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Hi all,

I'm heading away for 10 days and was wondering what food can i feed an axie (around 5mths old) that will be sufficient for him and not rot in the water?



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How big is he? I think 10 days will be too long to leave him without feeding. Can you get someone to come in 2-3 times while your gone? Mel
edit- sorry meant to add that most foods for axies wouldn't last 10 days in a tank. Possibly feeder fish but they would have to be quarantined for 30 days beforehand.




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In addition to the axolotls size, what are the water temperatures?



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Hey Gin, I have a larger axolotl and I frequently go away for a week or more and this is what I do.

Some people may say that this is incorrect but it has worked for me in the past.

The day before I leave I hand feed him 2 or 3 times (usually beef heart or kangaroo meat) so that I am sure he is full.
Then the morning I leave I usually put in two or three small fat goldfish and about 3 danios. He usually gets the goldfish within 24 hours but the danios are usually a bit quicker and last longer. I have never quarantined my feeder fish - but I have a reputable LFS in Melbourne and I buy fish that are meant for sale, not fish that are breed to be fed! This usually lasts my adult axolotl over a week.

You can also try putting in a bunch of Red Cherry Shrimp or glass shrimp. If you jump on www.aquarimlife.com.au you may be able to find someone in Sydney that have some RCS for sale (usually about $1 each as opposed to over $5 in a shop) They won't hurt the axolotl and I have found that since i've had them in with my axolotl they have been cleaning up his waste as well.

The shrimp may be better for a younger axolotl as they are smaller. All of this is assuming that he/she has eaten live food before and will view either the shrimp or goldfish as food and actively hunt them when he/she is hungry.

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The concept behind your idea is correct, however it can be refined.

Feeder fish and shrimp can indeed be a backup source of food. However the golden rule of quarantine still applies. In addition, do not overstock the tank. All feeder fish and shrimp contribute to nitrogenous wastes. Overstocking can compromise the water parameters which can quickly spiral into a disaster if nobody is around to test for water chemistry or perform water changes.

With feeder fish choices, it is best to stick to guppies and minnows. Goldfish is not appropriate as feeder fish for axies. They are high in fat, produce wastes like there is no tomorrow, contain quite a high amount of thiaminase and can be a vector of parasites.

It is good to feed the axie before a long vacation away. I would go with highly nutritious, caloric dense food rather than 'empty fillers". Feed live earthworms, blackworms and good quality pellets. These would provide a bodily store of essential nutrients. Meat products are more appropriate as a snack,



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