I currently have 5 axolotls that i have had for over a year and love dearly. Three of which of siblings in a 55 gallon, they are all smaller than a standard adult axolotl as they were "runts" of the clutch. However now that I have had them for over a year and I want to steer clear of the Medieval theme with dragons, purple plants, orange plants, and go towards a more natural look. For this I was looking into turning their 55 home into an aquascape! (I will be adding ghost shirmp and a small group of Neon Tetras that can't do much damage to my babies and can easily be eaten without problems.)
I already have an idea of what the tank will look like. However I would like some advice as this is my first aquascape. This is what I figured out so far. I used alot of the basic aquascape information I came across then some specifically for axolotls that told me what I should avoid for them when making my scape.
I know for certain I want to have duck weed on the top of my tank and Cryptocoryne Balansae across the background.
I found these other plants that are ok in cooler temps with lower lighting. My tank however usually runs between 65-70, sometimes up to 75. Any other Suggestions would be wonderful, I want something I can carpet the bottom of my tank with then have some other colors here and here for pop around some manzanita driftwood and a moss tree around the midground if I can get my hands on the right piece.
- Anubias Nana
- Anubias Barteri
- Cobomba Caroliniana
- Cryptocoryne Wendtii
- Narrow Leaf Java Fern
- Veicularia Dubyana
I however can't decide what the best substrate for my tank would be, this happens to be my main issue. I have found for axolotl aquascapes Someone recommended Flora Base, by Red Sea. However this product has been discontinued. I want to avoid more than one substrate due to the large cost of these materials. I'm looking for something that meets the following criteria as close as possible.
- It's small and soft so no impaction risk until the carpet has grown in.
- It doesn't adversely alter the water chemistry, raising PH a little is ok.
- It's easy for rooted plants to get established in.
- It contains nutrients for plant growth.
- It doesn’t contain toxic substances.