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    Pointy Snail Id

    Malaysian Trumpet? Sulawesi (aka Rabbit or Elephant)?
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    My Axolotl Journal

    I have a small chiller that has been doing pretty well. Now that the heat is starting to break at night, it hasn't had to work as hard to keep the temp down.
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    My Axolotl Journal

    28!!!! Holy cow! I wish I had room for a huge lowboy, that would be amazing. If I ever decide to trade out my fish, I could get more axies and put them in my 55... :emoji_joy:
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    Axolotl For 20 Gallon Tank?

    You can use frogbit if you want, but axolotls do come up the surface for air occasionally (they have both gills and lungs), so you'll just have to make sure there is some clear space for them to surface. Axies are very sensitive to parameters. They don't have any type of scales like most fish...
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    My Axolotl Journal

    I swear, these little things are addicting!!!! I now have a fourth axolotl who I am also over the moon about. (And don't worry, once they grow up, there is another tank to separate them) Meet Fírnen! This little one is a green wild morph, and is named after a green dragon in the Inheritance...
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    Penn-plax Cascade Aquarium Canister Filter

    I shoved as much media in there as I could! haha I used the coarse sponge first, with the finer floss on top, then a ton more floss in tray two, then floss and carbon in tray 3, and then more floss and a ton of ceramic biomedia in the top tray. The only stuff I usually have to replace is the...
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    Axolotl For 20 Gallon Tank?

    @Esimm03 ok, here's what I would do if I were you right now. 1. Move the fish and inverts out 2. Take out the driftwood, mostly because it's huge. Replace large decorations with a hide made for turtles. It will provide your axi with a safe place to chill and get away from the light (they don't...
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    Hey, Changing Gears

    Wooper!!! He's adorable. Haha
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    Lesser Evil?

    Please post pics!!!! I am in love with corydora!!!
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    Hey, Changing Gears

    Pokemon is basically the reason I have axolotls now. They look like Pokemon! Haha
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    Big Momma In Sorority

    Another thing you can do is rearrange the decor. This makes the tank "new" for all of them, and allows them to establish their pecking order from scratch. Big Momma may still end up the alpha, but the others won't feel so threatened if they don't have an already established territory to defend.
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    Penn-plax Cascade Aquarium Canister Filter

    Just my two cents about the flow. I have the same filter, and it was way too strong for my fish, too. If you use the spray bar attachment and aim it directly at the back wall of the aquarium, it will significantly decrease the flow in the tank. You can also adjust the input and output knobs on...
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    My Axolotl Journal

    One more fix for the lotl tank. I had most of my lucky bamboo in a mesh breeder net, and it was driving me crazy. It was so obvious, and so ugly! So I did some hunting and found the perfect solution at Big Lots (like Wal-Mart, but nicer lol). Kitchen sponge holders! I bought three little ones...
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    My Axolotl Journal

    I did a tank makeover for the lotls yesterday! Added larger hides, which they definitely needed. Smaug especially prefers to stay in caves all day, and he was occupying the largest hide, leaving Toothless and Elliot without one. I love the new look, and it seems they do, too. So far, the castle...
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    Coming Axolotl Setup: Filtration

    You shouldn't have problems with fighting, axolotls don't really do that. Most often, any issues occur during feeding, and are usually accidental. As in, "ok, look at that wiggly worm!" **chomp** "wow, this worm tastes a lot like my buddy's leg." Haha Good thing is, lotls can regrow pretty much...
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    Care Sheet For Axolotl

    For breeding: Starting at approximately 8 months of age, axolotls begin to become sexually mature. Males will show long, flat bumps under their tail, just behind their back legs. Mature males begin to drop sperm cones almost immediately after reaching sexual maturity. If they are housed with a...
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    Axolotl For 20 Gallon Tank?

    Your tank looks like a 20 high to me, just judging by the photos. A single axolotl should live in a 20 long, as they require more floor space than they do depth. While they will occasionally swim around, they spend most of their time sitting around, on, or under things. If you purchase a...
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    Pepper Cories Changing Color

    My axolotls can do this, too. Supposedly they can change within an hour of being on a different substrate! Crazy, right? This planet is freaking awesome.
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    Mollie Tank...help!!

    Just a heads up about balloon mollies. I learned the hard way that they are highly prone to illnesses because of their body structure. They are massively inbred to get their unique body shape, and as such aren't as healthy as other types of molly. That being said, I had one for several months...
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    Mystery Snails Hanging Out At The Top Of The Tank?

    Are they floating? Sometimes they do that, it's just a little air in the shell. They also seem to like eating particles from the surface of the water (I have witnessed mine doing it a few times). While it seems like totally normal behavior, you could always check your parameters to be sure...
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    How To Get Otos To Last Their First Night

    Mine were super finicky about veggies for a few weeks until they figured out they were food. If your tank is well established, they should have plenty of biofilm to munch on when they're hungry. They're likely just stressed from moving to a new environment and will probably need a few days to...
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    My Axolotl Journal

    They're here! They're here!!!! My new axolotls were safely delivered to my house this afternoon, and I just love them!!! The copper is a little bigger than I was anticipating, but he's still a safe size to share the tank with Toothless. The dirty lucy is the middle one now, size wise. I hope...
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    Shell Rot On Mystery Snails

    Haha thanks! I hope your mysteries are doing well!
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    Shell Rot On Mystery Snails

    You could have low calcium content in your water, which can cause their shells to degrade. There are powdered calcium supplements for reptiles that you can add to your water if you want. I personally place two large cuttlebones (found in the bird aisle) in the tank. As they dissolve, they...
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    My Axolotl Journal

    Here's a shot of the 40 b at the moment. (Ignore the makeshift holder for the chiller, clamps will do until I get some materials to make a permanent solution!) There are plenty more plants on the way for filtering purposes, bamboo and pothos, which will be placed both in the filter, and in...
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    Leaving My Goldfish For A Week

    So sorry to hear this! It's never easy losing a pet.
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    Sponge Filter: Am I Doing This Wrong?

    They look happy! From the video, it does seem like a bacterial bloom. I'd follow the previous advice of putting a mesh over your intake and keeping the sponge filter in as well. You may just be in a mini cycle and your bb needs some time to reestablish itself. Once it does, your water should...
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    My Axolotl Journal

    Thanks! I'll post an update photo tomorrow when it's bright enough.
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    Sponge Filter: Am I Doing This Wrong?

    What exactly do you mean by cloudy? Is the tank cycled? Are you doing water changes?
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    My Axolotl Journal

    Thanks, @Goldfishfreak and @DoubleDutch, for the kind words. I knew he was struggling to eat, but was hoping he would be one of the lucky ones. At least I know he was comfortable in cool water here, instead of the 75° tank they had him in at the store. Toothless seems stronger and appears...
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    My Axolotl Journal

    Sad news. This morning, I came downstairs to find that Hiccup had passed some time in the night. I suspected something was wrong since I got him, as he never ate much compared to Toothless, and often spit out several bloodworms before finally eating one. After comparing pictures to other lucys...
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    Fish Going Into Powerheads When Off

    Good luck, I hope it works for you!
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    Fish Going Into Powerheads When Off

    Maybe try stretching a section of nylon stocking over the opening? It wouldn't restrict water flow, but should be enough to keep your little explorers away from danger!
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    My Axolotl Journal

    This is the one I have. Zoo Med Mesh Reptile Hammock Small, 14-1/2 Inch
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    My Axolotl Journal

    They are, thanks for checking! Finally got them to realize the new pellets are edible and they seem to like them. Win! They absolutely love the hammock, it's quite popular. I haven't had any issues with it coming off, and it looks exactly the same as it did when I first bought it. It's really...
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    Missing Amano Shrimp?

    I swear I lose shrimp, but when I move things around for a deep cleaning, it's like there are more than when I started scurrying out from under the driftwood! Haha
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    Buy Pretty Or Ugly Betta?

    I actually bought two of my females because they were overlooked. They are both gorgeous girls, but not necessarily flashy, so they didn't draw attention. One was at the store for several weeks, the other (at a different store) was the healthiest of the sick looking females they had. The others...
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    What Would You Do With A 20 Long?

    They are definitely interesting to keep! I have only had mine for about a month now, so they're still babies. But they're starting to recognize me and swim to the front of the tank to say hi when they see me, and they're more active now that they're comfy. I definitely like them a lot, and find...
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    What Would You Do With A 20 Long?

    Ooooh! I like the idea of two cory species! A honey gourami pair would be a great centerpiece. I think I just may go this route. What a fun and active tank that would be to watch! Thanks for the great idea!
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    What Would You Do With A 20 Long?

    That's honestly what I'm torn between. I do love my axies, but the cory are adorable, too! WHY MUST I LOVE ALL THE ANIMALS?!?!?! :emoji_laughing:
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    What Would You Do With A 20 Long?

    I may end up going this way! The 40 would be big enough for 3 adults... haha I have thought about that, but I worry it's too complicated/expensive to maintain.
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    What Would You Do With A 20 Long?

    So what would you guys put in a 20 long if you had a spare? I currently have one housing my axolotls, but they'll be moving to a 40 breeder soon, which leaves the 20 long free. Note- I am in love with corydora of all kinds, so any ideas including them would be great! Both cool and warm water...
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    Strange Betta Behavior

    Hiding behind the filter could be a few things. Is the original tank you had him in planted (fake or real)? Does he have places to hide and feel safe? Is the flow on the filter too fast for him? He may have been stressed from a fast flow that was difficult to rest in with his long fins...
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    Here We Go...tail Biting

    Maybe try putting a ping pong ball in a few minutes a day for him to push around, my friend had a betta that was OBSESSED with his ping pong ball! Haha Also, a floating mirror to let him flare at so he feels like he's the master of his domain might help. Maybe it doesn't feel like home yet...
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    Pleco Type

    I actually have a male bn pleco who has developed a similar color pattern as he's matured and reached breeding age. I was initially worried that it was a fungus, but other than the color change, there were zero signs of illness. He has been happily living with his new pattern for the past...
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    Betta With Platy?

    I think this depends a lot on the individual betta. I've had some that were very aggressive toward everything they saw, and others, like the one I mentioned previously, that were very peaceful and actually seemed happier and healthier in a small community tank. Yes, they are often aggressive...
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    Betta With Platy?

    Give them a week, while watching closely obviously. I had a male betta successfully share a 10 gal with 4 neons and a handful of mystery snails. He often swam in the school of neons as if he were one of them, and sometimes used the snails like a betta hammock! Haha For the first week, he flared...
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    Newby, Quick Introduction

    The furcata forktail rainbowfish are super fun. They're schooling fish that have very active and playful personalities, definitely a highlight of my nano community! I'm actually planning on upping their school soon from 6 to 12.
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    What Color Are These Mysteries?

    Ok, that's what I was thinking. The lighter ones have the more ivory looking shells and definitely have white bodies so far.
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    What Color Are These Mysteries?

    I can't decide what color these mystery snails are/will be. This clutch is all colored like this, though some have white bodies and others have grayish bodies. They almost all have spikes on their shells as well, which I'm told is rare. Would these be considered chestnut? They don't seem dark...




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