Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 15, 2015
Bob is an albino axolotal and was given to me for my 18th birthday by one of my best friends. He had to travel several hours to get to my house and by this time was extremely stressed out. A few months later I thought he was dead because he had grown an bacteria / algea over hill gills. I rang my mums friend who works at a pet shop and she said I had to take him out of the tank to give him salt baths. I then had to pour salt on his gills which burnt them off. He recoverd and started to gain weight.
Bob was really difficult for us to feed because he would not eat the pellets so we had to hand feed him meal worms everyday. Sometimes he would be fussy and refused to eat so then we would have to buy small white cloud fish which he would occasionally snack on.
When I went off to university (6 hours away to Adelaide) the following March then my parents had to look after him for me. Then I moved to the other side of the country to Perth four years later, my parents gave me the option of taking Bob with me or we could give him to a new family. I decided that I could not fly or drive 37 hours with him safely. Bob has a new family now and has learnt to eat pellets. Axolotals live for between 12 - 15 years.