Caring for Axolotls
Axolotl Planet wants to make sure that you are educated on everything you need to know about successfully raising your own aquatic pet, so we have provided some helpful guides on the basics of caring for axolotls. Check out each section below for essential information about caring for axolotls!
How to Set Up An Axolotl Tank
Click on each section below to learn about how to set up a habitat in which your axolotl will thrive
Axolotls are special and unique in the animal kingdom
Axolotls are among a group of critically endangered salamanders formally recognized as “ambystoma mexicanum.” They have large, feathery gills, finned tails, and wide heads—traits that are typically only seen in the larval stage of other newts and salamanders.
As neotenic creatures, axolotls never undergo metamorphosis, retaining these characteristics throughout their entire lives and never emerging from the water. Under extremely rare circumstances, axolotls will metamorphosize into ordinary salamanders and adopt an amphibian lifestyle.
Caring for axolotls can be very easy! Read on to learn all you need to know about setting up a habitat for your axolotl.
Signs of Stress in Your Axolotl
Click on each section below to discover how to identify and resolve signs of stress that occur when caring for axolotls
Make sure your axolotl’s environment is suitable for the animal
If your axolotl is exhibiting any of the following signs of stress, it is essential that you test the water parameters to ensure your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels are 0 or near-0 ppm (parts per million). Your pH should also be between 7.4 and 7.6 (ideally), however, axolotls can still be in good health with pH ranging from 6.5-8.0.
If your parameters are in order, check the temperature of your water and confirm it is between 60°F and 69°F. Keep your axolotl in conditions beyond what we recommend here, and the likelihood for increased stress levels can increase rapidly over time.
Axolotls enduring stressful conditions for too long are much more likely to develop more serious health-related issues that can potentially lead to death. Keeping your animal’s habitat in good conditions is an essential first step in caring for axolotls.
How to Cycle Your Aquarium
Click on each section below to educate yourself on how to maintain proper water chemistry in your axolotl's habitat
Read on to learn about what is involved in keeping a properly cycled aquarium
As simple as caring for axolotls can be, it is essential to have a few things in order before purchasing your first axolotl. The first step to creating a healthy living environment for any aquatic animal is to ensure that you have a properly-cycled aquarium.
What defines a “properly-cycled aquarium”? In this section, we tell you what it means to cycle your tank and provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to do it as quickly, easily, and efficiently as possible!
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