Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Mar 26, 2014
Axolotls look very exotic and interesting. Their gills stick out the side of their head like little furry caterpillars. They are relatively simple pet to keep but you do need to know about keeping great water quality as they can be messy.
Axolotls should be kept in a sand or bare bottom tank. They could ingest larger gravel and that will cause impaction and could kill them. A few plants or moss in the tank will also improve water quality. Keep in mind that axolotls are fully aquatic and need to be submerge in water. Make sure to use water conditioners to remove harmful chemicals from tap water before adding it to your aquarium.
Axolotls should be handled carefully when moved (and only moved when necessary). A very find mesh net is the best choice to catch and transfer your axolotl. Other than for necessary transportation, axolotls should not be handled because of their delicate skin. Keeping fish with axolotls is generally advised against as fish could nip or brush at the axolotl's gills.
Axolotls are wonderful and exotic pet to own. I recommend this for people who doesn't mind a calm and quiet pet who is rather stationary and not that interactive.