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Axolotl's poop has white?!

This is a discussion on Axolotl's poop has white?! within the Sick Axolotl? forums, part of the Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) category; So I have 3 axolotls that share a tank. 2 are new so I'm not quite sure which axolotl it's ...

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So I have 3 axolotls that share a tank. 2 are new so I'm not quite sure which axolotl it's coming from exactly but there has been white poop in the tank, but when i take it out it breaks up and is brown inside, I don't know if that's something to be worried about at all or not??



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What are you feeding them?



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I had a similar experience with white poo when I first got my axolotls, I put it down to fat in their diet, because the guy I got them off said he would feed them beef heart and bits of chicken and ham.
I could be wrong, just seemed to make sense, as they have been on earthworms for three years and their poo is now always brown and healthy looking.



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I feed them frozen bloodworms, and feeder minnows.. normally white cloud mountain minnows.



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I'd try to get nightcrawlers as a staple feeder.

My axolotl has eaten guppies, but they are never intended as anything more than a treat. White cloud are a good choice for tankmates, but the problem with small fish is that you have a lot of matter on them that isn't necessarily beneficial to the axolotl and will just be pooped out and unused - leaving them having expended a lot of energy to digest something that wasn't very useful to them.

I breed the guppies myself and only introduce 1/2 size ones (between the babies and adults in size) - bigger fish can cause impaction. White cloud aren't too difficult to breed, but a bit more so than guppies. Guppies also tend to prefer warmer water - so when I move them from their normally 80F breeder to the 67F axolotl tank, their metabolism slows down and they tend to grow more slowly - allowing them to remain a safely eat-able size for longer than a fish that metabolises well in colder water.

Just an idea. I don't think they are worth much as feeders, they're just fun to watch, don't bother the axolotl, and won't hurt it when eaten. And it offsets overcrowding in the breeder - everyone's happy !

Feeder shrimp are also nice if you like having something else live in the tank. Again - they are a treat, not a complete diet.


Nightcrawlers are great and provide a lot of nutrition without much that is difficult to digest since they're soft-bodied and don't have hard shells like some other types of worm (which can cause impaction).

Hikari sinking massivore pellets are also great for them, are are trout / salmon pellets.



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