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Old 12-10-2011, 01:57 PM   #51 
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That thing is 5 inches, as in a fouth of the tank length? How much of him is hiding?!?!?!
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:11 PM   #52 
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Half of him! Their tail is about half their length, so he might only look like he's 2-3 inches, but with the tail he's 5-6 :)

Think like measuring a halfmoon betta with his fins haha!

He's also facing us, so you get some of that foreshortening problem!


To be honest there is a lot of debate over tank size. Some people will say "No less than 30 gallons per axolotl!!" some people will say "Two adults are fine in a 10 gallon"

Part of the thing is, these guys are studied in labs--in betta barracks no less. So they DO survive in small areas of water. How small you decide is too small is up to you and your axolotl. Some of them like to swim, others will sit their all day. It's like how some bettas are happy in a 1 gallon, and some will just adore a 10 to swim around in.

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Old 12-10-2011, 02:52 PM   #53 
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Hrmm, so you're saying like if yours is small(8-9 inches) and doesn't move much, it Can be in a 10 gallon, but other than that they need big tanks, yes?
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:58 PM   #54 
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Pretty much yeah. It's kind of a play by ear thing. If you were to try to keep one in a 10 gallon I would make sure it's well stocked with plants and fully cycled :) to keep it easier on yourself! You just have to be willing to upgrade if needed :) Some people use plastic sterilite tubs if they can't afford a bigger tank. of course it's harder to see the axolotl, but it's a good temporary place for them!
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:14 PM   #55 
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http://www.theaxolotl.net/ this is the guy I'm going to buy from (Finally found his website)

He's constantly breeding healthy axolotls and introducing new morphs and colors. Really cool and helpful too, and I know a few people who have axolotls from him. I'm totally excited.

I plan to have a golden albino, leucistic, green wildtype, and then maybe a redish brown wildtype or black wildtype.

I'm wary of melanistics, I've heard they tend to be a little weaker than others (sort of like how doubletail bettas are more prone to SBD) and since it's my first time keeping bettas I might as well get the healthier ones! :)
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:45 PM   #56 
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Ooh, he looks awesome!.....Doubletails aee prone to SBD?
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:47 PM   #57 
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Yeah, they are prone to having those scrunched up bodies and are just a little more sensitive to swim bladder issues because of it!


>_> I lurk on the betta illness forum a lot to learn!
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:11 PM   #58 
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Oh, Ive always wondered why they looked like that. Don't they usually have those back lumps?
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:23 PM   #59 
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I want on of these so bad now.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:32 PM   #60 
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It seems like some doubletails have it worse off than others and get really short bodied. Browse the doubletail section of aquabid and you'll see how some look perfectly normal while others look a little funky.


BettaMiah, ME TOO! I can't wait.. As soon as I'm in my new house I'll be cycling my 55!
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