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Old 16th May 2011   #1
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Unhappy Axie not eating

Hi guys,

I was just wondering how long it took axies to settle in before they'll eat. I've had mine since Friday and I tried to handfeed her yesterday (which is how she's been fed previously) on a bloodworm block and she panicked and swam away. I know she needs to settle in but I'm also aware that she hasn't eaten since Thursday now!

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Old 16th May 2011   #2
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How big is it? Adults, in cool temperatures, can easily go a couple weeks without food.

Be patient. Try feeding it at dusk without turning a bunch of lights on, and without disturbing her as much as possible. Use tongs to hold the bloodworms in front of her versus sticking your whole hand in the tank.



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Remember in axie world, the rule of thumb is "if i am bigger than you i will probably try to eat you"

So, you are bigger than your axie right? Imagine being in a new environment, and a giant creature plunges a multi limbed appendage into your living space........ you might be led to beleive you are about to be eaten :-)

Kaysie's advice is good, it's exactly what i'd recomend.

Perhaps even just leave the food on the bottom or in a feeding tray / jar. My guys have always been fed by hand, but they will happily hunt around and find food left on the tank floor too.

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Thanks guys. She was looking a little more relaxed yesterday so I tried dropping a couple of pellets in front of her, left her for an hour and they were gone!

On another newbie axie owner note - I know you're supposed to hoover any old food/poop up - she hasn't pooed yet but is it obvious when she does?



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Thanks guys. She was looking a little more relaxed yesterday so I tried dropping a couple of pellets in front of her, left her for an hour and they were gone!

On another newbie axie owner note - I know you're supposed to hoover any old food/poop up - she hasn't pooed yet but is it obvious when she does?
If you spot-clean soon enough after s/he has pooped, it's massive (I'll add a link, to show you photo/s), but if not seen straight away, the poop starts to break down + can blend / mix in with substrate - on a barebottomed tank it can obviously still be seen, but if you have sand, it can be camoflagued. If you have gravel / pebbles, it gets hidden down in the cracks, but if that's how you set up is, you should removed the gravel / pebbles anyway, in case they get gulped down by mistake - sorry if you already know this, but it's an important point to repeat to new owners, since it's probably 1 of the worst dangers for axies



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Not the thread II was looking for, but still shows poop - http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beg...-say-ouch.html



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She's got sand - I read about not having gravel. I've checked a few times since she ate yesterday and haven't seen anything obviously poop-like. I hope it hasn't broken down already



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I very rarely see whole poop from any of my axies, but when "hoovering" with the syphon, that picks the majority up anyway. And, I do spot-cleaning every day feed time, with a turkey baster, that has a similar effect.
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Poop breaks down quickly, within hours. Like Mojo said, you'll rarely see it unless you're constantly looking. They also only poop every couple of days.



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