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post #21 of 28 Old 12-29-2006, 07:01 PM
This is from mikes website
this tank contains a sea-turtle. the tank is awsome i would love to see it in person
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post #22 of 28 Old 12-29-2006, 11:21 PM
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What an adorable salamander, Dawn! The problem with pets like that is I like to 'touch' and they're fairly delicate, aren't they? I don't seem to have a problem keeping my hands off the fish (lol), but show me an amphibian or a reptile and I want to hold it!

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post #23 of 28 Old 12-31-2006, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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For starters, that tank would never hold a sea turtle for long, they get way too big. Sea turtles are endangered and protected, so its not legal to own one as a pet.
A saltwater viavrium is a lot of fun, I've done that before. There are actually a handful of fish that can work very well in a saltwater vivarium, and if speaking in terms of land critters, the mudskippers are awesome for that. They are technically brackish, which makes things easier and less "exact" than saltwater, and just as much fun. In a vivarium like that, you're also looking at the anibleps (not to be mixed with mudskippers), which can go full saltwater if need be. There are fish such as scats, puffers, knight gobys, bumble bee gobys, and chromides that can all be kept in brackish conditions in a vivarium if the water level is deep enough and enough filtration is offered. Important to note that in saltwater, even with a vivarium, circulation is extremely important, so plan at least 1 power head besides filter. Because vivariums tend to be heavily planted, brackish would also make this easier. Java fern and anubias can be acclimated to brackish conditions if its done slowly enough, as can some of the crypt plants. Crypt wendtii is one that can grow amphibias, up out of the water. Mangrove are also popular for brackish and saltwater vivarium situations, and will also need to grow up out of the water, where only root system & lower part of plant is submerged.
Anyone who wants more details about salt or brackish water vivarium, please start a new thread so it's easier for everyone to find the topic and follow it.

Tracy, thanks for the compliment! He's really a sweet little guy. I also like pets I can touch, and is why I pet my fish and play with the salamander quite often. A salamander isn't quite as delicate as a newt, and they do come out of the water to dry out a bit now and again. A newt must stay wet, the salamander, I just keep my hands wet and he does fine. Since the revamp of his tank, he spends a lot more time out of the water now, exploring every place he can find between plants and glass and rocks. He has done some rearranging of his own, but as the plants are taking root (nicely, too!), he's settling them into what will become their permanent location in his tank. Surprisingly, the 4 leaf clover plant is doing best of them all. Rob put a tri lux bulb in the fixture for me, and it is thriving. It it continues at this rate, I'll have plenty of plants to trade in about a month or so. I may replace the micro sword with java moss because that seems to be where the salamander likes to "bed down" the most.

Fish_4_all, what you're probably catching on nightcrawlers is mudpuppies... unmorphed salamanders. Axolotls tend to be native to the Great Lakes area, with colder water and climate. The axolotl is no different than a mudpuppie other than it never morphs into a salamander, and prefers colder water all the time, where a salamander and mudpuppy can thrive in slightly warmer water. Mudpuppys morph at a slow rate, so can stay in that juvenile stage for years before turning into salamanders.

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Juneau, WI
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post #24 of 28 Old 01-02-2007, 11:57 AM
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Lovely vivarium and sally.
like the plants they have added more softer look,
very pleasing to the eye. :)
i enjoyed looking at the pics.
thank you for sharing.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #25 of 28 Old 01-05-2007, 06:29 AM
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Beautiful vivaiumr and cute salamamder. Good job. Well done. :D
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post #26 of 28 Old 01-12-2007, 11:00 PM
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Very nice...
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post #27 of 28 Old 02-07-2007, 04:47 PM
HII =) i love the tank! and i have 3 firebellys in a 20 gallon long tank, but i wanted to transfer them over to a 10 gallon like yours because they just stay in the water bowl most of the time, so so point to all the land!
i was just wondering....how did you make your water fall?
are they just rocks from outside? or store bought? and how is the filter running through and such?
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post #28 of 28 Old 04-06-2007, 01:38 AM
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i LOOOVVVEEEE the water fall, thats similar to what i want if i had a vivarium set up, have you attatched the rocks together with silicon or anything? or are they just sitting there, if so have you used egg crate under the rocks? have you had any of them fall?

i wish salamanders were more readily available in australia.....
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