Question: New juvenile axolotl with adult axolotls?

WordsOfFate

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Hello! I've recently upgraded my two axolotls from their cramped 20-gallon tank to a fully cycled 75-gallon tank. Since they have so much more space now, I've decided to purchase a copper axolotl (which I've been wanting for nearly a year now) online and hopefully by next week, it'll be shipped to me.

This brings me to the big question: can I keep a juvenile axolotl with two fully grown ones? My two current axolotls are both 8 inches long and the juvenile I ordered was listed at about 4 inches, but maybe even a bit bigger.

My two current lotls have been living with each other since they were about six inches (so almost a year now) and have never had an issue with each other, even when they were stuck in a cramped 20-gallon and are actually strangely... affectionate with each other, you could say. Despite having multiple different hides, they always prefer sticking close to each other and even try to squeeze into the same hide together, haha. On top of that, they're really not much of hunters. I'm not sure if it's just them or it's because I keep them well-fed, but they really have no interest in hunting for food. I always keep ghost shrimp in the tank with them as a clean-up crew and very rarely do I ever see them actively trying to catch one. And more so than anything else, a 75-gallon tank is an extremely large space for three axolotls so I feel as if the extra space might also help keep the new axie safe.

Because of all this, I'm feeling confident in introducing a smaller axolotl into the tank, but I really want to hear what you guys have to say. I've only owned axolotls for about a year and a half now so I'm by no means overly experienced.
 

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So this is not from experience, but it is pretty universally said that if you are adding a new axolotl you need them to be roughly the same size as the current ones, or they will get picked on. The other problem with that size is they aren't sexually mature, so you cant determine gender. Do you want to take care of hundreds of eggs.... or potentially two tanks to seperate them? I know I sure wouldn't!

I don't blame you for wanting a copper though! They are lovely. If you really really want one, my suggestion is to keep it in a seperate tank until it is bigger and you can sex it ?
 
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    Hey y'all, recently my juvenile axolotl's tail has been floating and can swim down but his tail lifts to an angle and I believe that it is stressing him out. He gets in between his plants to balance himself and I am cleaning out the bottom of the tank with my baster. I believe I overfed him and he also may have eaten many air bubbles. He's been like this for nearly 1 1/2 days.
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    Ok, thanks! I am going to glue together the shale I mentioned.
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  • Kwags:
    hello, I am currently tubbing my axolotl due to cycling the tank. I have read different answers on how many times to do a 100% water change a day when tubbing. Some say once and some say twice. I just want to actually ask and get answers for myself. Thank
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    As often as you need to keep the water clean! Since you´re cycling, I assume you have a test kit. Just test a few times to see how long it takes for your ammonia to go up, and as soon as it does, change the water.
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    Yes,I have the master test kit. Thank you! So just test the water in the tub that my axolotl is in now to gauge off of for changing?
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    That´s the most accurate. Depends on the size of the tub etc. - you just want to make sure the water is always clean
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  • Kwags:
    When little axolotls are tubbed is it common for them to get a little more spunky then usual? Water temps around 64-65 F and has been changed today with prime added
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    Uh. That depends on your definition of "spunky"?
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    @Kwags, how big?
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    my baby hes tubed and hes a wild child xD
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    Swimming like crazy. A little more pep in his step. I think about 3 inches.
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    Hi does anyone know if jungle fungus clear is safe to use for my axolotl? She has some either fungus or bacterial growth on her fillibrae and maybe body and I read that's good to use if you aren't sure if the problem is bacterial or fungal
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    I have not heard of that before.
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    That jungle fungus clear. I've been dealing with some fungus with my axolotl on and off this summer. The Holtsfreter solution and water changes just seem to do the trick after a bit
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    Where do you get the holtsfreter solution? I've been upping water changes but salt bath seems to be more stressful/harmful than beneficial because she does not like to be caught!
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