I'm now the keeper of two of Ian's hybrids each just under 17cm (about 6.5 in.) long total length about half of which is tail. I've been raising them cool and while not exactly starving them feeding them lightly.
I've only photographed one. I can't see any signs of maturity or morphing.
Since the water temperature has now warmed up, these are eating well again. The largest ones are just over 6'' and the smaller ones are about 5''. I have now separated them into two groups. The three smaller ones are now in a larger outdoor tub....and I can no longer see them due to the plants and the green tinted water
The three larger ones are still in the shed and will also be moved out to a tub once I make up my mind where to place it :/ The photo's are of the three larger ones.
I am still not sure what they look like, but I tend to think they look like nicely marked wild types axolotl.
I only have one wild type axolotl,and no andersoni so it is difficult to compare them to anything.
These have been hatched close to a year now and I haven't seen any sign of what sexes they may be. Axolotl are less shy in revealing this, I have no idea how soon andersoni start to show
Mine are in two groups and they now reside in the garden. Despite them both having mesh lids I am frequently having to oust frog invaders of various sizes.
A few weeks ago I fished them all out to check their sizes and body conditions. They are all growing again and looking well.
Despite them now being a little over a year old, their is no enlarged cloaca ..they all look the same Body shape wise though I would think I have both sexes. I had read that these could all well turn out being female. I did save a link that suggested that this would be most likely, but I am clueless as to where I saved it.
I will fish them out again soon and will take some more photo's.
I've no new photos but they look much the same as my last post and the above ones only a bit bigger. They are now 20cm. Growth seems about half the rate I remember for axolotls at the same temperature and eating similar quantities of food.
They are currently at 17 C in a north facing ground floor room. I'm working on the principle they may be more vulnerable to heat than axolotls and will seek an even cooler spot if this site hits 20 C.
I decided to check on one of the groups. These remained in their tub during our heat wave, and I recorded their water temperatures hitting 24C for a few days. I'll fish the others out in a few days. These ones are measuring around 7''. Considering their age, compared to axolotl they are growing very slowly, showing no signs of there being males in the group, and generally looking like pretty wild type axolotl.
But I wonder if someone could post pictures of the differences you mention - webbed feet, toes, tail, fin etc for those of us who have never been lucky enough to meet an Andersoni to appreciate the differences.
I'm moving a newly obtained male andersoni to a tank and thought a comparison photo with the hybrids might be informative. I haven't any closeups of feet.
The andersoni is on the right and the hybrid on the left. They are almost the same total length but as well as the brown/green colour difference the andersoni shows a stouter body and shorter tail. The tail of the andersoni is less than 80% of the snout/vent length while in the hybrid they are equal.
I am amazed at the colour change in the hybrid. All of its siblings in my tank are still brown. The body shape of the hybrids is definitely A.mexicanum, the colouring/markings are more like the A.andersoni than any wild type I have seen , though this can be effected by lighting levels etc as your new pic shows.
Today I have returned five to a nice big tank in the shed...number 6 was no where to be found A few weeks ago part of the lid was blown off, I suspect a feline took it. The pictures are of three different individuals.
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.