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Old 18th November 2010   #221
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Default Re: New Axolotl owner, read plenty (now: diary of Fred's new owner)

haha I'm sorry, it has turned into a monster.

I believe Fred is about one and a half years old. I kind of rescued him from a neglectful owner. He was grumpy, sat in a warm conservatory, had been kept with fish and so had gill issues and also was full of gravel.

The kind and prompt advice of the people here meant within a few weeks he was a lot healthier, now he's pretty much top form.

Barney is young, about 6-7 months old I imagine, I bought him recently as a juvenile on the day he was delivered to a pretty poor LFS in my area. I like to believe he dodged a bullet as within days, the rest of the batch were looking worse for wear.

My "new" tank is 160 litres, I use "new" as i got it second hand, in a right state full of poorly kept fish from ebay. 63 including a cabinet and everything. It's a juwel Rekord 1600, they go for about 300 new. Took a bit of cleaning, and the obvious alterations but was worth it.

Both the guys are different sizes, and Barny is a juvie, you've gotta be careful with em in the same tank sure but I believe now he's old enough not to be too big a problem.

I was very careful adding them together, they had months to get used to seeing each other through glass, then through the mesh for a few weeks, then they had an encounter with my interjecting (which there was a bit of aggression, but with hindsight I believe I caused it with the net etc.)

Sure Barney is 2/3 Fred's size, but they really love each others company, there aren't any issues. Barney was probably the most "pesky" but he tends not to want to attack Fred due to his size.

Fred believe it or not is the scaredycat, I've learnt I need to be careful turning light on too quicky or startling them as Fred appears to look at Barney as protection ironically and will dart for Barney to save him, smashing him out of the way.

In my opinion:
  • To integrate your two, when the time is right just do it carefully and patiently.
  • Use a divider so they can see, smell feel each other but can't do any harm.
  • Keep them well fed so they don't look at each other as food.
  • When they're together, relax, if you stress out, move quickly, aggravate them, they could lash out at each other.
  • Don't feed bloodworms, it's too easy to have an accident (a warning received from Ted on these forums.).
  • Don't feed bloodworms, it's too easy to have an accident (a warning received from Ted on these forums.).

A think a good indicator of when they could potentially go together is when the legs of the juvie, look to be almost the same size as the older. Even while the body is still growing the legs seem to get strong, and stop.

You really want both to be capable of receiving an accidental bite or snap even if it doesn't happen, because it could, through no fault of your own. They are pretty stupid creatures at times.

In your situation, buying 2 together probably makes sense, but you will have 2 pesky snappy juvies so just make sure that there's plenty of room, plenty of hides, plenty of "controlled" feeding (With worms, not floating bloodworms) and a nice relaxed atmosphere.

Juvies will be pesky when together, maybe snapping or attacking each other, unfortunately it's in their nature, all you can do is try and reduce the need or the opportunity.

Hope that helps, thanks for the interest.



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Old 19th November 2010   #222
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Default Re: New Axolotl owner, read plenty (now: diary of Fred's new owner)

160L comes to 42 US gallon. Mine is currently 29gal but I dont know, yours look way bigger haha. I think you have more floor space than depth. I dont think I can afford another tank, at least for now. I'll stick w one axie would you recommend 2 axie in 29g (110L)? From the way I see, the size of the tank, it can def support 2 axie but again I wouldnt know, i dont have em yet

Its not that I want 2 axie, but internet said they are pretty social so I would feel bad to have a social animal being alone...if you know what I mean



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Default Re: New Axolotl owner, read plenty (now: diary of Fred's new owner)

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Its not that I want 2 axie, but internet said they are pretty social so I would feel bad to have a social animal being alone...if you know what I mean
I just bought my first two Axo's from a petshop recently and I believe they are much happier now that they each have their own 10gallon. Both of them had damage to their gills from being kept in small tanks in high numbers and were both full of gravel. I do plan on moving them into a 75gallon in the near future but I've noticed that both are much more active without being flighty now that they are separated.

They come to the glass and follow our fingers or watch the cat and dogs moving around the room. That seems to provide a good bit of stimulation and since I've been trying to get some weight on them I doubt they get much of a chance to be lonely before i'm back at the tank with some pellets.

I wouldn't be too worried about them not "socializing" enough.... it's not like they are Love birds after all :)

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Old 22nd November 2010   #224
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I don't really agree,

Together in a large tank my axies are 100x more active than they ever were.

They are constantly touching or following each other and provide entertainment to each other for most of the day.

Now I've done it, I would not dream of separating them unless illness or something occurred.



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Default Re: New Axolotl owner, read plenty (now: diary of Fred's new owner)

Yah but how old are your axie? According to the internet, you can put them together after 1 year old but not recommended when younger than 1 year old.

The stores where I live sells them between 3-6 months old I believe so I cant take a chance to grab 2. I do have 30gallon tank so I think it can def give spaces for 2 juvi to not fight. What do you experts think??



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one is 9 months, one about a year and a half.

They are animals, I don't believe there are as defined rules as you'd believe. The key is making the environment work for them, so if they are frustrated they have somewhere to go. A decent body of water is imperative for 1 or 2 or 10 axies.

I'd be aware that almost everything on the internet about axies is speculation, or the opinion of John Claire. That's not to say that most of it isn't sage, sensible advice, but there are many many examples of people who break the "rules" yet have perfectly healthy axies.

John says 10g's is enough for 1 axie, I wholeheartedly disagree with that fact. However the rest of his advice is just about spot on, and a great read for beginners (except maybe a bit cautious on temps, most people here keep their axies at 20-21 with no issues)

Just try to picture them in the wild, and how they would be there. Back when there was an abundance of them it seems sensible that they would be able to live in harmony.

Evolution would not be kind to a creature who cannot help but eat his own mates.

Anyway I digress, 1-12 months, sure I'd separate, as I said before because the limbs are so weak, and the gills so tiny that an accidental snap (and that's what it would be) would do damage.

After that, I'm sure putting them together is the best possible thing to do. Axies appear to love company at a mature age. It's rare to find aggression without there being an underlying cause.



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Default Re: New Axolotl owner, read plenty (now: diary of Fred's new owner)

If i can afford it, i'll get 2 and if I see any aggression i'll put a mesh in between like you did until they are a bit older i guess.



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a rather humorous event last night.

I was feeding them both cut up earthworms at either end of the tank but Fred wasn't really fussed and turned around.

Once Barney had finished his, he came to hoover up Fred's left overs and between the two worms Fred was sat, with his tail inside the log.

I turned my back, and when i turned back around Barney had eaten the two worm pieces and had Fred's tail in his mouth outside of the log and was tugging at it as if to pull Fed out, who is twice his size.

Obviously he didnt get very far, and Fred didn't care less, he would have snapped or gone mad if he was angry but he just kind of looked at little Barney as if to say "get a grip man, that's my tail".

No injury in the slightest, Barney's bite must be so incredibly feable that Fred just didn't care.

So far it's only water changes and feeding time where extra care is really needed with 2 axies, they will misbehave at times, but for 99% of the time it's just continuous affection, and when it's not, it's usually because they're confused about the situation.



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a rather humorous event last night.

I was feeding them both cut up earthworms at either end of the tank but Fred wasn't really fussed and turned around.

Once Barney had finished his, he came to hoover up Fred's left overs and between the two worms Fred was sat, with his tail inside the log.

I turned my back, and when i turned back around Barney had eaten the two worm pieces and had the tip of Fred's tail in his mouth and was tugging at it as if to swallow. It does I suppose look alot like an earthworm.

Obviously he didnt get very far, and Fred didn't care less, he would have snapped or gone mad if he was angry but he just kind of looked at little Barney as if to say "get a grip man, that's my tail".

No injury in the slightest, Barney's bite must be so incredibly feable that Fred just didn't care.

I usually just hand feed them at the moment with pincers to avoid issues, but they're getting to the stage where I don't really need to. They don't fight over the same bit of food, and certainly don't think each other as food, but they are still incredibly stupid.

So far it's only water changes and feeding time where extra care is really needed with 2 axies, they will misbehave at times, but for 99% of the time it's just continuous affection, and when it's not, it's usually because they're confused about the situation.



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Default Re: New Axolotl owner, read plenty (now: diary of Fred's new owner)

Hi guys,

Just checking in to let you know that all is well.

The guys are happily getting on and living each day.

I'm still meticulous with tank husbandry and have got into a good routine, the guys are well fed and tank is always looking great.

Barney has become a real character and has much better eye sight than Fred, he's inquisitive and loves staring into the shrimp tank.

Fred has become more playful, and if anything is the more passive of the two.

The only time I have to be careful is at water change time, that really does upset them for a little while but they soon calm down.



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Default Re: New Axolotl owner, read plenty (now: diary of Fred's new owner)

This post is still going on.......boy!

I really like the colouring of your new guy and pleased to hear Fred is still healthy.



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haha yeah still going.

"The boys" are still fine, very enjoyable getting to know their personalities.

As for the bulk of my effort in the aquarium world, it's all about learning to breed shrimps atm.

Fun times.



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Default Re: New Axolotl owner, read plenty (now: diary of Fred's new owner)

Ha the story about Barney nipping Fred's tail is sweet! Alan has had a quick nip at Hoshi's tail before and to the same result, he didn't even seem to notice! Maybe it's not as sensitive at the tip of their tail? Although I'd have thought it would be, maybe even more so!



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