I have no idea how old mine are, It is at least their second owner. They are kept out in my shed so they experience the seasonal temperatures. I do however move them into a cooler, shaded spot at the height of summer. Winter time they are insulated to protect them from the lowest temperatures, though this year I didn't need to. As soon as the males hop into water I move them into a bigger water filled tub and they did the rest. Hopefully next year yours will co-operate
The egg mass is slowly emptying and breaking down. It seems to attract a lot of the insects and they get trapped, making it all rather messy I have fished out about ten of the larvae to raise separately. The rest will stay in the tub.
The larvae are still hatching, I suspect I may have about 10 or so still to pop. The water temperature is about 11 degrees celsius.
I had taken 10 larvae indoors to raise, but these started dying off, I suspect the water temperature was too warm. I have one lone survivor out of this group and it is now chilling outside in a shaded part of the garden.
The first few larvae in the tub have all disappeared. I spotted a few bodies in the moss, so suspect that despite what seems like oodles of food it may not have been enough, or maybe still too big.
When I noticed that the larvae were disappearing I placed the egg mass in a smaller tub. I now have over 20 larvae that are hopefully dining on micro worm. There is still a lot of daphnia etc swimming among them. These so far look ok with no deaths over the last week.
Approx. 1 week old now. Water temperatures vary from 5 degrees to 12 degrees Celsius. These are merrily eating micro worm and the smaller daphnia . The egg sac is still producing the odd larvae, this has been moved into an outdoor tub and I have seen maybe 3 or 4 larvae swimming in there.
On day 84 I still had 3 larvae waiting to hatch. The egg mass had been submerged, but over the last few days gas bubbles had brought it back to the surface. All the eggs have now hatched.
Now some of the larvae are getting big enough for white worm, so yesterday they had their first serving and all was eaten within the hour. The sizes of the larvae vary greatly so I am still feeding daphnia and micro worm. Over the next few days I will separate the larger from the smaller.
I now have these in three different 'tubs'.The first is a small tub that floats in the egg laying tub ( no plants visible in photo). The second is where the eggs where laid. This is an established tub that has been ticking over for a couple of years.( photo with plants) The last is an outdoor tub where I put the egg sack, the last few eggs hatched in here and I usually see two larvae... no photo's yet.
Another week passes and over the last few days I have begun to notice that some are developing pale speckles along their sides. There may also be a little gill reduction.
The last photo is of one of the parents... looks like it is finding something amusing.
I noticed that many are now becoming much darker...usually from the tail upwards. Also the eyes on some are becoming more prominent. With the change in colour, they are much harder to see, also they startle more easily.
We noticed the same with ours. I'm fascinated reading your "journal", as we just went through the same thing, only with "surprise, they aren't tadpoles!", so obviously we didn't do the breeding thing here. Ours were raised in plastic critter carriers, in pond water, in our dining room, where the min temp has been 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They've thrived, and I can't understand why lol. All ours changed within the last 2 weeks, and the oldest started eating at a week. As larvae they are exclusively daphnia and whatever else was in the water, and then black worms. Now they're getting pieces of earthworms from our garden.
Today is release day for 6 of the most recently turned, we're raising the remaining 6.
I'm truly not trying to brag that we did so well... I'm flabbergasted! Not one died, and we don't know what we did right!
I noticed a few have lost most of their gills now. Over the last few days I have tried to fish them out, but they have acquired small amphibious ninja powers! They are so fast, they shoot into the water as soon as I approach their tub
Hi I recently rescued a lotl (i did weeks of research before rescuing) Hes mabey 5 or 6 years of age..the previous owner could not remember the exact age of him. I got him from her as he was or had been picked on by his tank mate another lotl who was bough with him from every younger age, I noticed one of his gills, a middle one at the end had split in two? And is slightly more floppy? He also appears or mabey I'm just over worried to mabey have lost some feathers, is that normal to lose some?...all levels in the tank are fine, but wondered if theres and advice anyone could give me as an experienced owner to a new one.
@Lanalotl Sounds like the gills may have been nipped by the tank mate. If he is in his own tank and the parameters etc are all good, then he should grow them back and they should go back to full health and strength. However, depending on how old the injury is they may not fully grow back if they have been constantly nipped at.
Can anyone tell me why this is happening? We just did a water change and after freaking out and whipping around the tank, an hour later they look like this. It won't let me send a pic. The edges of their gills are white and it looks like they have skin shedding off
It sounds like something went wrong with the water change, so this could be very dangerous. Did you use a dechlorinator? Could it be there are traces of chlorine or soap in the water? (Or for example, in the bucket you used?)
Normally, I would recommend taking them out of the tank asap and putting them in a tub with fresh water, but if there's something wrong with your tap water or dechlorinator, that might not help either. Do you have acces to bottled water or rain water?
I think my axie is dying, he’s never had any issues before, I’ve had him 3 years, today I noticed some fluffy looking stuff coming from his genital area so I took him out of his tank and did a full tank clean to make sure the water wasn’t infected as I thought it was fungus and then I noticed he had a cut on his belly which was only small about 5 hours ago and now it’s spread to all of his belly, what do I do I’m freaking out
Hi I have 2 4in juveniles (I’ve had them about 2 weeks and they are doing well I think they’ve grown a little already honestly) but I am supposed to go on a 5-6 day vacation in October about 3-4 months from now. I am wondering how I should go about their care when I am gone. I thought about putting them in separate (fairly big) containers with live plants and/or bubblers with a fan in the dark and either fridging them (my last plan) but I am hoping to to either have someone I trust come feed them and turkey baste waste out or just leave them out and clean the containers before we leave and have someone come check on them once or twice. Does any of this sound like a good or bad idea? I want the best for them. All help appreciated
Hi, so I have 2 male axolotls and about an hour ago they were both perfectly fine and now only one of them has his tail curling up and his gills are slightly curled?? But other than that they’re both acting normally
Does anyone have any idea how to help with high ammonia levels? I have the API freshwater master kit and everything else’s test results were great besides ammonia. I did a 50% water change and I use API products including ammonia lock.
Help! I got my first axolotl two days ago and they have stopped eating. They ate a few frozen blood worms the first day and haven’t eaten or been interested in food since. I feed them frozen blood worms and the tank is around 64 degrees. I do have a filter that moves sometimes and I noticed them swimming up to it, I have a new filter and a fan coming today or tomorrow. I leave the worms in the tank or a little bit before taking them out so I don’t know if they ate when I wasn’t looking. I know it takes a while for them to digest. Does anyone have any tips or knowledge they can share? The pet store I bought them from didn’t have gravel or sand in the tank so I’m not sure if theres an issue or if I’m just impatient. Thank you!
@MuggleMiChu I would say try live black/blood worms untell they are full or just turn there head away ( that's what mine do) if that does not work try to get some live brine shrimp and see if they eat that. baby axolotl prefer live food over frozen food as the frozen food is too cold for them or they can't eat it in one go( that's if you do the blocks) mine eat chopped up frozen thawed shrimp. as for them not eating from what I have experienced with my second axolotl, I got her when she was about an inch long and she ate every day, when they start getting 3-4 inches long they will gradually slow down there eating. and if you really want to do substrate I would do sand because if they do ingest a little bit it won't hurt them.
Thank you so much for the information and advice! They are eating again, they ate a lot today. I think it might have been stress from the move or digesting old food, I also noticed they ate some of the food left in the tank (I removed the rest). I’m going to keep the tank bare bottom.