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Axolotl isn’t eating enough

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Hi all!! I am a fairly new axolotl mom, so im still learning about them. Anyway, me and my fiancé have two males. I started to notice that maybe they were fighting over the food and not eating enough. (Filaments were small and never growing back) so we started to feed our bigger axolotl (Winston) night crawlers again because he had stopped eating those awhile ago. We got him to eat those again, so he’s staring to look a lot healthier. Our other axolotl is smaller, and really skinny. Ever since we got him, we haven’t been able to get him to eat worms (we cut them in half incase they were too big, but he just wouldn’t eat it), and we also tried pellets, but he wouldn’t eat them either. We’ve been feeding him the frozen cubed blood worms, and he eats those fine. But, even though he’s gotten bigger, he hasn’t gained any weight since we got him, and his filaments haven’t started to grow back. Just looking for some advice as to how I can help my boys. I know they need to be feed separately, so that’s been working, I just want remi (he’s the skinny one) to eat more.

and as a side note if this is helpful info; the ph level in the tank is high currently, but we’re taking measures to fix that!!!

any help is appreciated!!
 

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Feeding separately sounds like a good idea. Just to get a better idea of the situation with Remi, is he attempting to eat the cut-up worms and just spitting it out or is he just ignoring it all together? If he's trying, but spitting it out, I'd try cutting them up even smaller. Otherwise, since he's willing to eat at least bloodworms, I would suggest trying out other food options. I personally use a combination of Canadian nightcrawlers and axolotl pellets from Invert Aquatics (available on Amazon) as food for mine, but I know others have had good results with some other common axolotl foods.
 

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When we first got him, he did try to eat the cut up worm but still spit it out. Just last night we held one in front of him but he didn’t take it at all. He eats the blood worms, and we tried putting pellets in there for added protein, but he wouldn’t eat them. Do you think if we cut up the worm into small pieces that might work better? (We had cut it in half before) or should we just find a different food source? I’m just trying to get him to gain some weight!!
 

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When I first got my guy (he was about 5 in), I had to cut up the big worms into 4 or sometimes even more pieces. Basically, I would start at half, and if he managed to get that down, great. If not, I would cut the piece in half again and so forth. You could also try red wigglers, but some axolotls don't like them. I've never use Repashy Grub Pies myself, but I know a lot of other people on here have used them in similar circumstances to yours.
 

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Yeah, we did try the red wrigglers with remi, but he didn’t like it. Winston is fine with those though. Remi is just picky 😅 but I’ll try cutting it up into more pieces!
 
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    its around 3 small pieces in the tank. Since i've just moved homes, my axolotl is still at my old house. Yesterday i fed him bloodworms and he missed a few. I couldnt get them out without a turkey baster and decided to let them sit because i was gonna move him to the house tomorrow. But now its late and I dont have a car and my dad wont drive me. Will he be fine?
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  • melon:
    I would think so i would just try to get them out tomorrow
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    So my axolotl tank cycle just crashed and while i was in the middle of a water change my bucket overflowed and spilled water all of the ground in my brand new home. This is going super well 👍
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    ooff
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    good luck recycling the tank!
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    do the classifieds still exist?
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    nevermind! off my game tonight
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    Im so frustrated right now. My axolotl WONT eat and my tank still isnt looking too good. Some extra stress i needed.
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    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    No, I havent. Im not really sure why he wont eat. Hes in a 1 gallon tub and still a juvenile. When i offer food he swims away from it. Does he need some extra time? or is this something I should be worried about.
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    Hello everyone! I’m new in this world and i need some advices please! I have 2 axolotl babies and currently the water from the tank is from bottled water ( all parameters are good) but i want to change 50% of the water with city tap water. My question is how to change it? Do i need to get axis out, do the change, add the prime, wait (how much?) until its dechlorinated or i can add the tap water directly into the tank with axis in it, and add the prime conditioner? Thank you!!
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    1. You dont need to take them out of the tank to change the water as long as you pour it in slow as to not rattle them around too much
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    2. add the prime to your tap water, for most conditioners the consensus is 5 minutes of waiting time
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    3.After 5 minutes it should be safe to add
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    Thank you so much !!
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    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Where can I get blackworms?
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    Does anyone know someone who can ship axolotls to hawaii? I recently did a water change and my axolotl died and there are no axos for sale right now.
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