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Kristenna
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Talking New Axolotl Keeper

Hi there, I am new to Axolotl keeping and would love to get some advice on keeping these magnificent creatures. I currently house my two Axolotl's in a 40 gal Breeder tank. I had it cycled for a couple weeks with a fluval hang on filter that I use for my Jack Dempsey. Before my Axolotl's arrived I put a 60 gal sponge filter in for low flow of water I currently don't run any lights except for the picture obviously. I have a set of 4 fans that run above the aquarium to keep the temperature at 64-67 degrees Fahrenheit. I am using fine sand as a substrate from Carib sea I rinsed the sand many times before putting it in. I have two other aquarium's so I am familiar with the parameters needed for Axolotl's and all seems great there. When my Axolotl's arrived they were a tad smaller than I anticipated being around 3-4 inches was worried about limbs being bitin off and what not. They are eating every day bloodworms and I have tried with no success cut up night crawlers. I would love to hear some advice or suggestions from other experienced keepers.

I have recently ordered some carnivorous pellets
A tank divider
And a sponge to possibly use on a hang on filter if needed in the future
(from amazon waiting a couple days to arrive)
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Default Re: New Axolotl Keeper

Hi, as they are little, you run the risk of impaction with them being on sand, 5+ inches is the recommended size for lotls to be on sand, I've found it's hard to get them off bloodworms, so what I did was add small bits of Repashy grub pie and small pellets to their piles of bloodworms, then I would increase the amount of the food I wanted them to eat.

Feeding them like that on a plate would work better and will limit the amount of sand they are ingesting.



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Default Re: New Axolotl Keeper

Thank you for your response! I do have a dish that I feed in inside the tank would you recommend any changes in supstrate at this point to possibly bare bottom? They arrived on 9/6 and I have have seen both eat from the dish daily at this point. Before acclamating them in separate tubs apon arrival I did a feeding and a overall look over and they both ate immediately they seem healthy to me but I would love a more experienced view as well I did notice both seem to have sustained a possible injury maybe due to sibling canibalism both in the feet region. Do you have any recommendations for me?
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