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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Talking real challenge( for me)

hi everyone. i am new to the forum and i am looking for some advise. i really would like to have plant in my aquarium.

that s what i need for the population of my aquarium.

low light ( no eyelid, they will hide if to much light)
sand
temperature between 16 and 22


i have axolotl in my tank. they like to uproot the plant. ideally the plant have to be attach to something.

that what i came up to for now. but i would like more.. but my knowledge of plant is not so good for now... that where i need help. to choose wisely



so far in the tank i have anubia, java fern widowlov fern, claphodora, java moss, vallisneria

i also put eggcrate on the top for pothos



the eggcrate and pothos will give me a chance to have more light and give some spot of shade in the bottom of the tank

and i added that shower soap holder with spider plant in it



i was thinking that i could put more of those soap holder with different kind of plant in in but i didnt know what kind of plant use.

i cant add fertilizer. they could contain product that could hurt my axolotl.

everywhere i read... dirt is not an option either.

now some picture of my axolotl





i started the tank like a week ago with a cycled filter.

thanks for you help
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They are so ugly they're cute.
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i like them a lot. i just want them to have *the perfect home*
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Chinese evergreen works great growing out of the back like the spider plant.

Some floating plants might work as well, riccia would be my choice.
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mangrove and moss theme? Get some nice driftwood, do the blender method with the moss and paint it on where you like. DSM it for a month or so then add it to the aquarium. You could just do the string or superglue method as well on moss and then add the piece as is (painting the moss comes in more evenly but needs time to attach to the driftwood)

for plants - aren't axolotl notorious for digging and pulling them up? you can try swords or anubias if you root them deep and then landscape riverstone or something around it to keep the buggers from uprooting them. Also look into amazon frogbit floaters - probably give it a nice touch as well. Here's an example of kind-of what i'm picturing for the tank (you could have multiple mangrove stumps)




also love the axolotl - they are like the duckbill platypus, ugly but cute (especially the white/pink ones)
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Those things are cool looking. You are calling them "axolotl", ive never heard of that animal. How do you pronounce that? Are they similar to salamanders cuz that's what they look like to me. I would go with the floating plants that others have suggested, this would give you some shade that you want and you wouldn't have to worry about the uprooting problem. Frogbit and Horwort would both be good and help suck up some nitrates from the water. Both are easy to grow too. Good luck
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Those things are cool looking. You are calling them "axolotl", ive never heard of that animal. How do you pronounce that? Are they similar to salamanders cuz that's what they look like to me. I would go with the floating plants that others have suggested, this would give you some shade that you want and you wouldn't have to worry about the uprooting problem. Frogbit and Horwort would both be good and help suck up some nitrates from the water. Both are easy to grow too. Good luck
I believe it's pronounced "axe-oh-lot-ol".
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I think a riparium like such would be a pretty sweet setup for the axolotls:

You kind of already have the "atmosphere" of one set up.
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this is amazon frogbit - learned about it from a member on TPT, it's exactly like frogbit but grows deeper root systems (which is awesome!) Would definitely give enough shade while still giving the moss enough light to grow (depending on the light of course)



moss if your attaching to driftwood, I would go with Taiwan moss or willow moss - both have a great "tree-like" effect. you could do mini pellia, but once you add that to a tank - good luck trying to remove it. I heard it will migrate and promote growth everywhere. Believe all these mosses are very undemanding for light and nutrients.
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I think a riparium like such would be a pretty sweet setup for the axolotls:

You kind of already have the "atmosphere" of one set up.
i really like that!!!! how do we do the higher part? are they in pots with succion cup?

thanks for all your answer i ll be looking on ebay for the plant you named
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a white and pink one like this one
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i really like that!!!! how do we do the higher part? are they in pots with succion cup?
I'm actually not too familiar with ripariums.

If you pm hydrophyte on the forums, I'm sure he could help you out. He's the resident riparium expert. He also does riparium ROAKs from time to time.
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Really like your axolotls, its my new word of the day, haha. Thanks for the pronunciation Destroyer, still difficult to say. That riparium that Xia linked is very nice, if you could pull that off I'm sure the axolotls would be loving life and you would have a great decorative focal point for your house.
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I have wanted axolotl for a long time, but I read they need a bare bottom sense they will eat sand


Also how do you have the bamboo secured? is it growing fine that way?

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with axolotl you can add sand to the tank ( i use crayola play sand) when they are 4 inches and up. if they eat sand they will be able to pass it without an occlusion.

i also hand feed them. they eat less sand that way.


for the bamboo i used a shower soap holder that i bought at the dollar store. i added scrubies in the contener for the root to attach to something. it s been in the tank for a week and it look good
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