Axolotl Cannibalistic Stage

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Conflicting website information: Buy-axolotls.com states that a 6 inch Axolotl is out of the cannibalistic stage. Axolotl.org website state when the Axolotl is one year then they are out of the cannibalistic stage. Who is right?
Any breeder will tell you that a (1) one year old axolotl is under 6 inches long and is still in the cannibalistic stage. So stating that a one year old Axolotl is out of the cannibalistic stage is wrong information. Either Axolotl.org knows that the information is incorrect or should have known that the information is incorrect. The correct information is that an Axolotl needs to be 6 inches or longer to be out of the cannibalistic stage.

How do I know that information on this website is correct?
At Buy-Axolotls.com 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. 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 the (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 picture below is of an Axolotl with a bite mark on its leg.
If you see this, you must remove your Axolotl from the tank until the bite wound is healed. Put your Axolotl in a 2 1/2 gallon sick tank and do 100% water changes every day.

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When I see Water Dragons at a store how do I know if they are Cannibalistic?
If the Water Dragon is under 6 inches long they are in the Cannibalistic Stage. Look for missing legs, feet and toes. If the Water Dragon is over 6 inches long then watch their behavior; Cannibalistic Water Dragons will not be near each other because they are worry about being attacked by the other Water Dragons in the tank. Non-Cannibalistic Water Dragons like to lay on each other and beside each other.

If you see sand or gravel in the tank, they have probably eating it and will die from eating it. Also if the aquarium has Tropical Fish in it, then that means that tank temperature is 76 degrees which is way out of the temperature range a Water Dragon can survive at. Do not buy a Water Dragon that is less than 3 inches. Do not mate these Water Dragons because they are Brother and Sister.

Why does your Buy-Axolotls.com state that Water Dragons – Axolotl are Social Animals and should be together with other Water Dragons after they are 6 inches long. While other people and websites say not to put a Water Dragon with any other Water Dragon?
Water Dragon’s Cannibalism is a learned and remember behavior. At Buy-Axolotls we separate our Water Dragons – Axolotl during the Cannibalistic Stage. Because our Water Dragons are separate during the Cannibalistic Stage so that they never learn to be Cannibalistic. When they are 6 inches long you can put the together with other adults.

The reason why other people and web sites say not to put an Axolotls in with other adults is because they did not separate their Axolotls during the Cannibalistic Stage. These Axolotls will be Cannibalistic for their entire life. Yes it cost less money to raise Axolotls all together, but the Breeder is ethically wrong to raise Axolotl together during the Cannibalistic stage, because of the damage they will cause each other by tearing off each other legs, feet and toes; etc.

What about the cannibalistic stage?
Juvenile Water Dragons – Axolotl under 6 inches will be cannibalistic towards each other, so it is best raise them in separate tanks or use a tank divider. Adults that are over 6 inches can be housed together. Water Dragons – Axolotl will grow out of this cannibalistic stage when they are larger than 6 inches long. However, if you have a Juvenile that has been raised with other Juveniles; then they will be cannibalistic for the rest of its life (this is a learned and remembered behavior). Of course, if a leg or tail gets bitten off by a tank mate, a Water Dragon- Axolotl can usually regenerate the missing part in about 10 weeks, but if the Juvenile has been cannibalize multiple times on the same limb then it will grow back deformed.

What food do I feed the Axolotl during the cannibalistic stage?
Axolotls are in the Juvenile stage until they are 6 inches long. The best food to feed them during the cannibalistic stage is frozen blood worms.

What is the best way to separate Water Dragons during the cannibalistic stage?
I recommend that you use an aquarium divider. These dividers are inexpensive and you can  buy them at PetSmart, Petco and your local tropical fish store. You need keep the water level at least 1 inch below your tank divider, this way your Water Dragon – Axolotl cannot climb into the other partition. You can also put your Water Dragons – Axolotl into 2 separate tanks.

Is it okay for mix adults together after the cannibalistic stage, i.e. two adult males together?
When Axolotls are out of the cannibalistic stage it is okay to mix adult females and males Axolotl together. Adult males Axolotl should not be aggressive to other males or other females. Females have no problems with other females or males.

How do I put 2 adults Water Dragons together after the cannibalistic stage?  
The cannibalistic stage until the Water Dragon – Axolotl is 6 inches long. After they are 6 inches long the best way to put 2 adults Water Dragons together, is to feed your Water Dragon – Axolotl a Red Wiggler Worm that you can buy a Wallmart in their fishing department or you can buy them at bate shop. After they have completely eaten the food, then put the together. If you see any aggression behavior by either Water Dragon then you need to separate the buy at Wallmart Fishing Department of a bate shop. m for another month and try this procedure again. They will grow out the cannibalistic stage; it’s just a matter of time.

The best way to separate a Water Dragon – Axolotl that is biting another Water Dragon leg, is to pick up both Water Dragons and take the out of the water. This will startled the biter and make him release his bite.

When the Water Dragons – Axolotl are 6 inches long it is okay to mix adult females and males Water Dragons – Axolotl together. Adult males Water Dragon – Axolotl should not be aggressive to other males or other females. Females have no problems with other females or males.

How can I tell if my Axolotls are being cannibalistic towards each other?
The early sign of cannibalistic behavior are red or white lines across the Axolotls legs. Next sign that the Axolotls are being cannibalistic towards each other is missing toes, feet, and legs.

I understand that axolotls in the cannibalistic stage cannot be housed together. Does this apply to all types of Water Dragons – Axolotls?
Yes it does apply to all types of Water Dragons – Axolotl. If a Water Dragons – Axolotl is less than 6 inches long because they are cannibalistic no matter what type they are. If your Water Dragons – Axolotl is less than 6 inches long you will need to either use a tank divider or separate tank to house these Water Dragons – Axolotl.

 

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