Frequently Asked Questions FAQ's
Here are the questions we receive most frequently.
How big do Axolotls grow?
Most Axolotls will generally grow to around 8 inches in length. Axolotls are not unheard of to reach lengths of 12 inches.
How long do Axolotls live?
Axolotls can live up to 15 years! However, in captivity, they are more known to live between 8-10 years on average if cared for properly.
What are GFP Axolotls?
Green fluorescent protein (GFP) Axolotls are Axolotls that have had an ancestor, somewhere down the line, with a genetically modified genetic line. This modification combined Axolotl DNA and Jellyfish DNA. This modification is not genetically inherited. Its original purpose was to aid us in cancer research.
Axolotls with this genetic trait will glow vibrant green under black or UV light.
What do Axolotls eat?
Check out our page on food for Axolotls.
How big should my tank be?
You will be around 10 Gallons per every adult Axolotl. This number can be negotiated a little since some aquariums are made with a greater surface area. If you are housing juveniles it's recommended to have 1 gallon for every inch your Axolotl is.
Can I keep more than one Axolotl?
Yes, of course. It is recommended to keep 1 adult Axolotl for every 10 gallons.
Does my tank need to be cycled?
YES! Does not matter what aquatic life you are keeping! cycle your tank, ensure you have a suitable and stable environment!
Do I need a filter?
Filters are not needed for your Axolotl to breath as they are amphibians. However, a filter is highly recommended to sustain a stable cycle. Cycling your tank without a filter is possible but not recommended.
Can I take my Axolotl out of my tank and pet it?
Please, just don't...
Is my Axolotl a male or female?
Check out our page on gender and sexual maturity.
What do I need to set up my tank?
We got you, we get this question so many times that we set up an entire page on it. Setting up my Axolotl Tank