They mainly feed by smell as they have poorly developed eyesight and prefer to eat at dusk, earthworms being one of their favorite foods, best to not have a deep substrate to ensure the earthworms cannot bury themselves out of reach for the Axolotl to eat.
Dry foods suitable are turtle pellets, they do well with these also.
Only feeding them every 2 days is sufficient, when it is cooler (say 10-15 degrees in the water) they will eat less so be careful not to overfeed at these times. Remember to always remove uneaten food to ensure no pollution occurs within the tank.
If kept with fish, ensure the fish do not bite the axolotl’s gills and ensure the axolotl has plenty of hiding places within the tank like rocks, plants, cut plastic pipes etc.
And also not be housed with fish small enough for the axolotl to eat them, but ultimately best not to have them in a tank with other fish.
Mexican walking fish are fascinating creatures looking, and often acting, like miniature pre historic monsters. These animals can grow up to 30cm in size make excellent pets, living up to 10 years.Axolotls are the larval stage of a salamander, and are different from other amphibians in that they have the ability to reproduce while remaining a sexually mature larva. They also have the ability to undergo metamorphosis (similar to a tadpole changing into a frog) and change to an air breathing, land dwelling, salamander, but this very seldom occurs. It seems that most strains have now lost the ability to metamorphose. Mexican walking fish come in various colours, including dark brown , olive, black, albino and golden (pictured above) forms, (which have bright pink gills) and a piebald (spotted) form, which is seldom seen.The name walking fish refers to the animal’s habit of walking whilst under water. They should not be removed from their aquarium and forced to crawl on land, as they cannot breathe out of water.
Earthworms are by far the most suitable food for walking fish. To ensure earthworms can’t bury out of reach in the aquarium gravel, where they would die within a few days, its best to limit gravel depth to a single layer of smooth standard aquarium gravel only a few millimeters thick.
An occasional feed of finely cut lean beef may be offered, but if fed regularly the fat in red meat would almost certainly lead to health problems such as fat accumulation in internal organs. Sinking fish pellets may also be offered. AI Naturals Range Frozen Turtle Mix is ideally suited to Axolotls as well.Feeding every second day is usually sufficient. Requirements for food vary with temperature, they normally refuse to eat if the temperature falls below 10°C or goes much above 20°C. Their preferred eating time is at dusk. Always remember to remove any uneaten food or pollution will occur.
Water Quality· Temperature: 10°C —20°C.· pH: 7.0 —7.5· General Hardness: 150 —200 ppm
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR NEW FISH
- Always quarantine your new fish to observe health and behaviour prior to introduction to your main aquarium.
- Make sure you check your water quality before adding new fish. Do a water change if required and check pH and GH.
- Sit the unopened bag in the top of the tank and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes for the temperature to equalise.
- Open the bag and pour fish and water into a bucket. Slowly add 1 cup of tank water into the bucket. Repeat this process every 5 minutes until you have doubled the water volume in the bucket.
- After another 5 minutes take your fish from the bucket with a clean fish net and release into your aquarium. DO NOT use the water from the bucket – throw this water away.
- A prophylactic treatment of the tank with Melafix, De Stress and or a broad spectrum anti biotic treatment, can help fish overcome the stress of getting relocated which often can bring illness.
Duty of care.
- Please be aware that all livestock images used are for example only as it is not possible to photograph and publish individual animals.
- eQuaria delivers live fish to local customers only within the Perth metro region.
- eQuaria recommends that all fish are quarantined for a period of 14 days in a separate aquarium prior to introduction to your main aquarium
- The duty of care for your fish passes to you on receipt.