Axie in "tree house"

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steffi

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Hey everybody,

I just found my axie sitting in the top of one of the plants in the tank, dangling its little legs either side. It looked so relaxed and comfortable, does anybody else's axies do that aswell?
Is there a reason for it (hiding from nonexistent predators or something)?

Anyway, this was so cute, I thought I would share it with you.

Cheers, Steffi
 

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This is called the "Hang out" position.

Axies love to hang out. People who have to strong a filter will experience this less.

My guys love getting themselves in amongst the plants and just chilling out with each other.
 
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I think we just coined it 'hang out'. I don't think that's a scientific term
. Mine will often do it with just one foot on a plant, or their tail resting on it. Or they'll sit on the bottom, and stick their front legs up. I think they do it just because they don't spend a lot of time doing very much of anything. They're lazy (to use a human term) as far as most animals go.
 
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Mine does that after he goes to the top for air, he rushes down right into the plant and just sits there.
 

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My cutie Axelina does it too. It makes me wonder how the little plants can support her weight, strange! I have a air bubble machine in my tank, and Axelina just loves to attack the bubbles for ages, it's real fun to watch.She also likes to get herself to lie on top of the machine, so the bubbles will lift her in the air. First I was a bit worried the bubbles may damage her sensitive skin somehow, but luckily not, as she loves it.Haha, she is soo entertaining. But she hardly ever swims, mostly just keeps walking around. She has never been to the top of the tank to get air. Isn't that a bit strange?
 
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Julio (my axie) does that as well. just chills at the top of the tank, or on top of the plants. I think it works well for him because the water coming off the filter moves past him so he just sits there flapping his gills occasionally
 
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si

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Yeah my guy does it after a gulp of air usually, there are some pics of him in action in the axie gallery titled "Crouching Axi Hidden Bloodworm"


They're hilarious little beasts!
 
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    Hi guys, I have an 11 month old axoltol who is about 9 inches long. She normally is a pig when it comes to food. I switch between pellets and night crawlers, and sometimes blood worms if she had a big meal the day before. Anyways, I went to go feed her a night crawler today, and she wouldn’t eat it! She turned her head and went to the corner. I noticed that when I cut this worm it seems to release a lot more goop then other worms I’ve cut, I tried to wash it off the best I could with cold water. Do you think maybe she didn’t want to eat it because of that? She normally will eat anything in front of her face. Water perimeters are perfectly normal by the way, and temp is at a steady 63 degrees F.
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    Also, she looks perfectly fine. Tail is straight, gills aren’t curled, no fungus or anything. It’s probably no big deal, it’s just unusual behavior for her so it really caught my eye. Love my girl and want to make sure everything’s ok.
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