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post #1 of 8 Old 10-08-2010, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone keep Mexican walking fish? AKA axolotls?

Was just trying to gather some info and see if anyone has kept them before...

Will they fit in a 10 gallon? Do they dig? What's the minimum tank size for breeding?

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-08-2010, 09:10 PM
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nice

a ten would be cool for 1 ...they tend to roam the bottom when foraging for foods particularly when they have learned worms and the like sink but i have had no issues with forcable digging...they wont purposly harm your plants....i have yet to breed them but i know someone who has i will try to ask about it ...i do remember him saying cool temps and the babys canibalizing and limb biteing during feeding frenzies...ADIOS...

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-08-2010, 10:00 PM
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You really need a 3ft tank min for them. They get quite big. And they will eat small gravel, so larger pebbles are a must. They do fine in unheated water as long as it doesn't get ultra cold. They like live foods - they will eat small fish. :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 06:28 AM
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That is one of the coolest fish I've ever seen!! Thank god I don't have room to set up another large tank LOL.

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 10:37 AM
there gills are extremely sensitive. a water problem would be devastating to them

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post #6 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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I read about their cannibalising when young. Luckily they can regenerate a limb in 10 weeks...

So.. I've read multiple places that a 10 is good enough for 1.. Is that wrong?

Whats the minimum size for breeding?

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-06-2011, 03:10 PM
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I got some eggs 20 days ago and they just hatched, you can follow the full development of them via my blog

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-06-2011, 06:41 PM
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if you only have one a 10gal should be fine. calci-sand would be ok to use as a substrate also because it won't harm them if they eat it while feeding (actually, it could help them get the right dose of calcium in their diet)
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