épuisette aquarium

USEFUL EQUIPMENT

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A landing net , and an algae squeegee, a micro-fiber or simply a new sponge with a white side to scratch that will only be used in the aquarium, you also have the magic sponges that I particularly like. Choose a landing net adapted to the estimated size of your axolotls once they are adults (so you don't have to buy one a few months later!). Personally I prefer to grab them by hand (more precisely with both hands) to prevent them from getting stuck on a gill or twisting a finger etc. Obviously always wash your hands well before introducing them into the aquarium otherwise pathogenic elements are introduced.

  • A vacuum cleaner or a simple transparent flexible hose (cut in any DIY store) to siphon the waste (see on youtube channel how to do this, link at each top of the page).

  • An aerator (we also say "bubbler" or "air pump"): do not forget the flexible tube, preferably silicone, and the stone! The aerator is optional in a properly planted tank and if the water is well stirred (example: clearly visible movement created on the surface by the ejection of water through the filter). This especially for people who have unfortunately decided not to put real plants in their aquarium or also useful in "hospital" containers. A bubbler also consumes oxygen, its usefulness remains mainly decorative (although a source of stress for many axolotls), in a properly planted aquarium it is of little use.

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Here are the basic tests to absolutely have: NO2 and NO3, Ph, Gh, Kh, (to push a little further the tests Po4 and Nh3, phosphates and pure ammonia). The tests can be bought individually; you don't necessarily have to invest in a case.
The ideal JBL brand drop tests you can also use the new Proscan JBL test which also provides elements on CO2, chlorine and Gh (GH = sum of ph and Kh), but to be done in the morning light for a good definition of the colors and the no2 and no3 are unreliable.

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tests to check the parameters of your water

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Use the JBL drop tests for no2 and no3 with this test using the phone

  • A bucket for the exclusive use of aquas (and not for washing the floor), a thermometer.

  • Plastic bins for example storage bins sold in stores like Gi * y or La foiref *** lle: many use tupperware but larger bins are still much more comfortable for your kitties. Why ? the height that prevents your axolotl from jumping out of the water, and a little bigger space to avoid any stress. If it is for a simple 15/20 treatment, minutes do not need a lot of space, but if it is necessary to stay there for a week or more for X reasons, it is essential.

cleaning sponges

These sponges are particularly useful for cleaning the walls of your aquarium without having to scrub! Do not take that of the brand Mr Pr **** (for example) which they contain a foaming product)

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And this is what a quarantine or care tank looks like! You see they have room to stretch their legs. When we talk about "tupp" it is not a tiny little food tray that will waste your axo instead of healing it.

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Bottom vacuums

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bulleur aquarium
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Montmorillonite clay : useless with your axolotls and increases the minerality of the water

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It is a mineral composed of hydrated aluminum silicate and magnesium. Belonging to the group of smectites, family of phyllosilicates.

clay in general is a good magnet of heavy metals and harmful water inputs
it has a major defect, it makes the water cloudy and can clog the filters. Which is a shame because some people use it as a flocculant (to clarify the water) but apart from in a basin, cloudy water is not normal, and we must therefore find the cause (Gh too high, pollution of the water).

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Composition:

  • Si (Silicon), the main nutrient in the construction of the exoskeleton of shrimp. The shrimp shell will be hardened after the moulting period.

  • Mg (magnesium), activator of several enzymatic systems, also promotes digestion of shrimp.

  • Ca (calcium), essential in improving the osmoregulation of shrimp.

Montmorillonite is a clay beneficial to shrimps mainly, helping them to moult and fortify their shell, it contains minerals beneficial for their health. Improves their coloring, helps eliminate pollutants (natural ion exchanger). Use 10 g for 2000 liters of (0.5g for 100 liters of at per week. Inexpensive product.

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But what is there in the clay? ... well there you go ... And it can help to choose the right one according to what you are looking for as a result but also according to the population of the bac .. . some (like axolotls) do not support iron or copper ... you might as well avoid adding too much.

A healthy aquarium doesn't need any additions.

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