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Hello everyone, I'm from Nashville, TN USA. I have not owned a salamander yet but I'm in the process of researching to get an axolotl. I like newts also and would be interesting in learning more about newts and salamanders to maybe get other ones in the future.. I'm also trying to get a small tank going for some orange neocaridinia shrimp and ramshorn snails. I'm new to the hobby though and trying to not bite off more than I can chew but might be too late already lol
 

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Hello everyone, I'm from Nashville, TN USA. I have not owned a salamander yet but I'm in the process of researching to get an axolotl. I like newts also and would be interesting in learning more about newts and salamanders to maybe get other ones in the future.. I'm also trying to get a small tank going for some orange neocaridinia shrimp and ramshorn snails. I'm new to the hobby though and trying to not bite off more than I can chew but might be too late already lol
Welcome! I'm in Chattanooga. You're wise to do your research. I have some axolotl babies right now if you decide to go that way.
 

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I'm a long-time fan and keeper of newts and salamanders. My current newt is over 17 years old, and my last two lived to over 35 years old. But for me, even though I did my research ahead, the reality of axolotl care was an eye-opening experience.

I raised one axolotl from a baby, and then got a second one as soon as the first one was big enough to spot gender. I did love them very much - they are goofy, endearing and fascinating pets. And I was able to keep them healthy and well fed, and navigate some minor health problems (fungus outbreaks, mostly) successfully.

BUT. For me the tank maintenance was just too much. Newts and salamanders take a lot of care and maintenance too of course, but for me they're a better overall fit. I was able to find a really good home for my two axolotl boys, and I miss them, but I don't miss the constant stress of testing and water changes to make sure they had optimum conditions.

All that said, you may really enjoy having axolotls - the family that has my axies now is over the moon to have them - and this forum is a great place to get advice and information. Just sharing my experience.
 
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    So my axolotl tank cycle just crashed and while i was in the middle of a water change my bucket overflowed and spilled water all of the ground in my brand new home. This is going super well 👍
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    ooff
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    good luck recycling the tank!
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    do the classifieds still exist?
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    nevermind! off my game tonight
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    Im so frustrated right now. My axolotl WONT eat and my tank still isnt looking too good. Some extra stress i needed.
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  • John:
    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    No, I havent. Im not really sure why he wont eat. Hes in a 1 gallon tub and still a juvenile. When i offer food he swims away from it. Does he need some extra time? or is this something I should be worried about.
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  • JulMl:
    Hello everyone! I’m new in this world and i need some advices please! I have 2 axolotl babies and currently the water from the tank is from bottled water ( all parameters are good) but i want to change 50% of the water with city tap water. My question is how to change it? Do i need to get axis out, do the change, add the prime, wait (how much?) until its dechlorinated or i can add the tap water directly into the tank with axis in it, and add the prime conditioner? Thank you!!
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  • Asmold1:
    1. You dont need to take them out of the tank to change the water as long as you pour it in slow as to not rattle them around too much
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    2. add the prime to your tap water, for most conditioners the consensus is 5 minutes of waiting time
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    3.After 5 minutes it should be safe to add
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  • JulMl:
    Thank you so much !!
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  • Asmold1:
    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Where can I get blackworms?
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  • John:
    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    Does anyone know someone who can ship axolotls to hawaii? I recently did a water change and my axolotl died and there are no axos for sale right now.
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  • Sylvia88:
    Hello I'm wondering if fridging axolotl is necessary when giving it a salt bath? My fridge is unpredictable it just changes from freezing temperature to melting by itself. And driving me crazy. So I would not be keen to put my axie in these because of the sudden temperature changes it may experience. Can I leave him in a clean dechlorinated water tub in some of the room? Would I then need to refrigerate the salt water ? Or would I just keep it in a same room temperature?! I have everything ready for him to get a salt bath but just wanted to check about this fridging before I do ( waited for approval to join the forum:)
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  • Sylvia88:
    FYI I noticed a white fluffy strings on his gills yesterday. And looking through the forum and some pictures it looks like fungus .
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