Posted Feb 15, 2016
Axolotls are very unique fish that have origins in Mexico. This means that I always have to be careful of making sure I am not freezing him out. I raised Castiel from an egg in a biology class, so I have had the unique experience of being there from the beginning. Until he was full grown I had to carefully crush his little pellets of food up and administer them through a pipe so they would fall right in front of his face. Axolotls have really bad eye site, so until he learned how to get his food off the bottom of the tank, I had to make sure it was right in front of his eyes. Now, though he is really low maintenance with food, I just drop it into the tank and since he is a bottom feeder he finds it. Axolotls are not very sociable and since they have that bad eye site they tend to accidentally nibble on each other, thinking they are food, so I have never gotten him a playmate. That being said he does find with an algae eater, and I know another owner who uses snails, so they are fine. I tied one of those moss balls that are supposed to act as a natural kind of filter but he ate it/tore it to pieces and it clogged the real filter, so I don't plan on doing that again. Fully grown, a 10 liter tank is perfect for him, but I used a smaller one originally, and a small fish bowl when I first brought 1 inch Cas home. Tank maintenance is super easy, although he is hyper sensitive to soaps and the chlorine in our water, so I have to be careful with cleaning and I have to use de-chlorinating drops when adding water to it. (but I get those from Walmart so it is okay). He is okay with rocks at the bottom of his tank, but we discovered he had a tendency (again because of the bad vision) to accidentally eat them so we had to make sure they were the larger kind. All in all, because he looks cool and is a very low key aqua friend now that he is full grown, I love my axolotl.