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So, yesterday I went out to the pet store with the intention of just getting food and what not to prepare for my axolotl, but upon looking at their selection I saw one wild type GFP and I just had to have him. I've named him Percival and he seems to be settling in well. The tank is bare bottomed and doesn't have any decorations as of yet, but I plan on getting some soon (including a cave I had originally for my pleco.) I'm not entirely sure if he is in fact a he or if he is a she. Percival is about 4.5 inches long so i'd guess probably around 5-6 months old. I'm having a hard time determining if he is sexually mature yet or not, and if he is then it is probably a she.
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Percival is gorgeous and looks to be in good condition. You want to see nice fluffy gills like that. In the next couple months you should be able to tell the gender. Like betta fish you will need to keep an eye out for ammonia. I use a sponge filter and do 2x 50% water changes per week and add 2 drops Prime per gallon. They like cool water temps 55f-65f being ideal so no heater required. In summer if room is hot you may need to add a fan onto water to keep it cool. Some like moss balls and a ledge to crawl up on. Such a pretty Axolotl you did great!

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Thanks!! He looked a little stressed at the store, but once I got him home he perked up immediately. I've been feeding him frozen krill which is what the store recommended but I am looking into getting some other food sources for him. His tank is at about 68° right now so im working to cool it down a little and will be getting a small filter or bubbler which should help. Im currently doing at least one water change a day just to be sure the ammonia doesn't build up. I must say with him being my first Axo I just about had a heart attack this morning when I got up and he wasn't moving or anything. I ended up poking him and found out he was just sleeping. Needless to say he was a bit grumpy after I woke him up and refused to feed him that second. I really can't believe how much I lucked out with this little guy and I've been taking pictures of him constantly. (He's just so photogenic!)

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