On Saturday we finally got our axolotl babies! A man who lives 5 hours away was selling a bunch of his babies (his main axolotl laid 150 eggs!) and he decided to drive down to Edmonton, as he received a lot of requests for axies.
I had asked for 3 babies, but the guy was generous and saved 5 for me! That was pretty exciting and unexpected!
The babies were transported via tupperware container. They're maybe 2 inches long and see-through. We can see their livers and the bloodworms they've eaten in their stomachs. And their eyes are so big and black, it's pretty damn cute.
Raimund and I had bought a 33 gallon tank for these guys, but they're much too small for a tank. The axolotl breeder told us to keep each guy in a seperate container, change the water everyday (de-chlorinated of course) and let them live there until they become a bit too big. After that it's off to the tank they go. We also have to feed them individual bloodworms with a tweezer. I currently feed Murderface pellets with chopsticks (here's a video!), so similar concept.
Before these babies came along Raimund was so-so about axolotls. He thought they were cool, but he could take them or leave them. Now with the babies he's been pretty nuturing. He's been feeding them and changing the water, checking up on them, and has basically become enamoured with them. I can't blame him, I'm pretty smitten too. Ben is also fond of them, although I have to make sure he doesn't run around the containers too fast or decide they need to be fed Ben snacks. That would not be fun.
If you guys have any questions about axolotls, feel free to ask! They're pretty amazing creatures, and I love love love them.
~E & R