Axolotls are unique and cute creatures which, despite them being exotic, you can own as pets! But if you are interested in owning an axolotl of your own, you might be wondering where you should be looking.
From the home that you keep it into the food that you feed it, the axolotl is a complicated creature that requires some strange specifications in its care. This leaves them vulnerable, especially at a young age, to things that will cause abrasions on the skin like crawling across the ground.
Being out of water makes this slime coat dry up and will leave the axolotls sensitive skin open to the dangers of the world around it. Tank Size Axolotls can reach just over a foot in length which is quite long for a salamander. Unlike reptiles you do not want to keep your axolotl in the sun , this is actually detrimental to them.
This cool temperature is most similar to its natural living environment in the wild so try to keep it within this range as much as you can. You want to put gravel at the bottom of your tank to give the axolotl the strength to grab onto the floor as it crawls forward. The cause for concern here is that axolotls arent always the smartest creatures, as a result, they may eat the gravel if it is small enough.
Get gravel that is large so that the axolotl can still have the rough rocky terrain to crawl over but you wont have to worry about it eating the rocks you put in its tank. One of the biggest mistakes that an axolotl owner can make is getting the wrong size of gravel. However, it is better for the axolotl to struggle than for them to ruin their digestive tract by eating something they werent supposed to.
One, since the axolotl has a load of extremities you dont want the filter somewhere that it will get caught and lose part of its body. Shelter Finally, there is some extra protective gear that you will want to have for your axolotls tank. As such youll hear stories of axolotls that have jumped out of their tanks and were left out for hours before their owners noticed.
Luckily axolotls arent crazy picky eaters they are able to eat several types of meat from strips of beef to earthworms. So most local pet stores will have aquatic food options that will work to serve up a quick meal to your axolotl. Simple Lucy axolotls, the white and pink colored ones, bought at a juvenile age cost about $20.
The cost of the pet itself is not all, after getting a suitable tank and material expect to spend at least another $70 getting the correct equipment to deck out your little guys place. In fact, due to the strong cannibalistic tendencies of the youth axolotls should be kept separate until they are at least 5 inches long. Generally, youll find axolotls live up to ten years long.
The leading causes of stress for an axolotl are moving in the tank, if there isnt gravel that may be the problem, or going through their metamorphosis. The other concerns you need to worry about for the axolotl are the temperature of the water, whether they are getting to much sun or not, and if they are eating what you are giving them. This allows for a fast reproductive cycle so long as you have two axolotls of differing genders.
At this point, you will want to remove the parent axolotls from the tank as they will eat their young. While you arent able to hold them due to their sensitive skins they are easy to maintain and keep in captivity. Since axolotls live for a long time and are confined to a tank, you will have a consistent companion that you will always know where to find.
A new aquarium and filter should be allowed to cycle for several weeks prior to the introduction of Axolotls. This is to allow the water conditions to settle and most importantly, for the filtration of bacteria to develop. Be sure to keep an eye on water parameters using the test kits sold at aquarium stores.
Many people think that axolotls are aggressive with each other and shouldn’t be housed in the same tank. There are some important rules to follow when keeping tank mates but axolotls are not typically aggressive (just aggressive eaters). Don’t: House axolotls that are more than 1 inch apart in size. Axolotls have poor eyesight and Continue reading Housing Axolotls Together
Feeding So I thought I would put together a guide on step-by-step instructions on how to make Repashy worms (there is a video but it’s kind of long and I say “um” ALOT). Tank Care & Water Quality I‘m personally a big advocate of live plants in any aquatic environment (fish, amphibians, reptiles, etc).
Indian Almond Leaves are great for helping prevent disease and promote water quality by producing “blackwater”.
Axolotls can reach just over a foot in length which is quite long for a salamander.A tank like this one is a good option. You won’t need the tank completely filled with water but there should be enough water to cover the axolotl length vertically.This cool temperature is most similar to its natural living environment in the wild so try to keep it within this range as much as you can.
One of the biggest mistakes that an axolotl owner can make is getting the wrong size of gravel.You want toHere’s an example of gravel that could work for axolotl since it gives them something to grip onto as they move.Axolotl’s eating gravel is one of the leading causes of them dying as the rocks they eat will clog their digestive tract and may eventually kill them.Get gravel that is large so that the axolotl can still have the rough rocky terrain to crawl over but you won’t have to worry about it eating the rocks you put in its tank.If you can’t get large gravel it is suggested that you leave the bottom of the tank bare as that is safer than using small gravel for the axolotl.The concern of using no gravel is that the bottom of the tank is slick and can cause stress on the movement of the axolotl due to the limited amount of grip they will have on the glass bottom of the tank.However, it is better for the axolotl to struggle than for them to ruin their digestive tract by eating something they weren’t supposed to.
You’ll want a filter to keep your water clean. If you don’t have a filter then you’ll need to manually change out the water and you’ll have to do it frequently as well. This is so frustrating, trust me and just get a tank filter.When buying a filter there are two things you need to look out for. One, since the axolotl has a load of extremities you don’t want the filter somewhere that it will get caught and lose part of its body.Similarly, you’ll want to try to keep the strength of the filter low as that will prevent the axolotl from accidentally getting caught in the stream of water being sucked into the filter.
Finally, there is some extra protective gear that you will want to have for your axolotl’s tank. The first is a necessity but still falls into the category of shelter, and that is a tank cover.Axolotls have the natural instinct to shoot up and dart away when it is startled. As such you’ll hear stories of axolotls that have jumped out of their tanks and were left out for hours before their owners noticed. Don’t risk this. Keep your pet safe and by a tank cover.And second, you will want to have a little hideout for the axolotl to escape the sun. Since
Cost of Buying an Axolotl
Luckily axolotls aren’t crazy picky eaters they are able to eat several types of meat from strips of beef to earthworms. As such, the axolotl has an extensive list of what it could be fed. Which allows for many place to grab food for your axolotl.Generally, axolotls are easygoing. So, feed them enough food and they should be raring to go for you to so off on display. Just be careful about any dangerous parasites in wild-caught prey to the axolotl.This means all food should come from a pet store when available. Especially when we are talking about fish, amphibians, and worms. It is not a good idea to feed your pet axolotl things which you have caught yourself. avoid that as much as possible.When buying food for an axolotl you don’t need to get food specified for an axolotl. Since they have such a large range of food which they can eat you can feed them anything on this list above. So most local pet stores will have aquatic food options that will work to serve up a quick meal to your axolotl.For some specific axolotl, food options try these salmon pellets found at Amazon, or you can look at the selection found on buy-axolotls.com.
Other Tank Guests
At 5 inches, the axolotls are generally mature enough to get over their cannibalistic ways. If you see any signs of one axolotl hurting another one in the cage then remove them immediately into separate cages, that way you won’t have to worry about one axolotl hurting the other.Since axolotls have a very high regeneration ability separating them before any serious damage has been done will likely allow both axolotls to heal up and likely survive through the experience.The benefit to having two axolotls together is that you can breed them so long as they are of opposite genders.To avoid this just leave the axolotl alone. Or if need be you can drop his food into the tank when he is hungry, but generally, you’ll want to leave them to themselves.
Axolotls can live over 20 years but that is incredibly rare.The life span of axolotls will decrease depending on certain factors. One factor is if it eats anything it is not supposed to as this can majorly inhibit its life span. Another factor is whether or not the axolotl goes through a metamorphosis to gain a terrestrial form.This process is similar to puberty in humans but the process is not necessary for the axolotl and it can put an undue amount of stress onto the axolotl causing it to have a shorter life span.
The biggest problems that axolotls will face are either digestive problems caused by them eating something they weren’t supposed to or problems caused by an undue amount of stress.The leading causes of stress for an axolotl are moving in the tank, if there isn’t gravel that may be the problem, or going through their metamorphosis. This change of the axolotl’s body is a heavily stressful event.The other concerns you need to worry about for the axolotl are the temperature of the water, whether they are getting to much sun or not, and if they are eating what you are giving them.
Axolotls will reach their sexual maturity after about 12 months of age. This allows for a fast reproductive cycle so long as you have two axolotls of differing genders.Axolotls will lay 200 to 600 eggs on the leaves of a plant. At this point, you will want to remove the parent axolotls from the tank as they will eat their young. After about two weeks these eggs will hatch into tadpole-looking creatures.Despite hatching, the babies will stay attached to the leaves they were born on for another two weeks.At these two weeks of age, they will start to search for food. It’s important that there is plenty around at the young and juvenile axolotls will eat each other.Because of this as well as a variety of other factors axolotls have a high mortality rate with about 97% fatalities.
Behavior and Temperament
Axolotls are incredibly friendly creatures. While you aren’t able to hold them due to their sensitive skins they are easy to maintain and keep in captivity.In fact, they are so well behaved generally that they are known to be the creature that we have the oldest records of being kept in captivity.Axolotls are often used for experiments since they have such an incredible regeneration ability, as such there is a multitude of axolotls that are kept in labs for testing.They are well-behaved creatures and as long as they are feed and separated from anything they might harm or that might harm it they’ll be fine.
Why Choose an Axolotl?
If your considering a pet thenFurther than that the axolotl has one of the strongest regenerative abilities in the world. They can regrow their limbs back as many times as they want. This means that should your axolotl run into injury somehow it should be able to heal itself.Finally and most importantly they are adorable. They are low-maintenance pets that you can grow close to while still allowing them to sit on your shelf and look amazing. Maybe I didn’t convince you. Oh well, better play my trump card.
Earthworms for your Axolotl
Here we go! The BIG WORM POST! If you don’t want to use a gel food like Repashy the best thing you can feed your axolotl are earthworms (these are far superior in nutrition than frozen foods or feeder fish). Keep in mind that axolotls don’t chew their food and most large earthworms need to… Continue reading Earthworms for your Axolotl
Probably one of the most important articles on this website and I‘m going to try to give you a full understanding of the cycling process and not overwhelm you. What is “cycling”? Cycling a tank is the NATURAL process of building good bacteria to break down waste in your tank. When a tank is considered… Continue reading Tank Cycling
Step-by-Step: Repashy Worms
So I thought I would put together a guide on step-by-step instructions on how to make Repashy worms (there is a video but it’s kind of long and I say “um” ALOT). You can purchase Repashy or a Repashy Worm kit from our online store Items you will need: Repashy Gel Food: Meat Pie or… Continue reading Step-by-Step: Repashy Worms
Live Plants for Your Axolotl
I‘m personally a big advocate of live plants in any aquatic environment (fish, amphibians, reptiles, etc). However choosing the right plants for your setup is very important because different plants need different things to thrive. If you have an axolotl tank you typically have cool water and low lighting so if you put in a… Continue reading Live Plants for Your Axolotl
Indian Almond Leaves For Your Axolotl
Indian Almond Leaves aren’t necessarily an essential for caring for your axolotl but they do help A LOT! Indian Almond Leaves are great for helping prevent disease and promote water quality by producing “blackwater”. (Do not use if your water is acidic) Tannins- Just like driftwood and peat, Indian almond leaves release ample amounts of… Continue reading Indian Almond Leaves For Your Axolotl
Diet & Feeding
Axolotls primarily eat worms and insects. Sub-Adult and Adult Axolotls thrive on a diet of earthworms while juveniles and babies will have a varied diet to to their small size and amount of growing they need to do. Hatchlings – Freshly hatched baby brine shrimp, live daphnia or microworms (not recommended). Feed twice daily. Babies… Continue reading Diet & Feeding