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Axolotl advice #1
Hi everyone

First time posting here on the forum, and its only for a bit of advice really. My other half purchased an axolotl from the local pet shop about 2 weeks ago. He is using sand as a substrate, and the little guy is really thriving.

However, it gets too warm in the room that we are keeping him, so we are going to move him into a room that will keep the tank much cooler than it is now. Obviously we are going to have to empty the entire tank so that we can move it. But he was wondering weather or not it would be safe to place regular play sand for the substrate, or just stick with the stuff that he gets from the pet store.

Thanks for any advice that you can give!
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Re: Axolotl advice #2
Yes, play sand is fine as a substrate in aquaria, as long as it's not the coloured stuff. Just make sure to give it a good rinse first.
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Re: Axolotl advice #3
Thank you for the info! I'll be sure to thoroughly rinse out the sand before I place it in the tank for toothless (yep, that's what the little axolotl is called)

Thanks again for your help
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Re: Axolotl advice #4
Ive been told not to use sand or gravel for axolotls as they might try and eat it.

They are usually kept in bare bottomed tanks or with stones too big to get in their mouths. Ive also seen people use resin to make a sheet of sand so it looks like sand but isnt edible.
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Re: Axolotl advice #5
I just switched my betta tank to sand, apparently some can make the water quite dirty but I used tesco play sand and its perfect, only gave it a quick rinse and it settled really quick, so thought I'd let you know :D ?3 for a 10kg bag, or 2 for ?4
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Re: Axolotl advice #6
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Onyxia wrote:
Ive been told not to use sand or gravel for axolotls as they might try and eat it.


That's what I thought as well, but I've been doing a little research about it. Apparently sand is fine as a substrate for axolotls as it causes little to no impaction when they accidentally swallow it. The only thing that I have been warned away from using is small gravel.

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Gingerbread_Gem wrote:

I just switched my betta tank to sand, apparently some can make the water quite dirty but I used tesco play sand and its perfect, only gave it a quick rinse and it settled really quick, so thought I'd let you know :D ?3 for a 10kg bag, or 2 for ?4


That's good to know - even better since I work for tesco. It's not glamerous, but it pays for all the fishy related purchases I will have a look tonight to see if I can get any.
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Re: Axolotl advice #7
Hi I have 3 Axies and they have sand in their tank, I did alot of research before getting my first one and sand was by far the most recommended substrate for them. I did try them on tiles but they were not too happy so I put sand in and they have been happy ever since.
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Re: Axolotl advice #8
How do you tell if they are happy? They alway look grumpy to me

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Re: Axolotl advice #9
my axies penelope and spyro love sand, they sometimes bury their noses...so cute. i placed pieces of slate around tank aswell, they seem to like it.