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Old 13th July 2018   #1
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My girls and I just took on the endeavor of caring for a juvenile axis!!! We love him!!! But I have some major concerns about feeding and ammonia levels. Weíve been using frozen blood worms but they go all over!!! I donít know if itís good to vacuum daily but Iím worried about the worms just staying in the tank.... any suggestions?? What else can we feed him?? Also I am hyper focusing on temperature also and I simply canít afford a chiller. I bought a fan ( via internet cause I found NOTHING local) but it came in broken so Iím waiting for a second to come in. Again any ideas?? Thanks for the help in advance!!!!



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Old 13th July 2018   #2
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Welcome! First of all make sure you have a liquid test kit for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. This way you can monitor the levels and do water changes accordingly. Did you cycle the tank before getting the axolotl?
How big is your axolotl? You may be able to start feeding worms, cut up into bits smaller than his head. It's less messy and really good for them. When I feed bloodworms I always move my axie into a separate container to control the waste. It may be stressful to do this every day, however. I only do it about once a week (he usually eats worms) so he is out while I do a water change. Alternatively you can use an old clean jar (like a pasta or jam jar). You put the cube of worms in (frozen) and as they melt they sink. Lead the axie into the jar and they usually are able to eat them up. To clean you just carefully take the jar out :)



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Thanks for the help. I did cycle the tank and heís not tiny... heís like 5 inches...I just feel like worms or something larger would be better... I could take the uneaten out easier. And not have to worry so much about ammonia.



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Absolutely you can move to big worms then! Any of the nightcrawlers are fine, whatever is easier for you to get :)



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Welcome! First of all make sure you have a liquid test kit for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. This way you can monitor the levels and do water changes accordingly. Did you cycle the tank before getting the axolotl?
How big is your axolotl? You may be able to start feeding worms, cut up into bits smaller than his head. It's less messy and really good for them. When I feed bloodworms I always move my axie into a separate container to control the waste. It may be stressful to do this every day, however. I only do it about once a week (he usually eats worms) so he is out while I do a water change. Alternatively you can use an old clean jar (like a pasta or jam jar). You put the cube of worms in (frozen) and as they melt they sink. Lead the axie into the jar and they usually are able to eat them up. To clean you just carefully take the jar out :)
Wonderful advice. My axies are about 5 inches as well and I am about to make a change from bloodworms to earthworms. One of my axies has a more narrow mouth and would not have been able to manage larger worms until very recently. The bloodworms sure can be a bit messy!



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