Have you heard the term “tubbing” in reference to axolotls, and wondered exactly what that meant?? Well, it IS exactly what it sounds like….. the act of tubbing is simply placing your axolotl in a smaller container of some sort, for temporary purposes. There are going to be occasions where you will have to tub your axie too, and with a little guidance the effort doesn’t have to be stressful for you OR your little friend. 😉
Instances in which you may need to tub your axolotl include but are not limited to: deep cleaning your tank or water changes, for “medication” purposes, while waiting for a new tank to cycle, to travel to the vet, etc. While the needs for tubbing may differ, the practice itself is always the same: you want to be sure to use a CLEAN tub (small & medium Rubbermaid tubs work great), fill tub with COOL, CLEAN WATER THAT IS TREATED WITH PRIME to about half full or about an inch above the axies fin, and ALWAYS USE A LID! (yes, axolotls CAN jump) To transfer your axolotl from tank to tub or from tub to tank, I recommend using a soft net big enough to accommodate the axie. Once in the net, gently cup your hand under the axolotl for comfort and support, then place the net in the tub and allow your axie a moment to find his way out with a little help. NEVER flip the net over and plop the axolotl into the tub!
Many people who get a new axolotl, choose to keep it tubbed while a new tank finishes “cycling” to permanently house their new pet. Just as the water parameters in your tank are important for your axolotls health, so are the tubbing conditions! The most important thing to remember about tubbing your axolotl for more than a day, is that the WATER MUST BE CHANGED DAILY during tubbing. Again, cool and clean water that has been treated with SeaChem Prime, simply replaces the water from the day before….. every day, as long as your axolotl is tubbed. NOTE—An airstone is not necessary for tubbing, but can be used if you feel the need.
Once you are done tubbing your axolotl, the tub should be thoroughly scrubbed out using very hot water and a wash cloth or scrub sponge. I prefer not to use harsh soaps/cleaners because I don’t want residue to be left behind and cause possible health issues. Aquarium salt is a great option for aquarium-related cleaning, however!! 😁