Axolotl Care

Axolotl Parameters: Axolotls require temperatures between 60°F (16°C) and 64°F (18°C)

Ammonia <0.1ppm / Nitrite <0.1ppm / Nitrate <45ppm / pH 7.4-7.6 / KH 50-143ppm / GH 125-250ppm

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) are paedomorphic salamanders that originate from Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco in Mexico. These animals are nearing extinction in the wild due to urbanization in Mexico City. 

Adult Axolotls range in size from 6-18 inches. 

These animals have specialized external gills that allow them to collect oxygenated water and distribute oxygen within their bodies. Because of this, many aquarium medications and solutions can cause extreme harm and even death. Do not use Stress Coat medications or any dechlorinators with tea tree oils in them. This will coat the external gills and cause suffocation.

Axolotls come in a variety of colors: Wild type, Albino, Leucistic, GFP Glow, Melanoid, Copper, Mosaic, Iridophores, and Axanthic.

The GFP glow gene is not tattooed or injected. GFP is a genetic modification naturally derived in jellyfish. This gene causes the axolotl to glow a bright green fluorescence when exposed to ultraviolet light. It may also be noticeable within the eyes of the axolotl, and occasionally you can catch a glimpse of a greenish hue within their body structure. GFP genetic modification happens within the cells of a developing egg and will remain a genetic factor from  the animals' offspring.

Genetic modification in the pet industry has been a topic of much debate. We do keep GFP axolotls at A2F and have not noticed any abnormalities or concerns that the GFP gene causes any life altering or quality of life concerns. These animals grow and thrive normally just like unmodified axolotls. We do not genetically modify axolotls. This process has been done in a lab by scientific professionals and the gene has been passed down "naturally" through generations of offspring.

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