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Axolotl Babies

Discussion in 'Livestock' started by esoteric, May 14, 2010.

  1. esoteric

    esoteric Member

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    Livestock: axolotl babies
    Quantity for sale: more than 10
    Reason for Sale: need space
    Delivery or Collection: collection only
    Sales price: 4 month old babies £4 each: 2 month babies £2 each
    Postage & Packaging:No
    Location: Skelmersdale, Lancashire (WN8 9AB)
    Photograph: See below


    Hi

    I have some axolotl babies measuring in at between 50mm and 90mm.

    They are eating frozen bloodworm and pellets and the largest ones are attempting chopped earthworms.

    Mum, Kylie, is a golden albino

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    Dad, Mike, is an olive green wild type.

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    I have both wild type and golden albino babies on offer, promising some great colouration and markings.

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    Collection only from Skelmersdale in Lancashire (WN8 9AB)

    £4 each

    Please don't ask me to post.


    I also have some 2 month old axolotl babies for sale. (no pictures) These come from dad, Mike, and leucistic mother, Blade. They are slightly paler than the wild type babies pictured above, they are around 30mm in length and they are eating freshly hatched brine shrimp only.

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    £2 each

    Again, please don't ask me to post.


    Please only respond to this ad if you have fully researched axolotls and are confident of raising them to adults.


    Find out more about axolotls from my page HERE. (work in progress)

    Or HERE

    Thank You​
     
  2. lucejayne123

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  3. esoteric

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    Hi LuceJayne123,

    Thanks for your interest. You are welcome over any evening between say 5 o'clock and 9 o'clock if that's ok. I will PM my details.

    Regards
    Ron.
     
  4. Ashley1991

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    hope you dont mind the free bump and comment but there absolutly facinating! i saw one in my fish shop once but never knew what it was called would love some of these one day:)

    sorry to kind of hijack but really there are stunning :good:

    Ash
     
  5. esoteric

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    You're more than welcome to hijack my thread with nice axolotl comments Ash. It was their looks that first attracted me but having kept them, for just over a year now, I can say hand on heart that the best thing about them is their character. They watch everyone all the time, coming up to the glass to have a better look when someone is doing something near them. I have a couple of very greedy girls that scoot around gobbling pellets up before the other 2 have a chance at them and a male that rags earthworms, like a dog with a rope. I could go on and on...they fascinate me also.

    Ron.
     
  6. Ashley1991

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    sound like a gerat pet to have may have to research them now :good:

    ash
     
  7. Jenste

    Jenste Resurrecting the Passion of Fishkeeping

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    out of curiousity sake....how do you care for them? tank size? stats? food....you know, the basics....I can't find anyone around me who knows anything about them!!
     
  8. esoteric

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    Hi Jenste, everything you will ever need to know about axolotls can be found HERE.

    But very briefly:
    * axolotls are an endangered species in the wild.
    * they are a type mexican mole salamander.
    * they are neotenous, which means they remain fully aquatic throughout their life.
    * they live in cold water between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.
    * In captivity they have been known to grow to 45 centimetres but 30cm (1ft) is more usual.
    * they have been known to live for over 20 years in captivity. 10-20 years is quite normal.

    A basic setup for one axolotl would be a 2ft tank with an internal filter fitted with a spray bar (they don't like a current). Substrate should be sand, slate bed or left bare. They need rocks, caves, tunnels and plants for cover. They do not like strong light. Keeping them cool throughout summer, or in a centrally heated house can be a challenge. They are sensitive to chlorine and if your local authority use chloramine, it will eventually kill them, so a dechlorinator/dechloraminator is absolutely essential. They need a weekly 25% water change and they eat a staple diet of live earthworms with some frozen bloodworm and sinking pellets given as a supplement to provide a little variety. I've heard a rough rule of thumb is 1 axolotl per 10 gallons of water but I'd say 1 axolotl in a 2ft tank, 2-3 in a 3ft tank and 4-5 axolotls maximum in a 4ft tank. Full grown axolotls can foul their water quickly so it's not just about the footprint of the tank.

    Ron.
     
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    I wish you lived closer :( a 6+ hour round trip would be a bit much.
     
  10. esoteric

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    Hi dipsydoodlenoodle.

    Don't you fancy raising axolotls from eggs?
    It's really quite easy, all you need is a source of dechlorinated water and some brine shrimp.

    See HERE.

    I still have some eggs from Kylie, my golden albino, fathered by Mike, my big fella,
    expected to hatch sometime between May 28 and June 4th,

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    eggs from Gilbit, my leucistic female, again fathered by Mike,
    expected to hatch sometime between May 23rd and May 28th,

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    Just

    £8.50
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    for 12 eggs


    Price includes 1st class, next working day postage
    to UK mainland.

    PM me for PayPal details

    Also available through eBay

     
  11. dipsydoodlenoodle

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    I'd rather have a pre-hatched egg (i.e. a young axolotl). My main problem with the eggs are what if they all hatch and survive? I wouldn't want to get rid of them :( lol
     
  12. esoteric

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    Very good point dipsydoodlenoodle and loads of respect for your attitude. I usually sell eggs in batches of 12 because you almost certainly find 1 or 2 don't hatch and then you typically lose 2 or 3 larvae in the first couple of weeks, no matter how well you think you have cared for them.

    However, that still leaves about 8 larvae that have the potential to become 1ft long adults, living for up to 20 years. Anyone buying eggs should think about this. You do get attached and to keep 8 axolotls you really would need a second 4ft tank about 12 months down the line.

    I've given a few babies to family and friends and I've also sold quite a few. You would be surprised how far some people will travel, though I agree 6+ hours is pushing it a bit...lol. As a last resort I know a couple of responsible LFS's that will take a few off me but the temptation to try to rehome them without LFS assistance is great. I'm looking to buy one of those concrete garages because I'm going to need more space soon ;o)

    Ron.
     
  13. dipsydoodlenoodle

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    You will get more attached as well if you have hatched them and had them grow and become big and strong on you.

    For your prices I would have taken one but it's not fair on the axolotl to do the drive home :(.

    I do hope you manage to sell them.
     
  14. esoteric

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    BUMP!


    All Gilbit's eggs have gone now thank you.
    Kylies eggs going fast.
    Only about a dozen golden albino babies left.
    Plenty of wild type babies left.

    Thank You
     
  15. VickiandKev

    VickiandKev Fishaholic

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    Please could you post again when you have more eggs from your olive wild-type?

    I have 3 axolotls myself all around 12 months old and am looking for an olive green wild-type to join the group :)
    Your axies are gorgeous and it's reassuring to know I'm not cramping up my guys - there's a lot of conflicting advice on the net about axolotls, but I keep mine in a 4ft tank with sand substrate, bogwood and silk plants and they eat earthworms. They certainly seem happy enough and smile all the time :lol:
     

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