Our wild-type Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) were born and raised in-store. This listing is for 4"+ juvenile axolotls.
Axolotls are a distinct species of salamander that is characterized by their large, fluffy gills. These species are unique as they never undergo metamorphosis and will spend their entire lives in the water. Our babies are readily eating frozen brine shrimp, bloodworms, crickets, waxworms, and bottomfeeder pellets.
Axolotls are generally undemanding pets. They are a coldwater animal, and thus will not require any sort of heating (ideally the water should stay between 57-68 degrees Fahrenheit). They grow large, with some specimens easily reaching a foot (12"+) long. This being said, a minimum of 15 gallons for 1 axolotl is recommended. Because these animals enjoy spending their time on the ground, the length is more important than height when choosing an aquarium for them. A 30 gallon long/breeder would be appropriate for a pair. Do not use distilled water. Tap water that has been conditioned with a water conditioner is a superior option.
Because axolotls are generally messy, it's ideal to get a filter rated for 1.5x-2x your aquarium capacity. These animals are slow-moving and cannot handle significant water current.
It is very important to consider the substrate when keeping axolotls. Many keepers choose to keep the bottom of the aquarium bare, to make cleaning easier. If you don't like the appearance of a bare bottom tank, then very fine sand is also an option.
Juvenile axolotls should be exposed to a variety of food. The staple diet should consist of a high-quality sinking carnivore pellet or earthworms cut to size. Bloodworms and brine shrimp should be given as a treat. As an adult, axolotls will eat primarily earthworms, generally eating an earthworm several times a week. Feeder guppies may also be fed to the axolotl, but be cautious as guppies can bite the sensitive gills of the axolotl. Never feed your axolotl any wild bugs or animals, as they may have been exposed to poisonous fertilizers, insecticides, and parasites.
NEVER use gravel or pebbles in the aquarium. If the axolotl accidentally eats gravel, it can become impacted in the axolotls' gut and kill it. DO NOT use stones unless they are significantly larger than the axolotl's head. If an axolotl accidentally tries to swallow a large rock, it will choke to death.
(Photo credit "The Spruce Pets" and "National Geographic")