Pictures of various axolotls

Pictures of axolotls

Pictures of axolotls

Monday, February 14, 2011

THESE THINGS CAN MORPH!



Hi guys, so im going to split my blog up into 2 sections from now on. The Red section will be about daily news on my own little axolotls and the blue section will be just about facts or cool things about Mexican walking fish you didn't know. So you can skip the facts and find out about how my pets are doing or vice versa:Note: These colours are subject to change, but the facts will always be on top.
 Some Axolotls have a wierd little ability. Usually when there out in the wild lakes of mexico, the Axolotl can develop lungs, harder feet and walk out of the water and become full land creatures. Kind of like a little lizard.
About 1 in a 1000 will do this in a fish tank, but there are some ways to try and force the effect.
The most common myth on metamorphosis  the Axolotl, would be to lower the water levels slowly in the tank and force the fish to morph. Although 90% this does not work and you end up killing the fish.
Some people believe that exposing Axolotls to an element. I.e. Iodine would help it that extra step, but because it is extremely poisoners, i do not recommended you do this to your little guy. Just enjoy him the way he is, but one day when your not looking he may decide to morph on you. And that 300$ Tank is a waste of everything.

Oh well, just another way these little guys are so awesome.
**Update**

Day 2:
The Axolotl's are settling into there new habitat with minor worries.

Aristotle *The white one* has been non stop swimming around and bumping his nose into the side glass of the tank. I think hes either really excited to be in a bigger environment then that of the crowded aquarium tank. Or maybe he just wants to get out. At least hes getting heaps of exercise and its better seeing them swim then laze around being the bottom dwellers they notoriously are.
Sagee: Sagee *the grey one* has been mopping around at the bottom of the tank. Ive been feeding them both daily, and i hope to not over feed them. Sagee looks sick but it may be just home sickness, or fright of being in this new big cage. (Damn, She looked active in the aquarium) Hopefully she stays steady and bursts into energy in the following days.
None of them seem to swim inside the 20$ log i bought them and Ive been keeping the water temperature at a constant 19-22c. with frozen water bottles.

Im trying to maintain 19 degrees Celsius 100% because temperature fluctuation are worse then it being too hot. I hope Sagee is not stressed.
Some people asked how much all up was the expenses. If you look in the paper or online you will find breeders sell there axolotls cheap. Around 10$ or so.
But anyhow
Hiding log, plant, gravel, tank, filter, 2 axolotls, food.
All came up to about 200$ (Australian)

But the tank was a bargain at a private seller. Aquariums are expensive i only suggest going to them for plants and food.

38 comments:

  1. im from mexico, where is their usual habitat? btw the color idea its good

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  2. this is a really cool subject! followed!!

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  3. Wow, I have heard of these things before, but I was unaware they could adapt to their habitat to that extent.

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  4. Do you know if axo's will climb out of their tanks? My friend kept some newts for a while but they climbed out one day and he hasn't found them since.

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  5. They're probably swimming in and out of the log while you're asleep lol. Hopefully they one starts swimming around soon, I'd hate to hear that Sagee is sick.

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  6. morphing animals are always interesting.

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  7. Wow, they morph? Like...like animorphs? That's pretty damn sweet. Just another layer of icing on top of the 'I want' cake.

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  8. I didn't know any animal could 'morph' tbh :L

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  9. Did you say on your twitter that they are sick? Are they okay?

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  10. At first I tought it was some lizard in your picture. Intresting fish :o

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  11. Wow, those things are just...bizarre! I want one but I can't pronounce the name. Suppose "Axo's" will do.

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  12. Thats so weird that they can move from water to land, real strange creatures.

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  13. That's awesome! Thing looks like it's from another planet...

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  14. Mudkips?! Haha jk!!

    Interesting read, I love the color idea!

    Following and returning contributions.

    Garage Zoku

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  15. Good material. Looking forward for more info on these awesome creatures.

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  16. Hope Sagee gets to feeling better, man.

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  17. sagee will probably feel better.. most likely overwhelmed the other two just need to stop being fidgty good luck guy this is an amazing update

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  18. Keeo an eye on Aristotle or he might morph and escape!

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  19. errr can they really morph like that? Does anybody know why? Do they have some inactive gene or something?

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  20. i hope sagee gets used to the new aquarium

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  21. I like the new format of your journal. You did the little Axolotls a favor by rescuing them from the pet store. I've heard some horrible stories about pet stores.

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  23. These things look so awesome. I'm jelly.

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  24. Axolotls are much cuter if they don't morph.

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  25. It's so dang cool when you get a morphing one. Hardly any of them do (like you said).

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  26. I'm thinking about buying an Axolotl ! They are so cool! I'll be following

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  27. i love these kinds of super exotic animals, ill definetly follow this blog

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  28. i have a little girl she is 10cm long active some time just a few little things i have learnt you should use sand rather than gravel as gravel gets stuck the there intestine an can kill them mine was very ill under weight not moving much in the end she pulled through after passing 8 pieces of gravel. she eats 2 earth worms a day this is ok once they get to 20cm start on 2 earth worms every other day to help keep your temp down used a dam towel around the tank with a fan this will bring temp down by using a fan alone will drop the temp by -3 degrees you are doing a good job with your little one PS i don't like morphed axies they lose there cheeky face an wonderful feather like gills i hope you have your little guy for along time

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  29. It's worth noting that axolotls are NOT fish , they're amphibians :)

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