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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Axolotl in planted tank

I want to convert my planted tank to an axolotl tank in the future and have a few questions about them.

1. Is it ok to inject co2 and dose ferts with axolotls?

2. My tank is open top so how far should I keep the water level to be safe?

3. Are plants such as crypts ok at low water temps like 16c-18c?

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I want to convert my planted tank to an axolotl tank in the future and have a few questions about them.

1. Is it ok to inject co2 and dose ferts with axolotls?

2. My tank is open top so how far should I keep the water level to be safe?

3. Are plants such as crypts ok at low water temps like 16c-18c?

Thanks in advance
I wouldn't dose CO2 or fertilizers into an Axie tank. They are pretty sensitive creatures.

Also Axolotls are known to escape from tanks, I would suggest a lid of some sort.

As far as plants? It depends on the plants.. I keep Clawed Frogs (kind of a similar animal really) in cooler water.. around 20C. I keep xmas moss, vals, water sprite, anubias, and bacopa at these temperatures and my tank is a jungle and I throw water sprite away like crazy.. I don't think 18C would make a huge difference, they should all grow fine.

**I had crypts in that too at one point in time but I moved them to a tropical tank, but they never did poorly in my temperate tank I just needed some plants to fill another tank so I relocated them.
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I keep my axolotl in my planted tank.. I keep her at 75f.. they generally like cooler temps but she doesnt show any signs of stress and eats like a hog.. I also run co2 very high.. she seems to b the least affected by it really. Does full ei.. have put excell in with her. Have done h202 spot treatmeants... she is the hardiest creature ive owned. .

She has eaten all my other fish tho.. cool animal to own.. had her over a year now. And is super messy. I have to gravel vac her waste up about once a week. Sorry for unorganized reply.. im in a meeting lol.
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@andusbeckus - It is fine to inject pressurized CO2 into a planted aquarium with axolotls. Just be responsible with the CO2 like you would in any other case. It is also fine to use fertilizers, if shrimp are unaffected, chances are axolotl will be too. I have had my axolotl for 5 years in a lidless aquarium. He has jumped out once and this happened in the middle of the night a few months ago. Luckily he's in my room and my wife is a light sleeper, she heard the water splash and woke me up. I had filled the water to the top on this particular top off and I think that's why, I usually keep it about an inch below the top. The crypts are best in 20-29C/68-84F. If they cease to grow and die, you will know why.

@jeffdenney - My axolotl has lived in water that is 22C/72F his entire life. It is very difficult for me to get it lower. Your axolotl may eat like a hog because of this raise in temperature, as heat accelerates their metabolism and increases their appetite. My axolotl readily eats earthworms as well, I feed him 1 earthworm every other day. I keep amano shrimp, snails, and otocynclus catfish with him. He occasionally eats the shrimp (which sucks as they are nearly $5 each) but I shrug it off as it provides a wider variety diet. I know my response is coming nearly 4 years after your post here, and am curious to see if you still have your axolotl, and if so how she is doing. Especially because she has been subject to higher than recommended temperatures and people seem to really criticize that online.
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You really shouldn't keep them at greater than 70F. It's documented everywhere and isn't ideal for their longevity. It's like bettas. Just because they can survive in a bowl doesn't mean they should be kept in them.
They dislike light and prefer cooler temperature. They are very sensitive to chemicals because of their permeable skin. You really shouldn't unless you get plants that low low light and cool temps. The axolotls will then need A LOT of places to hide from the light. They don't have eyelids.
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