back if they have been constantly nipped at.
Can anyone tell me why this is happening? We just did a water change and after freaking out and whipping around the tank, an hour later they look like this. It won't let me send a pic. The edges of their gills are white and it looks like they have skin shedding off
It sounds like something went wrong with the water change, so this could be very dangerous. Did you use a dechlorinator? Could it be there are traces of chlorine or soap in the water? (Or for example, in the bucket you used?)
Normally, I would recommend taking them out of the tank asap and putting them in a tub with fresh water, but if there's something wrong with your tap water or dechlorinator, that might not help either. Do you have acces to bottled water or rain water?
I think my axie is dying, he’s never had any issues before, I’ve had him 3 years, today I noticed some fluffy looking stuff coming from his genital area so I took him out of his tank and did a full tank clean to make sure the water wasn’t infected as I thought it was fungus and then I noticed he had a cut on his belly which was only small about 5 hours ago and now it’s spread to all of his belly, what do I do I’m freaking out
Hi I have 2 4in juveniles (I’ve had them about 2 weeks and they are doing well I think they’ve grown a little already honestly) but I am supposed to go on a 5-6 day vacation in October about 3-4 months from now. I am wondering how I should go about their care when I am gone. I thought about putting them in separate (fairly big) containers with live plants and/or bubblers with a fan in the dark and either fridging them (my last plan) but I am hoping to to either have someone I trust come feed them and turkey baste waste out or just leave them out and clean the containers before we leave and have someone come check on them once or twice. Does any of this sound like a good or bad idea? I want the best for them. All help appreciated
Hi, so I have 2 male axolotls and about an hour ago they were both perfectly fine and now only one of them has his tail curling up and his gills are slightly curled?? But other than that they’re both acting normally
Does anyone have any idea how to help with high ammonia levels? I have the API freshwater master kit and everything else’s test results were great besides ammonia. I did a 50% water change and I use API products including ammonia lock.
Help! I got my first axolotl two days ago and they have stopped eating. They ate a few frozen blood worms the first day and haven’t eaten or been interested in food since. I feed them frozen blood worms and the tank is around 64 degrees. I do have a filter that moves sometimes and I noticed them swimming up to it, I have a new filter and a fan coming today or tomorrow. I leave the worms in the tank or a little bit before taking them out so I don’t know if they ate when I wasn’t looking. I know it takes a while for them to digest. Does anyone have any tips or knowledge they can share? The pet store I bought them from didn’t have gravel or sand in the tank so I’m not sure if theres an issue or if I’m just impatient. Thank you!
@MuggleMiChu I would say try live black/blood worms untell they are full or just turn there head away ( that's what mine do) if that does not work try to get some live brine shrimp and see if they eat that. baby axolotl prefer live food over frozen food as the frozen food is too cold for them or they can't eat it in one go( that's if you do the blocks) mine eat chopped up frozen thawed shrimp. as for them not eating from what I have experienced with my second axolotl, I got her when she was about an inch long and she ate every day, when they start getting 3-4 inches long they will gradually slow down there eating. and if you really want to do substrate I would do sand because if they do ingest a little bit it won't hurt them.
Thank you so much for the information and advice! They are eating again, they ate a lot today. I think it might have been stress from the move or digesting old food, I also noticed they ate some of the food left in the tank (I removed the rest). I’m going to keep the tank bare bottom.