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Old 24th February 2017   #1
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Default New axie mom, help..

Hey guys! I'm new to the site and a new axie mom of two leucistic - one about 4inches and the other just a little over 4.5 inches. I'm very worried about them. They seem to be motionless and not eating as well. I've had them for about 5 days. The first 4 days was with a filter that had a strong flow so I switched it and threw in Colony Freshwater to jumpstart the cycle (since I'm using a new filter).

The first four days was stressful as it was difficult to feed them. I tried feeding them pellets but they didn't eat alot. On the third and fourth day, I tried to feed them a worm but they both only ate a quarter of an earthworm.

Yesterday, I noticed that my second axie (Echo) had a slightly bloated stomach. I thought this was probably because I fed him a quarter of an earthworm on the third and fourth night.

Today, I tried to light feed one of them (Puck) some pellets and it seemed that he wasn't interested in them. He only ate the ones that was on my forceps or "moving". Same with thing happened with Echo although he did eat to pellets from the ground.

I've been doing partial water change (25%-40%) everyday on my 20gallon tank since I got them. Because I didn't cycle my tank before. Temperature ranges from 17-20 degrees Celsius. I've been testing my water and my ammonia level has 0.25pm for the last 3 days, nitrates & nitrites seem to be at zero. Although since I added colony freshwater, I'm expecting my nitrates & nitrites to go up in the next 4 days.

My axies aren't very active and doesn't explore much. I'm worried that they're sick or stressed. The new filter seem to work well and is on the lowest setting however, they're still not as active.

I will insert pictures of my two axies. First picture is Echo today in the morning (you can see her/his belly) and second is Puck yesterday.
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