Between this post and ur previous one where your axolotls gills were inflamed due to liquid co2 use numerous ppl have told you that these creatures do not belong in a high tech tank. Their eyes don't close for one. They need dim lighting. I can put u in a room with super bright lights on you for 7+ hours a day and tape ur eyes open, you wont die, but I m sure you will be miserable. Could this go for fish too, maybe. Every forum and axolotl care sheet specifies no bright light. But why listen right. Urs is still alive. I can only imagine how bad long term ei ferts, especially iron while dosing. Do what you want, I just don't understand how ppl think they can do the total opposite to animals what is recommended and just because the animal is alive still they consider their actions perfectly fine. Its not always about simply alive. I wouldn't rescue a dog to chain him up to a tree, I don't rescue a cat for my English mastiff to have as a toy. We get pets to provide them a home, a comfortable safe home. We do everything so they are comfortable and can live as long as possible. You are treating your axolotl as a decoration to your plants because clearly his needs are not your priority. Do i have an axolotl? No I do not, but I can read and there are a bunch of dedicated forums for them, including Caudata.org(I believe that is it). Do ur reading and what is in the best interest of your pet.
Im a frequent visitor of caudata.. when I got her I was lied to by the fish store.. they said she could live in any tank and that she was super easy care.. I didnt find out about the rocks and digestive problems and light and temps and all that till I joined caudata, trying to provide her the best care.. ive also read about all her stress signs ( curved tail, Hunched back, gills forward, etc).. at that point it was really too late, she was already at my house for a week or so.. I know the tank isnt her ideal setup, but im telling u I never see her acting stressed, shes always active, eats plenty, comes right up to me when im in the tank... to me it doesnt look like shes just surviving.. she looks and acts happy as far as I can tell.. maybe she just isnt as sensitive as others... idk, but I cant afford to setup another tank for her right now, so lets just stay on the plant subject. I do appreciate your concern.
If you're following EI correctly it's not a deficiency. If you post the information below we can eliminate deficiencies quite easily.
What size is your tank?
EXACTLY what are you dosing?
What is your dosing schedule?
Water change schedule?
Any current water quality test results?
25 gal. 50% water change every week.. I never miss it lol. 90/10
Ei ferts schedule:
Monday before photoperiod
1/2tsp gh booster
1/8 tsp kh2po4 (1/16tsp is recommended, was having gsa issues so I doubled it)
10ml csm+b.. I mix it with 2x the water so my measurements r more consistent..
1/16 tsp fe 10% chelate
1/4 tsp kno3
1/8 tsp kh2po4
1/4 tsp kno3
1/8 tsp kh2po4
Ph: about 6.4 right now during co2 run.. I havent checked my natural ph since ive been running some rodi water.. I just pulled a cup to let sit tho since im curious of that.
I think I might have a ca test kit but I thought I lost it when I moved so ill look for that.
I made some 6kh solution for my drop checker a while back and still use it.. should turn green at 40ppm co2.. its green.... 3-4bps through inline diffuser..
Light setup is 96watts of Diy 3w stevesleds controlled by typhon board and meanwell lddh drivers. I went with a little overkill on that lol. Set way low at 60 par @ sub, 200par @ surface.. for 8hours with and hour fade times up and down.. I have one of hoppys par meters. handy thing..
I was just checking my bubble counter and I noticed a little crack in the clear water chamber.. im gonna get some soapy water and investigate.. ill report back on that soon..
Thats everything I can test right now.. I know I have all the equipment to have an awesome tank.. just the operator is the weak link right now lol.. I wish someone on the forum lived close Kalamazoo. Ive never even seen another planted tank but mine in person.
Thanks for your help!