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Hello,

Three weeks ago I got my very first axolotl and also my first aquatic pet. It is very small yet. Its name is Popocatépetl (you may call it Popo), after the Mexican volcano.

I have one question: the tail has a weird crook at the tip. Is this a stress indicator or just a small genetic error? In combination with the position of the gills?


I keep it in a small box now until he's big enough to go into its tank. It is 3 cm now, when he has reached a length of about 4 cm and got its rear legs he can move to the tank.

Here's my tank. I used a fake rock (which is meant for use as a tank background) as a bottom surface, to give the axolotl grip while walking. A glass bottom is boring and sand looks like a pain to clean, so I came up with this solution.
I hope the black aquarium kit fades over time to blend more into the 'rock' colour. I had to kit it all around the edges and the seam in the middle to prevent dirt and poop to come under the bottom plate. The stones are actual lava stones that I found in Iceland.


Here it is filled up with water. I placed another piece of fake rock right in front of the filter to prevent a strong outflow as I read here axolotl's really don't like that.


Did I miss anything? I will make some more hiding spots by the way..

greets Jelle
 

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Looks good! :)

My only thought is that I would definitely take out the lava rocks. They will leach out minerals over time that are toxic to axolotls.
 

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Yes, take out the lava rock.
Try a nice piece of driftwood, it's good for your axie's slime coat.
 

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Thank you!
I didn't know about the lava rock being toxic, I thought it would be OK as rocks like these can be found in their natural habitat but off course the effect on a lake is much smaller than on a fish tank. I took them out and I'll look for some other decorations/hiding spots.

I used Juwel black silicon aquarium kit and let it cure for 24 hours, as recommended. :happy:
 

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Popo has grown a lot since my last post, he/she is about 6,5 cm now and moved from its tupperware box to its aquarium two days ago. He seems to enjoy the fake rock bottom!
Its tail still has the crook in it, it looks like he has been bitten by one of its siblings or parents when he still was with them. There is almost no flow in the tank. How does it look to you?
 

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He / she's well cute....it looks like eyeliner around the eye.....:happy:
 

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Popocatépetl is an awesome name. Me and a friend say that randomly to annoy people on the train or so. Latest conversation:

"Hey, where are you going to live next year?"
"Oh, I was thinking about the Popocatépetl...
But the Popocatépetlpeople don't want me to be a part of their Popocatépetlpeoplevolcanofanclub."
"Uh, those Popocatépetlpeople are evil then."
"Yeah, hopefully they'll get eaten by the gigantic Popocatépetl monster who was born in Guadalajara, before he moved to the Popocatépetl."

I also thought about naming my axie Popocatépetl, but eventually it became Chipotl. :')
 

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I came up with the idea of the name after seeing a restaurant with that name.. there are a few of them throughout the Netherlands :)

Here are some pictures of my tank after rearranging it:



The black pole is the digital thermometer's sensor.
 

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Wow, looks great! And I love the hidden filter.
 
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    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?)
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    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!
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    @MuggleMiChu, how big they are? also for substrate, i would not do gravel at all I would either do sand or none at all!
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    They are about 2-3 inches long and I have them in a bare bottom tank
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    @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.
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    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.
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