when people ask what kind of fish they can keep in an unheated, unfiltered 1 gallon tank
…but you have to be willing to do 100% water changes every other day (after you feed), and have a basically undecorated tank except for large rocks and smooth plastic hides. And also technically not be keeping a FISH.
Obviously axos do appreciate having more space, but from what I’ve seen even experienced fishkeepers seem to have a lot of trouble keeping axo tanks cycled properly, so that isn’t always the best option. They’re extremely hardy to pretty much everything, which makes them great for beginners.
Oh man, axolotl research labs would make you absolutely flip your shit.
I was a bit inaccurate when I said 100% water change. What I meant was, “You transfer the animal to another container and scrub out everything with baking soda before you even think about putting it back. Substrate? What’s that?” Instead of cycling, you’re wiping out everything that lives there and could potentially fuck with the balance. A very different mentality, but the lab where I worked has multiple 15-year-olds still in good health that have spent their entire life cycle there.
Axolotls are not fish. They have very different care needs and requirements from fish. While a naturalistic setup is cute, as long as your animal has space to swim – which might not actually be that much of a footprint, if you’re dealing with a juvenile – and a hide, they’re good. They don’t have issues with nitrogenous waste to the same degree fish do, so cycling a tank isn’t necessary.
I usually try to aim for at least slightly higher than laboratory minimums for my own personal pets but ok sure whatever
How is an adult axolotl even going to physically fit in a 1 gallon?
Sure if you started with a juvenile it would eventually end up so horribly, painfully stunted by the lack of room that it might somehow survive in such awful conditions long term, but most of us actually want our animals to reach their natural proportions because we’re keeping them as pets and not trophies.
An adult shouldn’t even be able to PHYSICALLY FIT in a 1 gallon so uh literally what the fuck
This made my kidneys fail oh my hhhhhell.
WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS BULLFOOLERY