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Question Housing Axolotls of Different Size

Hi everyone! I'm a new owner of an axolotl.
I have been searching the Internet for answers but I haven't found the one for my current question.
So here goes; my axie is around 5 1/2 inches in length and I want to get a second axie. Most of the axolotl breeders I've been talking to say their lotls are over four inches. Will a four inch axie be safe with my girl? I'm looking for one around her size but if worse comes to worst and four inches is the biggest they have, will they be okay together?
I do know that any younger axolotls should be bigger than the oldest axie's head to prevent cannibalism but that's about it.
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I think it depends on the attitude of your axolotls. I have three. Two that are 10 inches long (wildtype and a Lucy) and then a small juvie who is probably 5 inches (copper).

The wildtype is a savage and has to live alone, on her own side of the tank (we made a divider) and the Lucy and copper live together with no stress no biting nothing. Very chill. If I let all three of them together then I'd have two axolotls with no limbs left lol!




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Okay. Thank you! That really helps!



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The general consensus is that you keep axolotls within 1 inch of each other. If axoltols are brought up together then they are used to tank mates and are less likely to snap and cause accidental damage. It's upto you whether you think its okay to keep them together though you may experience nipping resulting in lost limbs. Aslong as you keep them well fed you shouldn't have many issues.



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