I was recently asked question about whether they can keep guppies with axolotls
That’s a controversial issue. Some are of the opinion that you shouldn’t keep predators and prey in the same enclosure. Much like you wouldn’t expect to see a zoo where prey animals are kept with lions. However, in public aquariums, predatory sharks are kept with prey species.
It’s really a matter of size of the tank – whether the predators are sufficient fed, and the prey have enough space to live without being in constant fear.
Axoltols do not chase down prey – but they wait in ambush. So fish will not be living in constant fear if kept with axolotls. In fact, it’s the axolotls who may find themselves in danger – these fish could potentially attack the delicate gills of axolotls.
So, for a mixed species tank with axolotls, it’s a matter of the size of the tank – to allow sufficient safe distance between predator and prey, in particular there needs to be sufficient depth to allow fish distance from the tank floor where axolotls frequent, and there should be ample hides for your axolotls to get away from fish.
On another note, guppies are a tropical species, so they won’t be suitable to keep with axolotls that live in cold water.
I’m interested to hear what are other’s thoughts on this subject.
World Veterinary Association Congress 2020 has a special collection of papers chosen by the editors of the New Zealand Veterinary Journal, available to view and download for free for a limited time.
You may be particularly interested in –
R Loh, J Vukcevic & G Bastos Gomes (2020) Current status of aquatic veterinary services for ornamental fish in Australasia, New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 68:3, 145-149, DOI: 10.1080/00480169.2020.1718564
Recently the World Veterinary Association (WVA) was forced to cancel its 36th World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC) being hosted in New Zealand by the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) because of the restrictions imposed by the outbreak of COVID-19.
Out of adversity, however, has come innovation, with NZVA working with WVA and partnering with The Webinar Vet to deliver an online festival of veterinary learning starting internationally on 25 April (26 April in New Zealand). Going live Saturday April 25 at 7 pm (BST) the online festival of veterinary learning will deliver over 100 hours of RACE-approved CPD/CE across a mixture of live and recorded lectures. While the festival will last for three weeks, the webinars will be accessible for six months for you to watch at your leisure.
For the next 10 days, you can secure your front-row seat to the entire event for just £97+VAT (~$150 USD) – but don’t miss out, as this early bird offer is only available for a limited time!
In our current situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the restrictions placed upon travel, gatherings and public interactions (i.e. social distancing and isolation), we at The Fish Vet are taking a different approach to helping our fishy clients care for their pet fish through TeleVetMed.
What is TeleVetMed?
TeleVetMed is an appointment on phone, email or video, and you’ll speak to us by regular phone, or by using WhatsApp or Skype.
Many fish health issues can be solved through TeleVetMed and it’s a great pre-screener to touch base with your veterinary practitioner. Sometimes, the practitioner will need to see you in person or for a follow up appointment, or provide you with the next steps.
If you’re in Australia, The Fish Vet’s team can also offer you TeleVetMed.
TeleVetMed appointments are chargeable in 15 minute blocks.
To book an appointment, please send a SMS to 0421 822 383, with your • name, • email address and • preferred times for us to contact you. We will then email you instructions.
Five fully-funded places on an MSc in sustainable aquaculture are currently being offered by The Fish Site and the University of St Andrews. The full scholarships, which cover all tuition fees for the two-year distance learning masters are open to students living in certain Commonwealth countries. The online course starts in September 2020 and applicants must hold a degree at 2:1 level and live in one of the following Commonwealth countries:
Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, or Zambia