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Old 26th May 2006   #1
katy
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I kept two axolotls a couple of years ago and loved them to bits. Unfortunately they died due to a fungal infection, and I've decided I can no longer live without another.

I'm planning on only getting one this time, and he'll live in my 2ft tank.

My question is: what do you recommend as substrate? I used a combination of sand and river rocks before and it was hell to keep clean. I was looking at using slate tiles or chunks - does anyone have any experience (or pictures) with this? I was also wondering at making a latex 'fake rock' covering for the bottom and maybe the back. What do you think of this? Or maybe if I just used plain sand it would work better?

Thanks for any help! Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 27th May 2006   #2
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well, I have little experience with axolts (only in my favorite class of the day BIOLOGY) but I think that rocks would be a ok substrate to keep as long as the pebbles are not to small for them to swallow or to big for them to choke on...but I would recomend sand....I have also seen bare axolt tanks....Slate rocks work really well too....GoOd LuCk...Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 27th May 2006   #3
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some of us use nothing, just a glass floor, its way easy to keep clean. feeding is so simple, i chuck in 6 worms a day and they find em in no time.



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Old 28th May 2006   #4
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The simplest substrate would be a thin layer of plain (fine) sand. You can use pool filter sand, beach sand, play sand, etc., but be sure it is rinsed well (VERY well) before putting it in the tank. If you look through the old posts in the "axolotl gallery" section of the forum, you'll find lots of photos with various kinds of sand. If the color seems to monotonous, you can dress it up with some colorful rocks (too large for swallowing).



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Old 24th August 2006   #5
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hey there
i currently have a 2ft tank and was wondering what axolotls natural habitat consists of?
Is it volcanic or smooth river or slate or what?
Cheers
Adam



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Old 26th August 2006   #6
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I believe they live in lakes with a mud-bottom.



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