Fantaxies

Fantaxies is a small axolotl business located in the heart of Colorado. It stays quite cool most of the year here, and is the perfect place for breeding, raising and housing these incredible animals. Our interest in the aquarium hobby began more than 20 years ago, and since delving into the world of axolotl rearing and husbandry with our first batch of eggs, we haven’t looked back. As a USA-based axolotl breeder, what we do is more than just a hobby for us – it is a full-time job, and we love every minute of it.

We have high standards for the quality and treatment of the animals we are privileged to have in our care. As long as your axolotl is in our care, our goal is to be an Axolotl Paradise for them. Our axolotls are not raised in deli cups in solitary confinement with nothing but water and hardly any room to turn around. Instead, our animals are given lots of room to move and swim, as well as the opportunity to interact with an engaging environment. Our spacious setups are bare-bottom, gently filtered and equipped with plenty of hides and lots of soft silk plants to climb around and swim through. Water quality is carefully monitored and maintained. And, of course, they have as much high quality food as they want to eat all day long. We prioritize the happiness of our animals and go above and beyond to ensure they aren’t simply alive and free from stress, but totally pampered and thriving! We strive to go above and beyond in all that we do, both for our animals and our customers.

When you purchase from us, you can feel confident knowing we stand behind you with a 100% live arrival guarantee and only healthy animals. We take individual photos of many of our animals for our shop so you can have a personalized buying experience. We also love helping with any axolotl-related questions new owners often have when it comes to picking out and caring for their new pet. And we stand by our customers, both before and after their purchase. We treat our breeding colony like family, and are very careful to follow ethical and humane breeding practices. Our tanks are tenderly nurtured on a daily basis, and the wants of each animal attended to carefully.

Responsible Breeding for Healthy Pets

Our goal is to offer high quality, USA-bred and lovingly raised axolotls to meet the needs of our ever-growing customer base. We are not a large operation, and we focus on offering a small number of high quality axolotls with a diverse genetic background raised in small numbers – never inbred – and the genetic history of all of our breeding lotls are carefully documented and pairs planned very carefully for months in advance. It’s important to us to protect the axolotl species in all the animals we produce through responsible breeding, understanding how compromised the axolotl is in terms of genetics due to years of captive breeding. Because of this, even responsibly bred animals from unrelated lines may still produce genetic oddities once in a while. Though it doesn’t happen often, such animals crop up in our spawnings that were born with imperfections or may come from a genetic line we believe should be retired. When this happens these are sold as “pet only,” meaning these animals should not be bred, but still can be appreciated in a loving home. Some traits we value in our breeding stock are sound long-term health, well-formed gills, good coloration and hearty appetites!

Thank you for visiting! Check back often for new stock, and feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. 🙂

Fantaxies is not open to the general public, but we do offer local pickup for nearby customers that are scheduled in advance.

Meet Our Breeding Colony

Males & Females

Zillie

  • Gender: Female

  • Morph: Axanthic

  • Hets: Copper, Mel, Leucistic

Zillie is a gorgeous axanthic with super long, feathery gills. She is a big girl with a big appetite and eats almost every kind of axolotl food. Her parents were a copper and a melanoid. Her babies have included beautiful copper melanoids, axanthics, melanoids, coppers and leucistics.

Piggy

  • Gender: Female

  • Morph: Leucistic

  • Hets: Homozygous leucistic

Piggy is a gorgeous long-gilled leucistic female axolotl. She is sweet, playful and an absolute hog at feeding time. Every meal she viciously attacks her food and swims away to chew it some hidden spot. She eats a huge variety of foods and can’t pick her favorite. Her parents were a GFP firefly leucistic axolotl and a normal lucy.

Baby

  • Gender: Female

  • Morph: Light copper

  • Hets: Axanthic, Mel

Baby is a beautiful light copper female axolotl. She is the daughter of copper and axanthic copper parents and carries genes for mel. She has gorgeous spots on a tan background and dark feathered gills. Her favorite food is nightcrawlers but she loves our homemade gel food too. She was hatched and raised here at Fantaxies.

Rosie

  • Gender: Female

  • Morph: Dirty leucistic

  • Hets: Albino

Rosie is a big dirty leucistic female. She is a very relaxed lotl. She was initially very shy and reserved when we acquired her from another breeder, but now loves to hang out with her lady friends, but still enjoys retreating to her coconut hut now and then. Her favorite food is our homemade gel food.

Goldie

  • Gender: Female

  • Morph: Golden copper

  • Hets: Copper

Goldie is a gorgeous golden copper. She is one of our prized lotls here at Fantaxies and is treated like royalty. She has a huge appetite and is massive, but doesn’t like eating from tongs and prefers to have her food dropped on her head.

Millie

  • Gender: Female

  • Morph: Leucistic

  • Hets: Albino

Millie is a cute leucistic female with pretty pink gills and sparkly silver eyes. She loves hanging out in the plants in her tank. She’s a sweet lotl who’s really easygoing.

Queenie

  • Gender: Female

  • Morph: Leucistic

  • Hets: Albino

Queenie is Millie’s sister and is a dirty bluegill leucistic. She thinks she’s queen of the tank. Her favorite food is pellets. She can eat pellet after pellet and still want more pellets!

Betty

  • Gender: Female

  • Morph: Leucistic

  • Hets: Albino, Melanoid

Betty is a very sweet axolotl with a gentle personality. She is a big girl and is a gentle giant. Her appetite is big as well. She has the most adorable “baby face.”

Peeky

  • Gender: Male

  • Morph: Axanthic copper

  • Hets: Melanoid

Peeky is a gorgeous axanthic copper axolotl and brother to Zillie. Incredible long gills. He produces incredible axanthic coppers, regular coppers, light coppers, copper mels and can also produce melanoids and axanthics. His name is Peeky because he loves to peek out behind things.

Pinky

  • Gender: Male

  • Morph: Darkgill axanthic leucistic

  • Hets: Copper, Melanoid

Pinky is the first axolotl we ever owned here at Fantaxies. He’s a beautiful axanthic darkgill leucistic, an amazing breeder and has a sweet face and temperament. He is a second generation bluegill with hets for copper and melanoid.

Kirby

  • Gender: Male

  • Morph: Dirty leucistic

  • Hets: Albino

Kirby is a fun-loving dirty leucistic axolotl. He is probably one of the more hyper axolotls we have. He loves to eat and is always on the move. His favorite thing to do is try to impress a female axolotl.

More lotls to be added to this page soon.

About the Founder, Meredith Clawson

As an avid axolotl breeder and aquarist for over 20 years, Meredith discovered a special appreciation for axolotls unique to other aquatic species when she raised her first batch of eggs, and she’s been hooked ever since! Experienced in caring for and shipping these amazing creatures, she is passionate about educating readers through her blog while providing beautiful, healthy pet axolotls to her customers.