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Severance 10th February 2016 14:08

Prevention of Breeding?
 
Hello all. So i have a sub-adult axie who I'm pretty sure is female at this point. I'd like to get her a tank mate once I'm positive of her gender, but I'm trying to avoid eggs.

I know the best way to do this would to be to get another of the same gender (obviously), but when getting an axie shipped you never really know what'll happen.

So I'm curious for all of you who keep multiple axies, what do you do if you accidentally get eggs?

auntiejude 10th February 2016 14:15

Re: Prevention of Breeding?
 
There are really only 3 options - sell them raise them or destroy them.
Selling them is not difficult unless you're experiencing extreme weather, and posting them is easy.
If you choose to raise them you'll be dealing with daily water changes, BBS hatcheries, and then the problem of what to do with the babies. I would normally recommend that someone keeps about 20 eggs and disposes of the rest.
You can cull the eggs by freezing them - it needs to be done in the first 4 or 5 days.

You can also allow the eggs to hatch and feed them to bigger axies, but a lot of hobbyists don't have the stomach for that.

At the end of the day preventing eggs is better than dealing with unwanted eggs, so sexes should be kept separate.

AxolotlChris 10th February 2016 14:48

Re: Prevention of Breeding?
 
I read that Axolotls eating other Axolotls can cause deformed/odd growth, is this right ?

Severance 10th February 2016 19:56

Re: Prevention of Breeding?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by auntiejude (Post 459758)
There are really only 3 options - sell them raise them or destroy them.
Selling them is not difficult unless you're experiencing extreme weather, and posting them is easy.
If you choose to raise them you'll be dealing with daily water changes, BBS hatcheries, and then the problem of what to do with the babies. I would normally recommend that someone keeps about 20 eggs and disposes of the rest.
You can cull the eggs by freezing them - it needs to be done in the first 4 or 5 days.

You can also allow the eggs to hatch and feed them to bigger axies, but a lot of hobbyists don't have the stomach for that.

At the end of the day preventing eggs is better than dealing with unwanted eggs, so sexes should be kept separate.

Thank you very much for the info.

Elise 11th February 2016 06:31

Re: Prevention of Breeding?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AxolotlChris (Post 459759)
I read that Axolotls eating other Axolotls can cause deformed/odd growth, is this right ?



It's been discussed that each batch of eggs will have a subset group being much smaller in size due to a lesser growth rate. This can be advantageous for the larger more robust growing axolotls in times of food scarcity where they can predate on their smaller siblings for survival. However, to address your question, I don't believe cannibalism alone would cause any growth abnormalities, unless there were other factors around malnutrition.


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