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are axolotls good for pets? and how to care axolotlys

        Axolotyl or water monster is an icon of Mexico whose existence is almost extinct due to environmental impacts. They are unique animals because the shape and structure as well as the face are very different from other aquatic creatures in general.

        They belong to the salamanders in Mexico, the country of tacos that is popular with its distinctive sombleiro hat. Latin name of Axolotyl is Ambystoma mexicanum. Axolotyl is similar to salamanders in general, namely neotonic. in other words, they don't undergo metamorphosis like butterflies or other animals, but they do transition from larvae to adults. The shape of the growing gill larvae makes them water-dwelling animals. However, there are cases of them being able to metamorphose and adapt to the soil, but this is quite difficult and only a few events occur in the world.

        Axolotyls are special animals, because they are able to regenerate their own body parts, even if they lose a part of their body, their regeneration speed is very fast and will restore their lost body parts with cell regeneration and it is very fast almost the same as regeneration of lizard tails.

        Axolotyl is a creature that is fairly long-lived, almost all Axolotyls can live for 10-15 years if properly cared for. Their skin and gills are very soft but very sensitive so they shouldn't be exposed to much hand touch unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. On average, these water monsters can't stay long on the water because they are basically the same as fish in the sea or fresh.

Care of Axolotyl from childhood

        In the care of young Axolotyls, they must be separated from their other siblings because it will have an impact on fighting among Axolotyls, but for older Axolotyls they are not easy to fight and will coexist in the pool if they are put together, but there is also a need for supervision in their maintenance.

Aquarium Size for Axolotyl

        For Axolotyl Aquarium Sizes to reach large sizes, they must be stored in an aquarium with a water content of up to 80 cubic liters in diameter but the position of the aquarium should not be full. Enough to have a height the size of an adult Axolotyl.

Filter use and water change in axolotl care

        It is necessary to provide a water filter in caring for them, because these salamander hobbyists often use a water filter to make it easier to maintain if there is no filter, 20% water changes must be done every day.

        However, as good as the filter used, it is still necessary to change the water 20% within a period of once a week. The filter must not have a strong current in other words slow the flow of the water by using a faucet or similar device.

        In replacing water, it should not be 100% direct because it will have an impact on the biology of the water which makes the axolotyl adapt to the water, chlorine and chloramine must be removed from the water, it is recommended to use a chlorine removal device. The water pH for Axolotyl should range from 6.5 to 7.5 near neutral.

        If you want to add sand as a base, use slightly coarse sand because if there is fine sand, it will be swallowed if the axolotyl is during lactation.

Good Temperature and Light for Axolotyl

      The aquarium should be placed in a cool place out of direct sunlight. The water should be kept cool, between 14 -20°C and never exceed 24°C. No special light requirements. Making some dark compartments in the aquarium will make them happy.

Good food for Axolotyl

        In nature, the axolotl feeds on snails, worms, crustaceans, small fish and small amphibians. In the aquarium, they can be fed with artemia, finely chopped liver, worms produced in culture media, bloodworms, and finfish food. We recommend that you give a variety of each feed. Non-edible feed should be removed from the tank.

When the Axolotyl metamorphosed with land life

        Axolotls Live on Land: Axolotls sometimes undergo metamorphosis and adapt to the soil. The conditions under which the metamorphosis took place were unfavorable conditions. Metamorphosis can occur as a result of changes in water conditions or the administration of thyroid hormones. In the treatment of axolotyl which metamorphoses on land must be different from the previous treatment, if wrong in care, will result in shortening the life and increasing stress levels in these creatures.

        This wild creature is threatened with extinction due to predators and also environmental pollution that is not beautiful.

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