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Old 8th February 2019   #1
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Default New Baby Axolotl + Temperature questions!

Recieved my little baby on Wednesday and I love them so much! Wanted to pick a name that could be for either a male or female, so I chose the name Ramsey <3 Also that is the name of one of the T-rex from the Good Dinosaur
I'm not exactly sure how to add pictures to my posts, so I hope this work!
Edit: it didn't so here's some direct links
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The last one is a video. He's about 2 inches!
I know it appears dirty, but it's not. There's small pieces of java moss that broke off and scattered about. I will also eventually add sand when I feel it's safe for him


I also am wondering about how warmer water (70F- 75F) really affects an axolotl. I've heard that need a temperature from 60F 10 68F and that they'll eventually die if it gets above that. But I've also come across quite a few others who say they've kept their axolotls for years all the way up to 73F 74F and they were fine as long as you have really good water quality.
This is very confusing! My water temperature generally stays around 70F to 74F depending on how hot it is that day without an AC on, so I don't think I'll have a problem keeping it cool enough for the little guy if I just keep it on all the time. Still, I don't want to kill it! I didn't realize how cool they needed to be and I'm not sure when I could afford a chiller so I'd like to know if it'll be okay or not for now



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Default Re: New Baby Axolotl + Temperature questions!

Absolutely not. Temperature may not KILL the axolotl in the 73-74 range but it causes lots of stress on the animal, which many uninformed owners may not see. Keeping it in the 60 degree range is the best to keep your axolotl happy and healthy.



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Default Re: New Baby Axolotl + Temperature questions!

Alright thank you! I don't have a problem keeping the temperature low enough for now and I will get a chiller for the little guy as soon as I can afford it



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Default Re: New Baby Axolotl + Temperature questions!

Having a fan pointed at the water surface is another cheaper option for keeping the tank cool, there are designated aquarium fans or you can use a regular desktop fan. You still may need to invest in a cooler if it doesn't bring the temp down enough but it's worth looking into!



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