Axolotl Care


Smart phone and tablets users please use the “3-bar” Menu Button in the upper right of this page, to get to the Website Menu. Also please wait while the a minute for the website to load 30 pages, Thank you is the World’s Best “All Axolotl Website” The Axolotl care instructions are complete, easy to understand, accurate and will not endanger the Axolotl’s life. We also explain the science behind our Axolotl care instructions. Axolotls are now Extinct in the wild. The Mexican Government will not acknowledge the fact that the Axolotl are Extinct from the Wild. The reason why the Axolotl is Extinct was a man made problem; Water Pollution (Human Waste) found in the Water. Making the water safe and clean could have been done but the Mexican Government chose to do nothing to save the Axolotl. . . The Axolotl is also known as: Mexican Water Dragon

The Axolotl Are Now Extinct In The Wild

What is the reason why the Axolotl are extinct? It is because of Human Waste (Water Pollution) in the in the Canals of Xochimilco.

  • Who is responsible for the Axolotl going extinct in the wild? Luis Zambrano a Mexican government scientists, who over the years posted YouTube videos and never stated the real reason why the Axolotl was going extinct in the wild; Human Waste (Water Pollution) was in the in the Canals of Xochimilco
  • Luis Zambrano took part in a covered up to hide the fact why the Axolotl are extinct in the wild from Human Waste in the Water
  • In the end Luis Zambrano and the Mexican government did nothing to clean the Human Waste out of the Canals of Xochimilco
  • The Axolotl cannot be put back into Canals of Xochimilco until Human Waste is taken out the Canals of Xochimilco. There are no plans to clean Canals of Xochimilco

I have listed the contact information for Luis Zambrano below:

Luis Zambrano
Laboratorio de Restauración Ecológica
Instituto de Biología, UNAM
tel: (52) 55 56229148

fax: (52) 55 55500164

This video shows that there are no Axolotls in the Wild:

I need your help to save the Captive Breed Population of Axolotls, if they are to survive. Captive breed population of Axolotls will need to be outbreed to a large population of genetically diverse captive breed Axolotls Worldwide. The Axolotl is still listed under appendage 11 species in the CITES Appendices. This CITES is restricting Captive Breed Axolotl movements around the world. If the Captive Breed Axolotl population continues to be inbreed this will causing irreversible DNA damage to their DNA genome and will eventually the Captive Breed Axolotl will be extinct too.

Please help me telling the Mexican government that they needs to declare the Axolotl is extinct in the wild, so that the CITES restrictions can end for the Captive Breed Axolotls.

The Captive Breed Axolotls population needs to be genetically viable if they are to have any future. If we do nothing about the CITES then the Captive Breed Axolotls will be extinct too.

Please help me end the Mexico CITES: Please contact/email the person below:

Management Authority / Autoridad Administrativa / Organe de gestion

Yolanda Aurora Alaniz Pasini
Directora General de Vida Silvestre
Subsecretaría de Gestión para la Protección Ambiental
Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT)
Av. Ejercito Nacional 223, Nivel 13
Col. Anahuac,
Delegación Miguel Hidalgo
CP 11320, MÉXICO, D.F.

Tel: +52 (55) 56 24 33 06/09
Fax: +52 (55) 56 23 33 10
Email: yolanda.alaniz @


What states are Axolotls illegal to own?

Buy-Axolotls will not ship Axolotls to the State of California (CA), New Jersey (NJ) and Hawaii (HI). The Possession of  Axolotls is illegal in the State of California (CA), and New Jersey (NJ); because the Axolotl is on the endangered species list. Also does not have the necessary Hawaiian permit.

How do I know that information on this website is correct?
We at have been breeding Water Dragons since 2001 and that is the only animal that we breed. The information that we state on this website is what we do and have been doing since 2001. The first thing you notice about Axolotls is that the Axolotl does not move around a lot. They sit on the bottom of the tank usually cuddling or laying on top of each other and the Axolotl on the bottom does not care that the other Axolotl that is on top. The only time you see Axolotl move is when an Axolotl is come up for a breath of air. Axolotl must go up to get a breath of air every 20 minutes which is 72 times per day. An 10 gallon tank is only 12 inches high makes it easy for a Axolotl to get a breath of air. That is why recommend that you buy a 10 gallon tank.

We have tested everything that we recommend to you on this website.  For example we state that you can put two adults in a 10 gallon aquarium with no filter. You only need to remove any uneaten food and waste every day. We tested this by putting (qty 4) 12 inch adults in a 10 gallon aquarium and found that (qty 4) Water Dragons could not build up enough Ammonia, Nitrate and Nitrite levels to harm the Water Dragons in the tank. These chemicals are coming from; Ammonia (cause by the Water Dragon’s Urine) and the Nitrate and Nitrite  (cause by the Water Dragon’s Waste and Rotting Food) that is in the water. For all you Nay Sayers, I say do the test yourself. You will see I am right.

If you do water changes the 1 per week you will be removing 90% of the Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrite in your aquarium. If you do not do weekly water changes then the levels of Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrite in your aquarium will reach levels that will kill your Water Dragon. So it very important that you do water changes 1 per week. Doing water changes each week will greatly extend the life of your Water Dragons.

The temperature of the aquarium is very important should be between 57° to 72°degrees Fahrenheit. The perfect temperature is 68° and below. Lower temperatures result in slow moving salamanders with slower metabolism, while higher temperatures than 68° will cause stress and kill your Water Dragon (Axolotl). If your temperature is too cold this will only slow the Water Dragon’s (Axolotl) metabolism. It is better to be too cold than too hot. 

What is the best location for a Water Dragons – Axolotl tank?
When choosing a location for your Water Dragons (Axolotl) tank you need to take into consideration some very important factors. First being that the water temperature must remain at 57° to 68° any higher and your Water Dragons (Axolotl) will die. You need to keep your tank away from direct sunlight; heat registers because they are a source of heat. Do not use a tank light because that is another source of heat. The perfect environment for your Water Dragons (Axolotl) is a basement (below ground level) especially if it is not heated. If you do not have a basement; I recommend that you use a non-contact laser thermometer to help you find the coldest location in your house, apartment, or dormitory.



How to make a Safe Axolotl tank click here. Water Dragons – Axolotls should not share their living space with other animals especially fish smaller than their mouth because they will eat them. Also the fish will go after the Water Dragon’s – Axolotl external gills. Water Dragons – Axolotls that are 6 inches long are social animals and need to live with other Water Dragons – Axolotls.

Water Dragons (Axolotls) are 100% aquatic and spend their entire life in water. So an Aquarium Fish Tank is the ideal home. But you need to give your Water Dragon – Axolotl enough room to move around. So a 10 gallon fish tank is good for 2 Adults Water Dragons – Axolotls. A good rule is for every 10 gallon you can have 2 Water Dragons. A low long tank are better that a high tank. The Water Dragons tank should only have about 10 inches of water in it.

Water Dragons – Axolotls that are 6 inches long are social animals and need to live with other Water Dragons – Axolotls. It is okay to mix females and males Water Dragons – Axolotls together. The males Water Dragons – Axolotls should not aggressive to other males or females are and females have no problems would other females and males.

If you change 90% of the water 1 time per week you do not need a filter. Filters are important but you will still need to do water changes 1 per week. If you do buy a filter, stay away from filters that produce a large current because the Water Dragons – Axolotls like calm water with no current. A sponge filter works great. Water Dragons – Axolotls will eat gravel in the tank so it is a good idea to use no gravel or to use smooth rocks that are lager than the size of the Water Dragon – Axolotl mouth.

Water Dragons – Axolotls enjoy caves and other decorations to hide in but make sure that the Water Dragon Axolotls it has plenty of room so that they cannot get trapped inside. Also if your decoration is painted and starts to lose its paint, take it out immediately because the paint if eaten may be harm the Axolotl.

What about the water?
Water Dragons – Axolotls like Cold Clean Water. You can use tap water for your water changes but let the water run so that it gets as cold as possible. You need to do a 90% water change every week. It is better to change too much water than too little. If your tap water is safe for you to drink then it will be safe for a Water Dragon that are 3 months or older, so you can leave the chlorine in your water. However, if your tap water is not safe to drink then it would not be safe for your Water Dragon.

Water Dragons have lungs like we do and are air breathers, unlike fish that has gills and would breathe the chlorine in the water. The chlorine will turn into a gas and be out of the tank within 24 hours. By leaving the chlorine in your water it will kill any harmful bacteria that may be on the Water Dragons or in the tank.

One last point regarding chlorine, as you know swimming pools have chlorine levels that are 1,000’s of times higher than drinking water. Can you please tell me how many people have died from swimming in chlorinated pools? Please include Babies and Competitive Swimmer who swim up to 4 hours per day in a chlorinated pool; in your total. … And the ANSWER is 0 … No person has ever die from swimming in a chlorinated pool, which has chlorine levels 1,000’s of times higher than drinking water; because Water Dragons and Humans are air breather and use their lungs to breath the Air not the Water. By taking time to do water changes each week this will greatly extend the life of your Water Dragons.

Do not use a Tank Light. Water Dragons – Axolotls do not like bright light (they do not have eye lids) and a tank light is a heat source that will raise the temperature in your tank. Avoid putting live plants in your tank because plants need lots of light to survive. The best location for your light is on the on the ceiling, this way the light cannot heat your tank. Other sources that can cause the temperature to rise is putting your tank in direct sun light on your tank and a heating outlet, avoid these locations. Do not use a black light or UV light for long periods of time; because it will damage your Water Dragon’s eye site.

In their native habitat, Water Dragons – Axolotls eat the abundant small fish, worms, and crustaceans, various small invertebrates such as daphnia, and other smaller amphibians. They will in fact eat just about anything that will fit into their mouth, but this doesn’t mean they should. You can feed Water Dragons; Live Rosy Minnows, Live Red Worms, Live Black Worms and Frozen Blood Worms and Water Dragon Pellets. The Water Dragon Pellets are available on this website under the “Axolotl Food” menu at the top right left hand side.…/

Water Dragon – Axolotl Food Pellets; Clink Here: Axolotls Pellets

Avoid feeding them mince or other budget meats as they cannot tolerate the high fat content. Any food that is not eaten after 24 hours needs to be removed. Otherwise the food will begin to spoil and if eaten will make your Water Dragon sick. Also any solid waste material should also be removed and you can do this with a small net. If your axolotl is not eating be sure to check the water quality and temperature first.

An important consideration for tank mates is that the Water Dragons – Axolotls like cold water 57° to 72° degrees Fahrenheit. Water Dragon cannot be kept with other fish because fish like to nip at the Water Dragon gills. Also a Water Dragons will eat any thing they can fit in their month including other smaller Water Dragons. However, you can have small feeder fish with your Water Dragon; however these feeder fish are being used as a live food source for your Water Dragons.

There are literally hundreds of self appointed Axolotl experts out there on the Internet. Some these guys even have impressive sounding names like PH.D. If you put 100 of these so-called Axolotl experts in one room you would have 100 different opinions. A vast majority of these self appointed experts use Tropical Fish care instructions. They don’t know that an Axolotl is a cold blooded air breathing amphibian. It’s like saying that it’s okay to use Polar Bear care instructions for Human care. Also these internet posting are only from book knowledge or from very limited personal experience breeding axolotls. So a good question to ask these self appointed Axolotl experts: Are you currently breeding Axolotls? If so; how long?

More importantly, you need to understand what is motivating the writer to make these postings.  Are these postings emotional? Or are they trying to scare you? Or do they try to make you think that you need a PH.D. to raise an Axolotl? Could the real purpose be that they want you to join a Forum or send a donation? If so, the information they are posting is probably questionable at best.

Since 2002 we at we have continuous practical experience in care and feeding of Water Dragon – Axolotl. The information we provide on our website is time-tested, hands-on practical experience from working with our Water Dragons. We continue to take a practical common sense approach in the care and feeding of our Water Dragons and hope that you will too.

Water Dragons – Axolotls are unique and easy to keep. They can live for up to 15 years and make an excellent pets and companions. Water Dragons (Axolotls) do not bite, do not have claws, not poisonous and are very child friendly. If you have any questions please email us at or call Philip Vena at 1-630-390-7070


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