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Hello, I just got a new axolotl and it's a young one!


It's only about two inches long and so I have a few questions:

How often and how much should I feed it? I only have bloodworms and small pellets.

If the tank is in a range of 62*F - 68*F is that okay?

My little axie threw up the other day.. could that be because I possibly over fed it?


I need any and all housing tips and also if anyone has any good exotic pet names I would like to hear them! =]



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Welcome to the forum!

You should feed it daily. Try to get some small chunks of earthworms. You'll have to cut them up. But they're one of the best foods you can feed to your little dude.

62-68F is the perfect temperature!

Throwing up could be from overfeeding. It's usually recommended to feed them whatever they can eat in 15 minutes. When they're little, sometimes they eat to bursting, and end up throwing it back up.

Have you checked out the axolotl site yet? It's a great place to get your basic information about housing and feeding and such. Also, the axolotl section of this forum is very welcoming and full of great information. There are thousands of posts with pictures of tanks and helpful advice.



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Thank you for the information. I definitely have visited the site you posted many many many times before I purchased my axolotl. =] It was so helpful!


So when feeding my little guy, I should keep offering him bloodworms until he refuses them? Is that how that works? Or just feed him a small blood worm or two each day?


And after he threw up that one time, his insides looked more red than purple and I've been pretty worried about it.

I checked on him today and he looked a little better, but I'm still not too sure what to do...

Thanks, again though =]



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You should be feeding him more than a bloodworm or two. Offer him as many as he can eat in ~10 minutes. If it looks like he gets too bloated from it, cut back a little. But when they're small, they grow quickly and need lots of food.

If he's light, his insides will be visible, and the color will vary depending on what he's eaten and how active he is.



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Thank you again for answering all of my questions =]


Here is a picture of the little guy:


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As lovely as it is, your substrate has to go!

Gravel of that size is particularly dangerous to axolotls. They can accidentally (or sometimes on purpose) ingest it, and it can cause intestinal blockages, called impactions.

Impaction is very serious, and in many cases it can be fatal!

The best substrate to have is a fine sand. Many members use children's play sand. But you can also use large stones (bigger than your axolotls head, keeping in mind that it can be 12 inches long as an adult), or slate. Sand is easiest to keep clean in my opinion.



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Yeah. I didn't know that until I got on this website. Lol.
But yesterday I got rid of all of the gravel and had to instead put in some glass stones.

They are bigger than my axies head currently, but I am looking to get some sand.

I live in a really small town that doesn't have any place to get sand. I couldn't even find any at Walmart..

Do you have any suggestions as to a good website that sells good sand?



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What about a home depot or lowe's? They will sell pool filter sand or play sand.



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Ah.. Good idea. The closest thing we have is a Barnetts Do-It Center. Lol.
I think it's just a local McCook, NE. Thing.


I shall go check though.
Thanks!



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Also, for a 20 gallon tank how much sand is required?



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The bags are typically sold by the pound in either 20 or 50 lb bags. I would advise to buy the 50 pound bag, because after rinsing and rinsing and rinsing, you are going to lose a good deal of the finer particles. Keep in mind it will still be pretty cheap for a 50 pound bag of play sand.



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Alright, awesome.
I'm going to go shopping around town today to see if I have any luck.


If not is there any type of sand on the internet I should avoid?


Thanks for all of your help!



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"Sand Alternatively, you might like to stick to using sand as substrate. Sand is made of minerals and tiny pieces of rock that have come from the erosion and weathering of rocks. The composition of sand varies from place to place depending on the sources and conditions of the local rocks. The most common constituent of sand in inland continental settings (e.g. deserts) and non-tropical coastal settings (e.g. beaches), is silica (silicon dioxide SiO2), often in the form of quartz.

The most suitable for aquarium use by far is silica based sand. Marine sand which is made up of coral that has passed through the digestion system of the parrot fish should not be used in freshwater applications, as it causes severe shifts in water hardness and alkalinity.

Arkose is a sand or sandstone with a high content of feldspar (an Aluminum Silicate), usually derived from the weathering and erosion of nearby granite. Feldspar has a negligible solubility in water so aluminum toxicity risk is at a minimum, however, this sand should be avoided as it is likely to contain various forms of lead and copper.

Natural black sand is comprised of mostly basalt and obsidian, and is safe to use. Natural white sand is mostly silica and is also safe to use. Most commercially available sands for pet trade use are made from one of these two.

Most commercial sands are thoroughly washed and sifted. These are sold by many sizes and grades. Sedimentary based sands containing high amounts of shale should be avoided. Silica and quartzite based sands are perfectly safe, as long as they have not been premixed with dangerous substances like Portland cement or lime. An acid test with muretic acid should be used to determine the safety of the sand. If it fizzes in the presence of an acid, it is unsuitable for aquarium use.

Play sand is an inexpensive option to many axolotl keepers, however, one must keep in mind it will need to be very carefully washed and sifted prior to use. It should also be tested with a magnet for the presence of iron oxides that can cause damage to your expensive filtration systems. Any sand showing any magnetic particles should be exempted from aquarium use.

Sand sold for use in the construction trades should be avoided, as should sand designed for use in swimming pool filtration systems. These sands are often chemically treated, or contain undesirable substances for aquarium use.

Most commercial sands sold for freshwater use in the pet trade are completely safe to use after washing. Sands sold for terrestrial enclosures, or “reptile safe“sand should be avoided as they are often various forms of limestone and can wreak havoc on water quality. One should be careful not to use sand at a depth greater than 2cm, as this can lead to detrimental effects from anaerobic bacterial action, causing formation of gas pockets. These gas pockets when stirred and disturbed, release an unpleasant odour and can also cause dark streaking bands to form across the substrate layer."


From http://www.caudata.org/axolotl-sanctuary/Aquascape.shtml

That article says to avoid pool filter sand, but most Axolotl owners who have used it have had no problem. I would look at any labels to make sure nothing has been added.



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Wow, that was awesome.
Thank you so much =]



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Another thing to be mindful of, and I don't know if this is mentioned on the Aquascaping article, is to not make a thick layer of sand. Less than an inch is plenty adequate!



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Im just curious as to if you have somewhere for you axie to hide?

I cant see if you do from the photo's is all.

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Yes, sir I do!
It's a little castle. Loves the thing =]



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