Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted May 26, 2015
I got my axolotl from a family friend who just happened to breed them. I was kind of scared of it at first because I wasn't sure about how to handle or love a salamander. I got over that pretty quickly as I learned more about them. They are very laid back creatures! We had a 25 gallon tank, which was plenty of room for our axolotl. One thing we made sure to do was buy a filter for the tank. Axolotls need a filter. We changed our tank's water once a week just to be safe. I don't have a ton of experience with axolotls, but after years of having one and doing research, I've found that this is about right. We also learned very quickly not to put anything small like sand or small pebbles in the tank, because the axolotl will eat them. When they open their mouths to eat the food you drop into the tank, they'll suck in anything small enough, and this could cause major health problems.
For feeding, we fed our axolotl once a day, as it got older, we started feeding it every other day. Axolotls are carnivores, so make sure to keep their diet varied with things you can find in the pet store. I had read that axolotls would eat other smaller axolotls, so that freaked me out and I never wanted to introduce another axolotl. Other than that, I loved my axolotl! It doesn't live with me anymore, sadly. My parents got to keep it when I left for college. These creatures are very exciting for people who want a more exotic pet or cannot have any other kind of pet. My nephew also owns an axolotl because he is allergic to any kind of pet with fur. They are fun creatures, and are usually very relaxed.