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How to Tub an Axolotl

How to Tub an Axolotl

When To Tub Your Axolotl

Tubbing your axolotl may be necessary when your aquarium is not fully-cycled, contaminated, or otherwise not suitable to house your axolotl. Axolotls can be safely tubbed for several months so long as you follow all of the instructions listed below. 

Materials Needed

  1. Two 6-Quart Sterilite Tupperwares (Available at local Wal-Mart for under $5.00).
  2. Water Conditioner (Recommendations: Fritz Complete or Seachem Prime).
  3. Net (Optional).


  1. Rinse and Prepare Tupperwares: Rinse both Tupperwares thoroughly with hot water, avoiding cleaning detergents. Pat dry, fill with cold water, and add 5 drops of water conditioner.


  1. Initial Axolotl Placement: Place the axolotl in one Tupperware. After 12 hours, transfer the axolotl (using a net if available) to the second Tupperware with clean, room-temperature water.

  1. Cleaning and Resetting: Clean the original Tupperware with hot water, dry it, refill with cold water, and add 5 drops of water conditioner.

  1. Daily Maintenance: Repeat the transfer and cleaning process daily. Feed the axolotl once every 1-2 days, observing its appetite cues (axolotls may show signs of being full by refusing and/or spitting out food after consuming several pieces.


  1. Transition to Permanent Aquarium: Once the permanent aquarium is ready, follow the Acclimation Guide.


Tubbing your axolotl is a simple process that helps ensure their health until you are ready to put them in a larger habitat. It is not intended to be a long-term solution to keeping your axolotl as it is always best to ensure you’re housing them in a suitable environment where they have plenty of space to roam and explore. For further questions or concerns, you can contact our team directly at or our customer support line at (214) 679-4013.

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