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Bought my First 2 axies today

This is a discussion on Bought my First 2 axies today within the Axolotl tank set-ups, filters, substrate forums, part of the Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) category; Or Should say rescued my first 2 axies. The LFS had them sitting in a water temp close to tropical ...

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Old 4th March 2006   #1 (permalink)
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Or Should say rescued my first 2 axies. The LFS had them sitting in a water temp close to tropical and they looked stressed. They are now in their new home but I guess it will take a while for them to settle. I am new to this and any suggestions would be welcome. They just lay still and wont eat. I have only got pellets at the moment.Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 4th March 2006   #2 (permalink)
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take the pebbles out. the axies are likely to swallow them and get very ill or in some cases die. your better of with sand or just a bare bottom. i have sand and its great!Click the image to open in full size. good work on rescuing the axies!



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Old 4th March 2006   #3 (permalink)
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The pebbles are at least 1-2cm I don't want them choking though so I will remove them but in the wild wouldn't they have small rocks everywhere?



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Old 4th March 2006   #4 (permalink)
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i think its sandy/muddy in the wild?

best to remove the stones, adult axies can eat em so dont wana risk it aye. might even see them poop some out if they were kept on them at the LFS.

btw your tank looks great, good to see you got the whole chiller thing going!



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Old 4th March 2006   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you ok I will remove them and Look for sand tomorrow.



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Old 4th March 2006   #6 (permalink)
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Removed all pebbles today I think I will go for the bare bottom look and see how it goes. They are still not eating. I even offered bloodworm and they ignored it.



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Old 5th March 2006   #7 (permalink)
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give em time, moving homes is stressfull. keep movement around the tank to a minimum and try to leave the tank alone and you should see them become curious little creatures in no time!



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Old 6th March 2006   #8 (permalink)
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yea mine took about a week to eat when i got them.



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Old 6th March 2006   #9 (permalink)
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Ziggy refused to eat for three days when he arrived, but even then only tiny amounts. Two weeks later he's perfect! (He was very poorly too... Meth blue half dose sorted him out, as he was coming down with an infection where another axie had ripped his hind foot off...It's growing back now)



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Old 7th March 2006   #10 (permalink)
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Last night I offered a tiny piece of raw mince and they nearly took my finger to get it. We got some beef heart which they accepted but after one piece they are not interested. Do Axolotls swallow or chew? he looks as if he is holding it inside his mouth.



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Old 7th March 2006   #11 (permalink)
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Heres a new pic of tank with no gravel and Yoda and Worf Click the image to open in full size.

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Old 8th March 2006   #12 (permalink)
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Looking good Robert.
Your axies look good in there, very cute!!! Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 8th March 2006   #13 (permalink)
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in the bottom pic it looks like your axies checking itself out in the reflection lol!. looks good robert.



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Old 8th March 2006   #14 (permalink)
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they cant chew i dont think, they swallow whole. though i must admit they do look like they chew it! tank looks great! worms might also tempt your little ones too.



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Old 8th March 2006   #15 (permalink)
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They amuse me when they eat - they snap it up, catch it with those tiny teeth, and then lob it backwards whole down their throats...

I've been bitten a few times - it doesn't hurt because all they can do is grip with their teeth - they're not made to chew lol.
Kind of a bizarre feeling - but they let go pretty quick.

Ziggy likes snapping at me.



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Old 9th March 2006   #16 (permalink)
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LOL they will snap at anything! LOL
Nets, turkey basters, fingers.

They just suck. Thats all they do

Click the image to open in full size. so cute, but yet gross at the same time LOL



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Old 11th March 2006   #17 (permalink)
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LOL Changed the tank again added sand and put rocks each end.Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 27th April 2006   #18 (permalink)
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Hee Hee! I've been inspired by your new tank! I'm getting a couple of lotties shortly, a wild one and a pink one. Seeing what you did with your tank gave me some lovely ideas, cheers dude! Definitely going for the sand plus smooth stones combo. Can't wait! Sadly have had a small delay so instead of tomorrow it's going to be Tuesday but it will just make it better when they do come home with me.

Nice one!

Cute yet gross? Nearly...I reckon spooky yet cute.

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Old 28th April 2006   #19 (permalink)
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dont forget to cycle your tank first! much less work without animals in it, less water changes Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 30th April 2006   #20 (permalink)
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Can u please tell me wat exactly cycling is i never did it wen i first got my axies and i think i should of



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