Pictures of various axolotls

Pictures of axolotls

Pictures of axolotls

Friday, March 18, 2011

At Least Put A Blanket Over The Tank For Privacy For God Sake.

Breeding. Thats right, Breeding.
My little fellas ain't up to it yet, but that doesn't mean i can't touch on it and give you guys some info. So, hopefully the title makes sense now.



The "Bonding"
Takes axolotls around 6 months - 1 year to become sexually mature (remember this is still all in the juvenile stage of life).
Axolotls, like birds, will form a bond with each other and begin the mating process. (Note: Its not a good idea to breed axolotls until they reach their full size)
The "Mating"
Basic:The male axolotl will "Swim around the tank" for a while, and make gestures at the female, such as pushing up is tail and tapping on the females vent. The male will then leave Packs around the tank and try to lead the female over them, the female will then pick one of them up (With her cloaca), and be pregnant.


The "Laying of the eggs"

The impregnation usually happens between 2-4 hours. The female will then begin laying eggs somewhere the female finds appropriate. i.e. on plants or soft gravel. The female will leave between 100- or 1000 eggs in just 1 session. After the eggs are fertilized, its best to take both axolotls out of the tank. 

The "Hatching"

The eggs "if all has gone well" should hatch in 2-3 weeks, or about 17 days. The eggs have shown to have better hatching results if placed near plants as the water circulation has a better effect to them. Dont expect all 1000 eggs to hatch though! And Remember:
Axolotls are cannibalistic in nature and go through a "Cannible" phase for the first 6 months of their life.







*Update*
No! No No, i promised myself this wouldn't do this.  I've wanted an Axolotl for ages and swore i'd take care of it. Recently because of all the stuff in life thats been happening, Im starting to get lazy. The usual 20 degrees celcius temp i like to remain went up to 26 degrees the other day! Poor fish were boiling in there! I've been lazy with the Ice bottles and keeping the tank both clean and cold.
The Super worms (That i mentioned earlier) Are still alive and moving, Except that they don't seem so eager for them anymore. You got to give variety to the axolotls so il vary them on blood worms and ...wait for it.. OX KIDNEY. Yeah i managed to get my hands on a frozen ox kidney and theres enough to feed them for months on it. Also, I notice the axolotls are either spitting out or not fully digesting the worm and i see half of it usually moldy floating around in the tank. Eek. Better give it a good rinse out tomrrow then, ay?
Anywho, see you in a couple days guys,
I'm a whole lotl axolotl



-Josh

77 comments:

  1. Wow these little guys sex life sucks.

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  2. These things are so cool followed!

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  3. An interesting post, very original

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  4. If they mate maybe you can sell the babies?

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  5. geez … sex isn't even fun for these little guys

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  6. fish sex is not as great a people sex

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  7. Good to see a new post from you, but that sucks that you've been busy. Hopefully the axolotl's will forgive you for a little heat.

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  8. Hilariuos, Great bloggin brother, keep up the good work...:)

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  9. I'm glad you can have them, so I don't have to. I have no more room.

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  10. So cute :D...We in Slovenia have something simmilar in our caves :)...followed

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  11. Really interesting and well written post, thank you!

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  12. These are so cool!
    I've never heard of anyone keeping these as pets.

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  13. Haha I'm going to follow this blog purely for the fact that I've never even heard of Axolotls before. They look awesome!

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  14. just found your blog, never heard about this species before.. looks awesome as hell :) followed

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  15. Ship me an axolotl , anyone? I'll pay. We can negotiate rates. E-mail me at this.year.ended.in.june@gmail.com

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  16. Just found this blog. Those things are so cute!

    Wonder if the name has any relation to quezalcoatl???

    Following :)

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  17. I had a newt once that was given to me by this summer program I was attending. Had no idea how to take care of it; it died :(. Also, following.

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  18. once upon a time i owned a pretty large tank filled just with axelotl's. they're awesome.

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  19. Axolotls are so cute, especially the pink ones (I'm not an airhead lol!)and I love their little person-like hands. I'm reading all about them because I want one!

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  20. I just might have to get one of these someday, they would certainly get some fun conversation going with visitors!

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  21. I've always wanted one of these! Thanks :)

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  22. Awesome fish. My father always had a fish tank and he really enjoyed taking care of them. I never really got into it myself, although my brother took a liking to the hobby.

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  23. Their sex life reminds me of mine. :(

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  24. I have a new favourite blog to read with my morning coffee!

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  25. Those baby axolotls are hella cute.

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  26. Cool fish, I've never even heard of them before.

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  27. Those things like the pokemon Mudkip! lol. Anyway, as a biology major, I find your blog fascinating and will be following it! :)

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  28. They are very interesting animals. I would really like a few of these!

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  29. Haha some fucking intense fish. Followed. Definitely coming back daily. Mind checking out mine? I'm trying to get it off the ground.

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  30. Wow for some reason they look really cute. Also, not sure why my mouth started salivating... I like seafood i guess? Haha jokes. Interesting blog nonetheless, who needs NatGeo now!

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  31. HAHAHA there are not very many blogs as funny as this one :) stop being lazy so they dont die :)
    +following

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  32. Make some babies so i can have them!

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  33. lots on info that i would have never known

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  34. Oh man thats the cutest thing i have ever seen! haha

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  35. can't find any of them on amazon.com )=
    I need 1

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  36. Can you buy those in normal pet stores?

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  37. Do you know if it can be bought in regular pet stores?

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  38. Hahaha, I think it would be much easier if we could mate like this :P

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  39. Awesome fish man! Love the blog style! keep up the great work!

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  40. always been fascinated by these little critters. i settled on a darwin arboreous python for a unique pet :)
    +followed for future reference

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  41. Just found your blog, looking forward for more posts, I love the way you describe and talk about your pet

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  42. The firsthand info here is astoundingly useful for people who had no idea about how these awesome creatures' behaved, such as myself.

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  43. what a cute couple they make :)

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  44. such wacky little creatures. love it!

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