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Hi everyone,

Iím a beginner owner. Iíve had my ~2.5 inch axolotl for five days. She is usually very active, swimming laps. I changed some of her water this morning, which maybe spooked her a little. But she seemed fine after and ate lots of blood worms I gave her. But immediately after eating the bloodworms, instead of swimming around like usual, sheís just been floating near the surface, not moving much. Itís been a few hours and she is still acting very still. Only swimming for a little before resting for a long time. This is a 10 gallon tank with no filter and I change about half the water every day. I have not had any readings of ammonia higher than 0.25 before a water change. The temperature is 64. Is my little one okay?



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Have you noticed if she has pooped? It could be a bit of constipation. Is the back half floating a bit more than the front?



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Have you noticed if she has pooped? It could be a bit of constipation. Is the back half floating a bit more than the front?
Sheís had a few big poops since Iíve gotten her. None after that feeding yet but she doesnít seem to be floating from her belly or anything. She became more active this afternoon and accepted food, so Iím hoping sheís fine!

Is it possible to overfeed an axolotl at this age? Iím having trouble knowing how much to give her and she always seems to accept more and more bloodworms.



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I wouldn't worry about over feeding, especially young ones. Unless the body is significantly bigger than the head. Keep feeding until she refuses food, I think at a young age you can feed them multiple times a day as well. My girl will eat 2 big night crawlers (not even cut up) and still be keen for more food



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I wouldn't worry about over feeding, especially young ones. Unless the body is significantly bigger than the head. Keep feeding until she refuses food, I think at a young age you can feed them multiple times a day as well. My girl will eat 2 big night crawlers (not even cut up) and still be keen for more food
Thanks for the info! It makes me feel more at ease. And sheís acting her usual self again!



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