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10-28-2014 08:45 PM
DragonFyre14 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!)
10-28-2014 07:58 PM
logisticsguy 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!
10-28-2014 02:49 PM
DragonFyre14 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.
10-26-2014 01:28 AM
logisticsguy
10-26-2014 01:10 AM
logisticsguy If they are little you can feed frozen bloodworms. When they get to about 4-5 inches earthworms are the best food. You can get them from a bait shop, go with the red wigglers.

Here is the best place for info its like the bible for this species

Check out www.axolotl.org

or www.caudata.org
10-26-2014 12:42 AM
MalaFiumanka How about talking to the store about keeping him during the break or coming to the dorm room and feed him? I believe you said the store is next door to your college.
10-25-2014 10:46 PM
DragonFyre14 Thanks! I didn't even know they liked to eat worms. Where do you get them? I was planning on feeding them some baby guppies (since I have way too many of them) and then some frozen bloodworms. Though I'm sure they would like that as much. I have to look into what exactly im going to feed my babies and get those here. Wanna make sure the little guy is happy.
10-25-2014 08:38 PM
logisticsguy I have 8 and love them. They are pretty cool and love earthworms. Keep temps cool and the more you feed the faster and healthier they usually are so, when home you will need to really stuff them with worms. Good luck.
10-25-2014 07:52 PM
DragonFyre14 Thanks everyone for your input. I've been thinking about it, and ive worked it out with my schedule so the Axo will only be alone for about two eight day long intervals before winter break is over. I'll be coming back for about three days in the middle to clean the tank and feed him. So it should work just fine. im really excited to get my Axo, I've been researching a lot for the past few months in preparation for this.
10-25-2014 07:19 PM
obiordi Don't let your desires allow you to get something that will not be good for the animal itself. Yes, maybe it would be possible. Is it the wise choice? No. But who am I to stop you. It's your decision. Good luck.
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