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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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100g Axolotl tank journal

I recently started caring about my plants for real so I though I'd do a journal to keep track of the (perhaps to come) progress ^_^;

Its a 150x50x50 framed tank, housing an my axolotl Axel-Roslie and a bunch of zebra danio

Im hoping to manage to create a carpet of micro sword and fill in the edges with crypts and tall stemplants to create a jungle feeling

Since axolotls need chilly water Im not heating the tank and its usually around 20C.

I bought the plants from a mix-table so I dont know their names but I will look it up in a while. Im pretty sure the anibuas are Nana or Caffeefolia



Tank in place after some days of messing around with the hard scape



Trying to get the scape up



Plants! First time using a pincet, had lots of fun



Filling up - problems. Lots of floaters and the main piece of driftwood turned too instable, so after about 1 day of feeling unhappy about it I simply took out what I intended to be the eye catcher. Right away I liked the new look since the base for the DW was a heap of honeycomb rocks. I put the main piece to the right instead



This is how it turned out. I now have no focal point, but instead I get a smooth calm feeling from it and I think it will be nice once/if it grows in.



DIY CO2-system



Axel-Roslie



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So cute
I'm sure this will turn out to be a great tank when filled. Nice job.

How I feel about non-planted aquariums.
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wow those gills are something huh... cool tank and creature
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100g for just one Axolotl? What a lucky guy!!!!
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100g Axolotl tank journal

Wow. I love the hard scape.
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Lucky dude! I've always wanted one but I can't dedicate one to one thing!
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I never had massive plant growth before, but I will start dosing ferts in a day or so, so hopefully I'll have a nice update in a month or so

Yea the axie should be happy enough.. she will get a mate though to keep her company. Im usually good at making a fish soup before long after starting a tank, but since axies cant really be with any fish, I have no choise, gotta keep it simple. Forced restriction ^^ For those interested, I kept zebra danios with it for months - she cant catch them and they dont come close to her, so its perfectly safe
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Re: 100g Axolotl tank journal

Your Axo won't dig up you're plants?

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Your Axo won't dig up you're plants?

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Yea, it uproots the ones that are in narrow passes. The plants out in the open is no problem, so I just replant the uprooted ones to a better spot and where there were loads of floaters the first days, now there is barely any
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More pictures of her!
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Re: 100g Axolotl tank journal

Good deal

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Ok, I managed to get CO2-pearls with the DIY system Pearling on freaking brown algae :0 nothing on the plants.. being a total noob at this - can someone tell me what happend? The CO2 was running and the diffuser was placed right in front of the pumps outlet. The pump is really weak for my tank and creates little circulation and very little surface agitation

From what I've understood about pearling is that it means oxygen saturation.. how is it possible for the algae to pearl when there should be very little oxygen in the water?

I've been fooling around with low tech for 6 years now and the worst algae I've had was some tiny green spots on the glass. I'm pretty lazy and i did WC's every 2 months or so, rarely vacuumed etc.. Now in two weaks Ive managed to grow loads of brown algae

I'm guessing it is due to low circulation/aeration in the tank, + I didnt do any ferts.. anyhow, my tank was slimy.

I took the wood out and cleaned it, did a massive WC, flipped over all the stones and shuffled the gravel around to try to choke as much of the algae as possible.


I have started dosing PMDD now and will be adding more plants to fight the algae. Im also growing an army of snails and shrimp to help out. Need lots though since Axel-Roslie will eat most of them

As I had ripped the scape apart I kind of put it back in at random, creating a true natrue-scape - little thought, basic look. Heres a sneak peak with my evening-LED on:



Here is how the axolotl looked when she was younger, living in a 5g tank before I could get my real deal working





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From what I've understood about pearling is that it means oxygen saturation.. how is it possible for the algae to pearl when there should be very little oxygen in the water?

I believe its the plant itself creating the oxygen, hence when the plants are getting enough light/nutrients/co2 they pearl and release the oxygen very quickly so you see the pearling effect
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More pictures of Axolotl!!! So cute!
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Love it! She's very cute, and the tank looks beautiful. Subscribed!
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