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Old 6th April 2019   #1
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Default Would this be an okay starter tank for an axolotl?

This is my first post on here and I just started to look into getting an axolotl. I was just wondering if this tank would be a good startup tank - Aqua Culture 20-Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit With LED - it's only available at Walmart and it would be the easiest way to get one. Anything will help.



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If your lotl is just a few inches big, that should be okay until it grows bigger. I also recommend that you order a sponge filter rated for a 40-50gal tank or a nicer HOB or cannister filter instead of using the cheap walmart HOB filters, they are unreliable and cheaply made.



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What would be a good starter tank for an adult lotl?



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Old 7th April 2019   #4
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Default Re: Would this be an okay starter tank for an axolotl?

I believe the tank you specified is a 20gal tall. There is less floor space in a 20 tall than a 20 long. If you're getting an adult, a 20 long is the better option.

If you are hard pressed to find a 20 long, a lot of people use storage tubs/totes as make-shift tanks. I've done this myself, and it works great. Just make sure you don't over-fill them because if there is too much water and the sides are bulging out too much, the plastic can stress and crack.



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Default Re: Would this be an okay starter tank for an axolotl?

The largest tank you can comfortably afford is the answer for any species you keep.

It is always a good idea to find out the minimum size for an aquarium kept pet then double it if you can



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I believe the tank you specified is a 20gal tall. There is less floor space in a 20 tall than a 20 long. If you're getting an adult, a 20 long is the better option.

If you are hard pressed to find a 20 long, a lot of people use storage tubs/totes as make-shift tanks. I've done this myself, and it works great. Just make sure you don't over-fill them because if there is too much water and the sides are bulging out too much, the plastic can stress and crack.

I don't believe any species should live in a tote.... if you can, di your best to stimulate its natural environment



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I don't believe any species should live in a tote.... if you can, di your best to stimulate its natural environment
A tote is the same idea as a tank, just different material, plastic instead of glass. I donít keep any axies in tiny shoeboxes, if thatís what youíre thinking. Iím talking about the huge, extra durable storage bins, the right one can be a great alternative to a 30/40gal tank. The flat under the bed ones are wonderful lowboy tank alternatives for juries. Plastic totes/bins are also easier to clean in my experience.



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