Axolotl Care Sheet
Temperament - House only with other Axolotls
PH - 7.4-7.6 (can safely live in 6.5-8.0)
Temperature - 60-72 Degrees F
Diet - Invert Aquatic's Soft Axolotl Pellets, Bloodworms, Brine Shrimp, Earthworms
Tank Size - 10 Gallons per Axolotl Minimum
Axolotls are one of the most interesting creatures that have quickly become wildly popular pets in the USA. Though the care of them is easy, there are a few key details to know to keep them happy and healthy.
You should house them in at least 10 gallons per creature, though the more space the better. Additionally, they spend most of the time on the bottom of the aquarium, so tanks with more surface space are ideal (20 Gallon Longs, 40 Gallon Breeders) Axolotls grow quickly and can reach up to 14" in size. It is recommended you use sand in your aquarium, you can also use no substrate, though some Axolotl will become stressed from not being able to grip the aquarium bottom. Do not use gravel in your Axolotl tank! It's easy for them to accidentally digest the small rocks, which can become impacted in them leading to serious medical issues.
You can use an aquarium light to view your Axolotl but its also recommended to keep the light off the majority of the time. Also providing caves and hides is beneficial when your Axolotl wants to be in a darker space. Low water flow is also necessary to avoid any extra stress on the Axolotl. If your filter creates a strong current, you should find a way to divert or subdue the current. Placing decorations directly into the water flow often helps.
Another crucial part of Axolotl care is the water temperatures. They require cooler water than tropical fish. Slightly elevated water temperatures can cause high amounts of stress and fungal infections that can lead to death. An ideal range is in the low 60's, though they can tolerate up to 72 degrees.
Adult Axolotls will eat every 2-3 days, while juvenile growing Axolotls require daily feedings. To make feeding easier, we use Wood Feeding Tongs to dangle their food in front of them. Its best to use wood tongs over metal to avoid any accidentally injuries. Young Axolotls will eat bloodworms that are cut into smaller pieces and sometimes pellets that are cut into small sizes. Adults will eat whole pellets and earthworms. Axolotls have a tendency to eat until they are completely full and will turn down food if they are still full from previous feedings.
In most cases it is recommended to house Axolotls only with other Axolotls. They tend to eat most things they can catch, and also run a risk of fish picking at their gills. Though Axolotls can live happy lives alone, you can also keep them in pairs and groups given adequate space.