Axolotls are some incredible creatures as far as we are concerned. One of the first things to mention here is that axolotls are often confused for being fish, but they are not. Axolotls are amphibians, but are still often referred to as “Mexican Walking Fish”. Names, origins, and type of animal aside, the axolotl is an animal that likes things to be fairly cold.
They barely come out of the water, so a lot of this is keeping the water cool, but the air as well. Anyway, how to keep an axolotl tank cool is what we are here to talk about today.
Ideal Temperature for Axolotls Tanks
Before we talk about how to keep an axolotl tank cool, you probably need to know what the ideal temperature for them is. Both the water and the air in your axolotl tank should never exceed 18 degrees Celsius or about 64 degrees Fahrenheit. The minimum water and air temperature for an axolotl tank is 16 degrees Celsius or 60 degrees Fahrenheit. As you can see, these creatures like the cold, as opposed to the warmth which many other creatures like.
Keeping an axolotl tank cool is extremely important to its well-being. Sure, having the tank too cold can lead to behavioral changes, sluggishness, and a decreased metabolic rate. However, the tank being a little too cool is not nearly as bad as it is too hot.
Anything over the maximum of 18 degrees Celsius is very problematic for axolotls. Not only will they be very uncomfortable, but the health risks of being too hot are enormous for these creatures, and potentially fatal.
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How to Keep Your Axolotl Tank Cool
So, if you live in a warmer climate, or even in a place that has fairly warm autumns, springs, and summers, you are going to need to find a way to keep the tank cool or to cool it down. This is extremely important for the health of the axolotl, so you need to have an efficient and reliable way of doing so.
Here are some of the best tips we can give you in terms of how to keep an axolotl tank cool. On a side note, you should get an aquarium thermometer, preferably one that can read the air and water temperature simultaneously. Simply put, without a good thermometer, you won’t know the temperature the tank is at, which means that you won’t know what kind of adjustments need to be made.
Keeping an axolotl tank at the right temperature is honestly a little difficult, but with some good knowledge and practice, it is still doable. As long as you follow the tips we have outlined above, you should have no problems with keeping the axolotl tank at the ideal temperature.
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