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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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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.
Thanks for the welcome! I appreciate the offer. I ended up getting one from a nearby breeder and she's been doing great. :)
 

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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.
Yeah i'm still adjusting to the water changes and such but i think it's going really well so far! Thanks for sharing your experience. I am researching fire belly newts now since i'm interested in restarting my 10gal that had shrimp in it to be for fire belly newts instead now. how did you find it suit you better if you don't mind sharing? It seems really similar so far aside from the added land area.
 

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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
Hi, how are you doing? Already the happy owner of the salamander?
I'm a newbie too.
At this time I only have an aquarium with fishes )))) But I really want some salamanders
I try to study the topic as much as possible to be prepared before buying
 

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Hi, how are you doing? Already the happy owner of the salamander?
I'm a newbie too.
At this time I only have an aquarium with fishes )))) But I really want some salamanders
I try to study the topic as much as possible to be prepared before buying
thats good! i'm doing great just enjoying the hobby so far :) what kind of fish do you got? yes i have an axolotl for a couple months now shes about 7 inches long. so far i have one nano fish (scarlet badis) in a 10gal.
 
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    its just wet in oregon and cold most of the time.
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    So good axolotl weather :p
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    yeah, most of the time lol. its always cold in my room now cause of them.
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    Yea my room is freezing because of the axolotls xd
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    The worst thing is my cat always jumps up next to the tank but good thing it has a lid 😁
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    same D: my cat is constantly knocking over my bottles and stuff for my axolotls.
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    One time he almost knocked over a whole bottle of tap water conditioner we just bought
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    haha. sounds like a cat
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    I know right what is it with cats constantly knocking every thing over??
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    And boxes. you can even tape a square on the floor and ive seen them go in it xD
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    Haha 😂
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    im going to head off now, its 12 am now so i got to rest. :D nice talking with ya!
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    hey everyone - sorry for the inactivity. things have been really rough in my world the past few days, but i’m safe now. i should be back to my normal active self here soon :)
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  • axolotlnewtlover:
    the nitrites in my tank are so high omg
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Hello, I think my axie might have anchor worms, could someone please look at my thread its called 'rapidly growing strange things all over my axolotls' thanks- The-Axolotl
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    @The-Axolotl, reading through your thread now, sorry i didn’t get a chance to welcome you yet!
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    Thanks for reading my thread, everyone has been so helpful 😀😁
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Can anyone answer if I can use trichlorfon 20mg with my axolotls to treat the anchor worms it is supposed to kill them. I have purchased something from the shop called blue planet paracide which has 20mg of the trichlorfon
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    sorry in advance for anyone who reads my latest post, it’s very long and was written late at night, ergo it isn’t wonderfully organized
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  • The-Axolotl:
    @axolotl nerd That's so cool that your looking into being a axolotl breeder/ having a axolotl sanctuary
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  • axolotl nerd:
    @The-Axolotl, im a hug energy when it comes to axolotls, and decided i might as well “shoot my shot” and try to make a living out of it. lots of inspiration taken from margie, who used to breed and sell here on caudata- she was raising about 1000 juveniles at a time, which is my end goal
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    huge nerd**
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Nice, if/when you start breeding axolotls make sure to post pics of the cute baby axies here on caudata
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    i plan on it!
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