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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-26-2008, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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I've been thinking about getting a pair of Axolotls. I have searched for all the information I can get but I would like to know if any of you have information on them. I'm not planning on getting them until September or so but i would appreciate any help I can get on caring for them as the more information I can get the better for preparing.

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I haven't had them, but I know they should not be kept with fish.
Fish have a tendensy to nipple at their gills (spelled) and sometimes you can see axolotls in fishtanks with fish, that can hardly breed because of this.

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breathe or breed?

I haven't heard much about them, good luck looking for info

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Yeah i heard that they can only live with other axolotls because of their gills and because they tend to eat anything that can fit in their mouths. One of my main issues is that in some places I read that they should be kept without any type of gravel but in others I have read that this can be stressful in the long run as they can't grip the bottom of glass tanks and that big gravel is the way to go. Does anyone know which one is best? And how would I keep them at a low water temperature during summer? Also what filter would be best for a minimum water flow?

Those are my main issues but any information about them is helpful. Again thanks for the responses.

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Hmm maybe big pieces of slate or something that they can't try and eat?

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I've kept juvenile salamanders, while not quite the same as axolotls, they have similar care needs. I kept the bottom of the tank mostly bare, but used thin slats of rock and a floating piece of cork bark to give them some place to feel more secure. They should not really be kept with any other animals. Keeping the water immaculate and oxygenated is important, so keeping the setup as simple as possible makes cleaning less of a hassle.

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the slates are a good idea, thanks. ^^ I'll keep that in mind when I start setting up the tank.

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when i had mine, the bottom was those large marbles you can buy for fish. too big for the axi to put in their mouth, and plus they're pretty.

they're also quite easy to clean because of the smoothness.


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