Ivy's Basic Axolotl Starter Equipment Guide

Thinking about starting your own Axolotl tank? No problem! We've got you covered.

We have put together an easy to follow, comprehensive guide including the equipment you will need to start creating a healthy and welcoming home for your new Axolotls.

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Aquarium: https://amzn.to/39TvuSg


We always recommend using a solid and sturdy fish tank to house your axolotls. They are made both from glass and acrylic materials. A general rule is a 20 gallon long minimum to house one adult axolotl and then adding 10 gallons for each additional axolotl you would like to keep in the same tank.  


Aquarium Tank Filter:  https://amzn.to/3cewVhf

 A hang on back filter is a great choice for beginners and expert aquarists. A General rule is that you need at least a 20 gallon tank and filter for 1 adult axolotl. Add 10 more gallons for each additional adult axolotl you wish to keep in the same tank! :) 


API Master Test Kit:  https://amzn.to/39ceRSU

 Maintaining low levels of Nitrates and Ammonia is a must for keeping Axolotls. This water testing kit from API helps you test individually for a variety of chemicals present in your tank water.

FritzZyme 7 Nitrifying Bacteria for Fresh Water Aquariums


 Fritz Aquatics 80209 FritzZyme 7 Nitrifying Bacteria for Fresh Water Aquariums, 16-Ounce   

Rapidly Eliminates Toxic Ammonia and Nitrite. Allows for Safe and Immediate Introduction of Livestock. Establishes and Maintains a Healthy Bio filter.

Kordon #37344 Methlyne Blue- General Disease Prevention Treatment: https://amzn.to/3wn00Pw


      Methylene blue is effective against superficial fungal infections of fishes and axolotls. Used as a general treatment for sickness such as nitrate poisoning and ammonia. Always seperate axolotl into a separate tub while it is being treated. The drug may be used as an alternative to malachite green for the control of fungus.

Seachem Prime Water Conditioner:  https://amzn.to/3oegVhv


 In order to neutralize harmful chemicals present in your tank water you need to use a dechlorinator without Aloe Vera as an ingredient in it. A great dechlorinator will keep your axolotl healthy and happy! 


Aquarium Fans:  https://amzn.to/3c4sJ3r

 Axolotls need to be housed at temperatures below 67°F in order for them to thrive and live a healthy life. If your temperatures are above this we recommend using an aquarium fan in order to lower the water temperature and keep your axolotls healthy and happy! 

Aquarium Chiller: https://amzn.to/3sUUuBy

If you live in one of the warmer climates, we always recommend using an aquarium chiller in order to drop the water temperature of the tank even more from room temperature that could be too hot for an axolotl to live. 


Temperature Thermometer:  https://amzn.to/39cf9cs



We always recommend keeping an eye on the water temperature of your tank to make sure your axolotls feel comfortable. Always keep the water temperature below 67°F!

Carib Sea Moonlight Sand:  https://amzn.to/3iJAcq3

 Using fine sand is a great way to add some character and aesthetic to your Axolotl tank set up. We only recommended adding fine sand in your tank for Axolotls that are 4 inches or bigger! :) If you get axolotl babies below that size please feed them lots so that they can grow quickly. 


Aquarium Light:  https://amzn.to/3oTcQzn

NICREW ClassicLED Gen 2 Aquarium Light, Dimmable LED Fish Tank Light with 2-Channel Control

A great way to display and take pictures of your Axolotl tank is to add lighting with an aquarium light! Please make sure that your light is not on all of the time because Axolotls like to get a break from the bright lights. 


Tank Hose: https://amzn.to/2KKWhrD

To maintain your tank and do your water changes we recommend using a tank hose in order to save time and also your back! The tank hose will save you lots of time and effort from changing your axolotl tank water and maintaining a healthy tank. 

Axolotl Foods: https://www.ivysaxolotls.com/collections/axolotl-food


It is very important for your axolotl to eat quality food in order to live a long, healthy life. They love to eat a variety of foods which is why we recommend giving your axolotls a variety of natural foods. 


More information about Axolotl ownership can be found below! 😊

Top 10 Reasons to Love Axolotls: https://www.ivysaxolotls.com/pages/top-10-reasons-to-love-axolotls-as-pets

Live Axolotl Care Guide: https://www.ivysaxolotls.com/pages/live-axolotl-care-guide

Easy Axolotl Tank Cycling Guide: https://www.ivysaxolotls.com/pages/easy-axolotl-tank-cycling-guide

Ready to become an Axolotl parent? Click below to see the axolotl babies we have available! https://www.ivysaxolotls.com/collections/buy-live-axolotls

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