Axolotis???? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
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post #1 of 4 Old 01-28-2012, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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i saw these creatures for the first time today and im fascinated, what are they really? are they easy to keep? are they good pets? does anyone have one?

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-28-2012, 03:27 PM
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Axolotls are a species of salamander that displays neoteny. This means that the adults retain characteristics of the juveniles. Typically adult salamanders lose their gills; axolotls (and other neotonic salamanders keep them. Thus they are completely aquatic. They can be kept as pets but require large tanks (around 50 gal for a pair) and specialized housing such as specific substrate and lower than average temp. They are native to Mexico but are almost extinct in their native habitat.

I did a bit of research into them a while back because I wanted to keep salamanders, but I found it would be easier to collect and keep some local specimens due to size requirements. But in my studies I came across this great website Axolotls: The Fascinating Mexican Axolotl and the Tiger Salamander


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post #3 of 4 Old 01-28-2012, 07:24 PM
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I responded to the same question in another of Amy's threads, and said much the same thing only using different words.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-29-2012, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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theyre both great answers i love all animals and love finding something new

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