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Default Is this impaction?

New to Axolotl care/ownership.
First photo is first day in tank after receiving in the mail.
2nd 2 photos are abut 6 days later.
Axle is 2.5-3 long.
We took a chance and put Axle on a black aquarium sand substrate and fed bloodworms only in a mason jar, taking great care to suction up any that floated out. Still saw Axle sucking up sand sometimes.

I was worried about impaction due to the abdomen extension and unevenness. Advice from Facebook was to tub Axle to see if he would poop. He has been in a tub with 100% water changes for 2 days. Has pooped 2 days in a row.

Advice on how to proceed? Removing all sand would probably harm the cycle. Putting slate on top of sand would work until Axle is bigger to better pass sand, but messy underneath. Tubbing until he is 4-5 is not feasible.

Advice? Thank you!
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Default Re: Is this impaction?

Well the sand is a risk when they are small but if want to monitor it as you go I would advise the slate tile plan, at least to minimize the amount of sand they can eat to some degree. Currently doesn't look like impaction to me, if they are pooping on a regular basis that is a good sign that they are able to pass the sand they are eating. Still you should watch out for changes in behavior or appetite. When you can switch to chopped earthworms, hand feeding or training them to come to the surface to be fed should also help lower the risk.



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