Axolotl Water and Water Changes

 

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Get The Proper Information Before Getting Your Water Dragon
Tella May 30, 2017

I am a costumer of Philip Vena from buy-axolotls.com and I got my beautiful water dragon in March. I was very happy with my water dragon but he was not happy with me. I made many mistakes with my water dragon because I chose to listen to people who call themselves “experts” on axolotls. I would study my axolotl carefully and noticed my axolotl would get ill a lot because I was following websites like Caudata.org. All of the information posted on that site is posted by random axolotl owners and not actual professional breeders like Philip Vena himself. I highly encourage any axolotl owner to follow the proper care instructions on buy-axolotls.org. The breeder Philip Vena has had experience with these creatures since 2001. He’s bred hundreds of water dragons. He has high knowledge of these animals. I was thankful because he responded to a phone call a few days ago and saved my axolotl. Caudata.org gave me a lot of false information and I was stressing my poor axolotl out to death. I put filters and aeration tubes that were stressing my axolotl. I also over fed him. Philip helped me by explaining everything I had to do immediately to save my axolotl. Please learn from my mistakes. If you’re making any of these mistakes please check the care instructions on buy-axolotls.org or call Philip Vena himself if the damage is too much.
I hope this can help somebody!
Tella

How do I know that information on this website is correct?
We at Buy-Axolotls.com have been breeding Water Dragons – Axolotl 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, Nitrite and Nitrate levels to harm the Water Dragons in the tank. These chemicals are coming from; Ammonia (cause by the Water Dragon’s Urine) and the Nitrite and Nitrate (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 Nitrate in your aquarium. If you do not do weekly water changes then the levels of Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate 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.

How do I do a water change? 
The first thing you need to do is remove the Water Dragon from the tank. You can do this by using a big net so that your Water Dragon cannot jump out. Put the Water Dragon in a plastic shoe box (one shoe box for each Water Dragon), you can buy at any store; make sure that has never been contaminated by soap and any other chemicals that may harm your Water Dragon. Make sure that this container has enough water to cover the Water Dragon completely. If you have Juveniles then you need to keep them is separate containers.

Now that your Water Dragon is out of the tank and in a safe place you can now siphon the tank water to a nearby floor drain (shower) by using a 5/8 inch diameter siphon hose; that will reach a floor drain.

A gallon of water weight is 8 lbs. If you are taking 9 gallons of water out per week, the is 72 lbs. Look for a floor drain or shower drain if you do not have one then you need to buy a new 5 gallon bucket but do not fill it up all the way because you will not be able to carry it.  By buying a new 5 gallon bucket will make sure that this bucket has never been contaminated by soap and any other chemicals that may kill your Water Dragon. You need 1 inch diameter (or larger) that is 6 feet long clear plastic siphon hose that you can buy at any home center. Now siphon water out to a 5 gallon bucket. If you do not have a have a 10 gallon tank then they should take you to three trips before all the water is removed from the tank.

If your aquarium is on the floor then you will need a “New” small pail or bucket to bail out the water because a siphon will not probably work. You can use a “New” 5 gallon bucket to put the water in and use the 5 gallon bucket to fill your aquarium.

For filling your tank you will need to buy a Water Quality Drinking Hose to fill your tank. If do not have a hose connection nearby then fill your tank up using the New 5 gallon bucket. You can buy this at a home center. On the filling hose you will see a Shut off valve made from PVC. Just go to your home center and show them this picture and will tell you what you need to build this shut off valve.

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In the winter when your tap water is cold it okay to make it cold as possible because Water Dragons are cold blooded salamanders so it is not dangerous for them to go down fast in temperature. However it is dangerous for Water Dragon to go up in water temperature is more that 10 degrees increase or if it’s over 68°degrees temperature.

What is the best location for a Water Dragons – Axolotl aquarium?
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 be at 68° or lower. Higher temperatures will cause stress 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 would recommend that you use a non-contact laser thermometer to help you find the coldest location in your house, apartment, or dormitory. If you cannot maintain a temperature of below 68° degree then you need to buy an aquarium Water Chiller for a 10 gallon tank. Just Google “Aquarium Water Chiller 10 gallon” or look on Carigslist “Aquarium Water Chiller”.

My water is cloudy what should I do? 
The water is cloudy because you are either feeding your Water Dragon too much food or you Water Dragon has diarrhea. Do a 90% water change as soon as possible. Water Dragons – Axolotl will live longer if you provide the with Clean Cool Water. It is better to feed too little than too much. Too much food will cause health problems.

NEVER USE; Aquarium Clear, Clear Water and Water Clarifier these chemicals will Kill Your Water Dragon. Doing a 90% water change is the safest way to eliminate cloudy water.

What about the water? 
Water Dragons – Axolotl like Cold (57° to 68°F) Clean Water. If your water is safe for you to drink then it will be safe for an Axolotl that is 3 inches long or longer. At that age, your Axolotl’s lungs are fully develop and they are using their lungs to breathing air. However, if your water is not safe to drink then it would not be safe for your Axolotl. If you do not know if your water is safe to drink then check with your local government or have a laboratory do a test to see if you have safe drinking water.  You can also use water filters or a reverse osmosis water filter to make your water safe for drinking.

If you can use tap water for your water changes let the water run so that it gets as cold as possible. Whether you have a filter in your tank or not you still need do 90%water change once per week. It is better to change too much water than too little. By doing water changes every week this will help stop the build up of Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate levels in your tank. Ammonia (cause by the Water Dragon’s Urine) and the Nitrite and Nitrate (cause by the Water Dragon’s Waste and Rotting Food) that is in the water. If you do a water changes the 1 per week you will be removing 90% of the Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate in your aquarium. If you do not do a weekly water changes then the levels of Ammonia and Nitrite and Nitrate 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 – Axolotl.

Water Dragons – Axolotl 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 hrs. By leaving the chlorine in your water it will kill any harmful bacteria and fungus that may be on the Water Dragons – Axolotl or in the tank.

One last point regarding chlorine, as you know swimming pools have chlorine levels that are 1,000s 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 hrs 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 1,000s 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 will greatly extend the life of your Water Dragons – Axolotl.

Are Chloramines safe for your Axolotl?
According to the EPA
http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/mdbp/chloramines_index.cfm  Water that contains chloramines and meets EPA regulatory standards is safe to use for drinking, cooking, bathing and other household uses. If it is safe for you to drink it will be safe for an Axolotl. Chloramines are disinfectants used to treat drinking water. Chloramines are most commonly formed when ammonia is added to chlorine to treat drinking water. The typical purpose of chloramines is to provide longer-lasting water treatment as the water moves through pipes to consumers. This type of disinfection is known as secondary disinfection. Chloramines have been used by water utilities for almost 90 years, and their use is closely regulated. More than one in five Americans uses drinking water treated with chloramines.

Is an Axolotl a fish?
The Axolotl is an amphibian not a fish. The major difference between a fish and a amphibian is the following:

  • Fish uses gills to take in oxygen from the water
  • Fish need the following:
    • Tropical Fish need a temperature at 76° Fahrenheit
    • You cannot use Tap Water without conditioning the water
    • Need Chemicals to remove the Chlorine and, Chloramines
    • Need a filter is required to remove Nitrite, Nitrate and Ammonia
    • Need to control pH and dH
  • Amphibian uses its lungs to take in oxygen form the air
  • Amphibian need the following:
    • The Axolotl needs a temperature at 57° to 68° Fahrenheit
    • The Axolotl by using lungs to breath the air so if your Tap Water is safe for you to drink then it will be safe for your Axolotl. If your Tap Water is not safe for you to drink then it will not be safe for your Axolotl. If you have safe drinking water then you can do the following:
      • You can use Tap Water and without conditioning it (to remove the Chlorine and, Chloramines)
      • No filter is needed if you do a 90% water change every 7 days to control Nitrite, Nitrate and Ammonia
      • No need to control pH and dH

 

Can I use salt in my aquarium; as I do for Tropical Fish?
Please do not put salt in your aquarium. Water Dragon Axolotl is a amphibian and come from a fresh water lake. Please remember that the Water Dragon is also drinking the water. Like most humans salt in their diet may cause heath problems.

What is right water level for my aquarium?
Every 20 minutes a Water Dragon – Axolotl must take a breath of air. So that is 72 trips for air in one day. All day and all night. You need to make it easy for your Water Dragon – Axolotl to get a breath of air. This is why we do not recommend 20 gallon or large tanks/aquariums. In a 20 gallon tank the Axolotl must go 24 inches for every breath of air. We recommend using a 10 gallon tank because the maximum a Axolotl must travel to get a breath of air is 12 inches. By using a 10 gallon tank letting your Axolotl have an easy travel for a breath of air; he will be happier and live longer. Do not use floating plants in you tank because this will make it much harder at night to get a breath of air.

  • Use a 10 gallon tank only. Do not use a 20 gallon or large tanks/aquariums because the height of the tank is 24 inches or higher
  • Do the Math, and you quickly understand why the Water Level is so important for a long life
  • 1 trip for air for every 20 Minutes = 20 minutes divided into 60 minutes (1 hour) = 3 trips per hour
  • 3 trips x 24 hours = 72 trips for air in one day
  • 72 trips for air in one day x 365 day (1 year) = 26,280 trips for air in one year
  • Average Life is 15 years x 26,280 = 394,200 trips for air
  • If you love your Water Dragon – Axolotl stop using high water levels…you are killing your Water Dragon.

Axolotl Size                                     Water Level                     Number of 90% Water Changes Per Week

1 inches                                             We don’t sell babies

2 inches                                             We don’t sell babies

3 inches                                                 4  inches                             (One) 90% Water Changes per week

4 inches                                                 5 inches                               (One) 90% Water Changes per week

5 inches                                                 6 inches                               (One) 90% Water Changes per week

6 inches                                                 7 inches                               (One) 90% Water Changes per week

7 inches                                                 12 inches                               (One) 90% Water Changes per week

8 inches                                                 12 inches                              (One) 90% Water Changes per week

9 inches                                                 12 inches                               (One) 90% Water Changes per week

10 inches                                               12 inches                             (One) 90% Water Changes per week

11 inches                                                12 inches                              (One) 90% Water Changes per week

12 inches                                                12 inches                             (One) 90% Water Changes per week

I purchased qty 2 Water Dragons  – Axolotl and they where both 3 inches long. Now I have one at 4 1/2 inches long and the other at 4 inches long, is there a problem?
No there is no problem. Your Juvenile is becoming young adults. The Female Water Dragon is bigger than the Male Water Dragons – Axolotl. A Female at full size “12 inches long” will be 1 to 2 inches larger than the Male.

Can I use well water for my Axolotl?
If your well water is safe for you to drink then it will be safe for a Axolotl that is 3 inches long or longer. At that age, your Axolotl’s lungs are fully develop and they are using their lungs to breathe the air. However, if your well water is not safe to drink then it would not be safe for your Axolotl. If you do not know if your water is safe to drink then check with your local government or have a laboratory to test to see if you have safe drinking water.  You can also use water filters or a reverse osmosis water filter to make your water safe for drinking.

What can I do if my tap water is not safe to drink?
Then you need the Hydraid® BioSand Water Filter. It is a convenient point of use system that provides a family of 8-10 people in the developing world with enough safe water for their daily drinking, cooking, and washing needs. The Hydraid® filter consists of enclosed layers of gravel and sand and a naturally forming biological surface layer that consumes pathogens in order to clean water. It has no moving parts and is powered by gravity. The filter can last for 10 years or more, and locally available gravel and sand can be used as the filtration media. For more information,please visit Cut and Paste: http://www.hydraid.org/

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What do I do if my tap water is hotter than 68° degrees?
If your tap water is hotter than 68° degrees you will need an instant read thermometer. First find out what your aquarium water temperature is. Then fill you 5 gallon bucket half way with tap water then slowly add ice until the water temperature in the bucket reaches at or below your aquarium temperature. Then remove any ice that is in the bucket and pour the water in your aquarium. Repeat the process until your aquarium water level is full.

How to take out any uneaten food and waste?
The reason why you need to cut the hose on a 45 degree angle is because it will be able to cut larger food and waste to size with out getting stuck in the hose. Every day you need to remove all the uneaten food and waste. The best time to do this is 1 hour after you feed them. Water Dragon are less frighten when they are digesting food. The best way to do that is to buy a siphon hose at Home Depot in their plumbing department. The manufacture is Watts the model number is 42141425 description; Polyethylene Tubing 3/8″ x 1/4” x 25 ft long. The cost is about $6.00 dollars. Cut it to 6 feet in length. This is a great tool to take out any uneaten food and waste from your aquarium into anew 5 gallon bucket. It is better to feed too little than too much. Too much food will cause health problems.

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How do I straighten out my uneaten food and waste siphon hose?
It is very easy to do. Grab two feet of hose and reverse bend the to a U shape. Do this until the hose shape is what you want.

To the left is a picture of water hose that can be used to take the water out of your aquarium into a 5 gallon bucket. Only fill the 5 gallon bucket 1/2 way, because it will be too heavy for you to carry. This is a clear plastic hose that is 1 inch in diameter and 5 ft long. You can buy it at any Home Center.

How To Siphon Water Using Your Mouth 
First make sure that your Aquarium is higher than the 5 gallon bucket that you are using to drain into. Put one end of the hose at the bottom of your Aquarium. Place the other end of the hose in the 5 gallon bucket. Make sure that the end of the hose is lower than the Aquarium from which you are siphoning water from. To start the water flowing. Suck lightly on the end of the hose that you placed in the 5 gallon bucket. Stop sucking when the water has reached half way down the bucket side hose. Let the water drain into the 5 gallon bucket. To stop the siphon, take the hose out of the Aquarium.

How To Siphon Water; By Filling The Hose With Water 
First you need to fill the hose with water. You can do this by putting the hose completely under the water inside the Aquarium. Submerge the hose slowly under the water to allow air to escape from the hose. Now that the hose is filled with water, put a finger over one end of the plastic hose. Make sure that your finger covers the entire opening at the end of the hose. Place the plugged end of the hose into the 5 Gallon Bucket. Make sure that the 5 Gallon Bucket is lower than the Aquarium from which you will siphon the water. Remove your finger from the plugged end of the hose. Water will drain into 5 gallon bucket. To stop the siphon, take the hose out of the Aquarium.

How To Siphon Water With A Garden Hose 
Place one end of the garden hose at the bottom of the Aquarium from which you will siphon the water. Anchor the garden hose with an object heavy enough to keep it in place, but light enough to keep from blocking the water flow through the hose. Place the other end of the garden hose where you would like the siphoned water to i.e. floor drain. To start the water flowing. Suck lightly on the end of the hose that is at the floor drain. Stop sucking when the water has reached half way down the hose outside the Aquarium. Let the water run out into the floor drain. To stop the siphon, take the hose out of the Aquarium.

Which is better to use; and aquarium filter or to do a 90% water change once a week?
Aquarium filters are one of the biggest killers of Axolotls today. You never know when an aquarium filter will stop working. When it does stop working the levels of ammonia, nitrates and nitrites levels get high enough to kill your Axolotl. The ammonia is coming from your Axolotl’s urine the nitrates and nitrites are coming from waste and rotting food. Overfeeding your Axolotl is the main reason why aquarium filters stop working.

By doing a 90% water change once a week you do not need a filter. Every week you are reducing the level of ammonia, nitrates and nitrites in your tank to 10%. Water changes are more effective than filters because they do not need maintenance to keep them operating properly.

 

 

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