Care Guide

* No gravel * Cold water * 20 gal aquarium * Adults average 9”-12” long *
 
•20 gallons for 1 full sized adult axolotl(roughly9-12 inches)and 10 additional gallons for each additional adult at minimum. Be sure to have proper filtration for the amount of axolotls(which is double or more per gallons). Smaller axolotls can fit in a smaller tank but better to start them at the tank size they will need as an adult.
 
•Male and female axolotls should not be housed together without a solid divider. This can cause overbreeding, over breeding can shorten the lifespan of the female because it takes all her energy to lay eggs. Females should not be bred more than 1-2 times a year and no earlier than 18 months. Sexual maturity occurs between 8-18 months of age. Males should not be bred until they are at least a year old.
 
•Dechlorinated water that is 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit and a cycled aquarium is required.
 
•Axolotls should not have anything in their tank that is 2x the size of their head or smaller (gravel, rocks, snails, fish, décor etc.) except sand once the axolotl is 4”+ long. Axolotls smaller than 4” should be kept on bare bottom glass, tile, or other substrate than cannot be eaten.
 
•The only other animals that can be kept with them are feeder guppies and ghost shrimp both of which they will eat but do not pose any danger or threat to the axolotl. If more than one axolotl is in one tank be sure to keep them well fed.
 
•Treats are okay but the only things that are good for a regular balanced diet are earthworms, carnivore pellets that do not contain land animals or an abundance of plant material, or Repashy Grub Pie or Meat Pie.
 
•A low flow filter is best, too much water movement causes stress. We recommend either a sponge or air driven internal corner filter.
 
•Indian almond leaves release tannins that prevent disease and generally create a better axolotl environment.
 
•Warm or bad quality water can cause fungus, ammonia burn, and other conditions or disease.
 
•Axolotls can live a long healthy life if well cared for and water conditions are right. The average lifespan is 10-15 years.