We have a winner!!!
@ redchigh: Just so you know, that picture sold me completely!! I have done the basic research on housing, care, feeding, and the such. Next month I will be getting a 15 gallon to cycle and prep for my future Leucistic Axolotl!!! I found a reputable reptile/amphibian store about 20-30 minutes from me that can order the exact coloration (the one you showed me the pic of) and have it delivered in 10-14 days to his store and its only $40.
Since I am going with a lighter colored axie, I am going to do black aquarium sand (read that they can die from eating gravel and that sand is safest). Also read that the average tank size for one is 11 gallons, so instead of going with a 10 gal, I will go 15...unless I can find a deal on a 20 gal long. Already priced all the different foods (doing frozen with ocassional live worms). No heater, airstone in tank for extra oxygen and to keep water a bit cooler. Also going to to fill the tank all the way instead of partially so that I can put an HOB filter on it without causing the major waterfall effect as an internal would if only partially filled. Since they are rather high bioload, I am going to go with a new AquaClear, either the 20 or 40 (depends if i go with a 15 or 20 gal). Going to keep the tank in my kitchen where my 5 gal is currently as it stays cooler in there and I can manage their tank temp better and keep it in the high 60s verses chancing a jump into the 70s possibly killing it. Going to take the frog, snail, and otos from the 5 gal and put them in the 29 gal, then will let the cycled 5 gal tank with the betta either go to my bedroom or have my friend take it and give me her uncycled traditional rectangle 5 gal that I can use later for my vampire crab set up I have been planning.
I know live plants will be uprooted and dragged by them, but plan on putting some in there regardless, I will pick up some 99 cent clippings that have rooted from one of my local fish stores.
Are you familiar with their needs? I am curious to what kind of things an axie may need inside of the tank for entertainment, hiding, and security and such. The axie will be housed solo, no other amphibians or fish. Does it need a cave? A tunnel? There isnt as much info available as I had hoped, but did find one great site with the basics and an indepth article of the scientifics of them as a creature.
Thanks again for opening my heart up to an animal I had no clue was able of being housed by anything other than a zoo. In January/February my best friend and I had went to the Dallas Zoo, well she loves reptiles, so we went to the reptile house there...she had her face dug into the glass of the snake tanks, while I found myself interested in the salamanders and dragons/lizards. I truely had no idea you could own a salamander like this legally. I knew you could own newts, and salamanders that come on land as well, but I guess it just didnt click or dawn on me! SOO glad you suggested this...I am in love, already got the okay from the hubby, and by June will have my very own!!!
Already picked a name. It will be called Boopsey! LOL The pink colored ones look like a showgirl to me with the feathery colorful gills, which reminds me of Betty Boop, thus, Boopsey! LOL yes, I am rather excited about this!!!