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Ambystoma mexicanum
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Family: Ambystomatidae
Species: Ambystoma mexicanum
Common Name: Ajolote, Axolotl, Mexican Salamander, Mexican Walking Fish, Mudpuppy, Water Dragon
Size: Common length: 9 inches (23.0 cm) Max length: 16-18 inches (15-45 cm)
Habitat: North America: Mexico, near Mexico City. Lake Xochimilco and the canals of what was once Lake Chalco. Cold waters and glacial lakes.
Min Tank Size: Individual: 20 gallon long (17.79 liters) or larger. Multiple: 55 gallons or larger. Long, rectangular tanks are recommended.
Diet: Carnivorous, Live or frozen blackworms, bloodworms, brine shrimp, daphnia, earthworms, mealworms, mosquito larvae, tubifex worms, trout/salmon/catfish pellets, waxworms, whiteworms and strips of beef heart.
Behavior: Peaceful, Only when kept in a species tank.
Water: Temperature of 54°F to 68°F (12 20 °C), Preferably 63°F-64°F (17.22°C-17.78°C) pH 7.0 to 7.5 dH range: 6 - 16.
Care: Easy to Moderate, good filtration and frequent water changes.
Communities: Solitary, or in a group with a 1 male to 1 female ratio.
Suitability: Good for all, with care for special needs.

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