What do axolotls need in their tank?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

Water Quality: Axolotls are aquatic animals and require clean and well-maintained water in their tank. This means regularly monitoring and maintaining the water parameters such as temperature, pH levels, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels. It is important to keep these levels within the appropriate range for axolotls to thrive.

Filtration System: A good filtration system is essential for maintaining excellent water quality in an axolotl tank. The filter should be able to remove waste, debris, and excess food from the water, preventing the build-up of harmful substances. A combination of mechanical, biological, and chemical filtration is recommended for optimal results.

Substrate: Choosing the right substrate is important for axolotls as they can accidentally ingest small particles, leading to digestive issues. It is best to use a smooth and large-sized substrate, such as river rocks or sand, to minimize the risk of ingestion. Avoid using sharp or abrasive materials that can harm the axolotls’ delicate skin.

Decorations and Plants: Axolotls appreciate hiding spots and areas to explore in their tank. Adding caves, PVC pipes, or driftwood can provide them with shelter and make them feel secure. Live or artificial plants can also be added to provide additional hiding spots and improve the overall aesthetics of the tank. However, ensure that any decorations or plants are securely anchored to prevent them from falling and potentially injuring the axolotls.

Lighting: While axolotls do not require intense lighting, a gentle and dim light source can be beneficial for simulating natural daylight cycles. It is important to strike a balance between providing enough light for the axolotls to see and navigate their surroundings while avoiding excessive brightness that can cause stress.

Axolotls require a well-maintained tank with good water quality, a suitable filtration system, and appropriate substrate. Providing hiding spots, decorations, and plants can enhance their habitat and overall well-being. Adequate lighting is also important for their daily routines. By meeting these requirements, you can create a suitable and comfortable environment for your axolotls to thrive.