Thursday, August 9, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Axolotl Dying

My axolotl was fine for a couple weeks after putting him in the new tank. But several days ago I noticed he wasn't eating.  I left him for a couple days, but he still wouldn't eat.  He was also floating at the top of the tank and he was very pale.  He's been this color for around a week now. 
I've had him in the fridge for the last 3 days but when I got up this morning, he was floating upside down and looked completely dead. I moved the container and he swam around a bit but he is lying on his side and seems to have no energy.  I don't think he's going to make it. 
I don't know what else to do except leave him in the fridge.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Here it is: I think this is pretty much done.  This came out about as cool as I had hoped.  I'm really happy with it.  The one problem right now is that the waterfall splashes onto the glass.  But that's not so bad.  
Here's a video.  I think my camera kept trying to focus on the glass.  It goes out of focus a lot, but you can get a good idea of what it looks like. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mostly Done

Here's an update.  After giving all of my plants a bleach treatment, I added them to the tank.  I'm pretty happy with it.  It may prove to be a bit over planted, but I can always take things out.  I don't know if the moss will stay wet enough either.  I'll have to spray it all the time.  But it looks pretty cool!
The waterfall splashes on the front glass making it hard to view. I think I'll by some wood to put in and try to "catch" the water so it doesn't splash. I also saw a grey tree frog on sale for pretty cheap, so I got him.  I now have this one, a japanese tree frog, and another that I can't remember the name.  I also put my newts in.  I think they will like it. 
Also, here's a video.  Don't mind the documentary in the background!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tanks update

I've more or less finished my new axolotl tank.  I let it settle for a week before putting him in.  Ph looks ok. And I've had a guppy in it for five days that seems to be doing well, so everything looks safe.  I've followed all the advice I've been reading online, so I think it should be fine.
One problem however is the heat.  Japanese summers are way too hot.  His water temperature should be around 20 C but lately it's been at 30 C.
I've asked at the pet shops what people in Japan do, and they told me to use frozen PET bottles.  A PET bottle melts within on hour though, and only takes the water temperature down by 3 or 4 degrees.  Since I'm at work 10 hours a day, I don't think this is going to be very effective.  I'm not sure what to do.  I don't want him to get sick. I'll try to think of something.
I've also starting finishing off the first tank I built with the waterfall.  I let it cure for over a month and though the pH is still around 8, I think that once I get the aquasoil it is and let it fun for a couple weeks, it should be fine. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ready to Plant

Here's the tank.  I think it's looking pretty good.  I didn't really think about installing the cords and hoses when I was building it.  But I think I'll be able to hid them with plants and things. 
One other thing I didn't think about was spraying foam directly onto the glass.  I wanted to spread silicone first to cover the ugly color seen from the outside.  But I got to excited about installing the bark piece.  Oh well.
I think I'm also going to have trouble getting the loose dirt off the new background.  I don't want it continuously falling off into the axolotl's water.
I installed a hose up through the top to spray out onto part of the rock.  I glued too pieces of mopani wood to it as well.  I haven't tested it yet.  If it doesn't work right, I can always disconnect it.  I'm hoping it splashes a little so I can grow moss in the areas around it; I just don't want it splashing into the dishes.  
I also got my new shelf.

No More Online Ordering

I got my last order of plants.  A couple of them are awesome.  The rest are too big!!! I guess I'll just have nice houseplants.

 This one is called a "Centipede Orchid." I can't find any info on it in English.  I think it is a native Japanese orchid. 
 Colysis wrightii
Cool looking fern.  Too big though. I don't know if I can grow it epiphytically, but it does like wet soil.  That could work. 

 Microsporum scolopendria
Another one I can't really find anything about. This one is really big too.
 Lemaphyllum microphyllum
I'm so excited about this one! I love this fern.  This will definitely grow epiphytically on the sides of the tank.  It looks awesome!
 Colysis elliptica
This one too: No info.