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Default Re: How to streamline larva care?

Raising a whole batch of newt eggs is easier than raising a whole batch of axolotl eggs for a number of reasons, firstly they produce fewer eggs, they have a slower growth rate, reach a smaller size and often spend a time terrestrial. This means they need less small aquatic food which is the most challenging part of raising larvae. Typically axolotl breeders rely on baby brine shrimp to raise large numbers as buying commercial daphnia is expensive, they haven't the skill/space/time to raise their own and are unable or unwilling to wild collect. This means they are stuck with daily water changes for a couple of months.
If you can provide a reliable source of daphnia you can dispense with daily water changes. Set your tanks/tubs up with aged water, add weed, various bugs such as moina, daphnia, hog lice, snails and blackworm. Put your eggs in , leave them alone, just check them a couple times a week and add daphnia and other live food if they are running short. Pull the biggest larvae out when you spot them so they don't canabalise the smallest. Make sure you can secure the tubs so they don't morph and bail or pull them all when they show signs of morphing. This is an easy and work shy method of raising newts, it's also highly effective , though be prepared for the smallest to be eaten by bigger siblings.
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