Did you know that people have had axolotl as pets since the mid-1800s? Since then, people from all over the world have started looking after an axolotl since they’re one of the most interesting amphibians. But, axolotl care is something that people shouldn’t take lightly since these tiny creatures need a specific kind of upkeep.
In today’s post, we’ll go through some axolotl care tips that can help you become the best axolotl owner. Moreover, we’ll give you some ideas on how you can make sure your little amphibian pet is happy as it can be!
More than likely, you already know the answer to the question “what is an axolotl?” which means you know that they require a wet environment. Moreover, axolotl needs at least a 2ft (61cm) tank or larger, even more so if you get more than one. And you should make sure that you get fine sand since they can accidentally swallow gravel or other larger rocks, which may lead to digestive problems.
Furthermore, while looking for aquarium supplies, you should purchase plenty of driftwood as they enjoy hiding and resting underneath them. And since axolotls are nocturnal, you’ll want to make sure you place the tank in a room that has dim lighting. You should also purchase an air pump for younger axolotls as they have a high heart rate, but they won’t need it as they get older.
As you already know, axolotls are carnivores, so you’ll need to feed them a meat-based diet. But, you’ll need to hand feed them as they sometimes can make a huge mess of their meal which will dirty their environment. Their preferred meals are the following:
- Live crickets
- Bloodworms (live or frozen)
- Axolotl pellets
- Feeder fish
Additionally, you’ll need to feed them during the night time since they’re nocturnal animals. And above all, avoid feeding them during the day as that can mess up their eating habits. Don’t feel surprised if they swallow their food (not chew) since they have no way of chewing their food, so they swallow it whole.
As you can expect, you’ll need to purchase an aquarium filter for your tank since axolotls can be messy at times. Moreover, you should remove any food they don’t eat promptly since leaving it overnight can cause the tank to become dirty, which is harmful to the axolotl. And if you notice that the axolotl is missing a limb, don’t freak out, as they’ll grow it back in a couple of days.
Take Care of Your Axolotl the Right Way
Hopefully, this brief yet thorough axolotl care guide will help you care for your slippery little pet. But, of course, make sure you ask the vendor to give you additional tips since these creatures need special attention. And don’t forget to save this post so you can look back at it whenever you need it.
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