Question: Axolotl struggle to feed

trickthekick

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Hi! New member here. I’ve had an axolotl for a few months, and it was hatched in September last year.

I’ve been running into a few difficulties with him, during feeding.

I started on bloodworm blocks, and I’ve been trying to transition him on to more filling foods, because he’s bigger now.
I did mealworms for a little bit out of desperation, because he LOVED to eat those, but I know the chitin isn’t good for them and hard to digest.
Then I tried to transition him to the smaller of the red wrigglers I have in my worm farm, and he happily ate those twice, before one of them squirted him with their defensive stinky slime, and now he’s decided he doesn’t want to even try and eat them now. He shakes his head whenever I hold a worm in his face, and if I hold it there too long he swims away instead. Sometimes he’ll snap and hold it in his mouth for a few seconds, before spitting it to the side.

The newest issue is the sinking pellets I got him. He’ll happily eat them, but ONLY if he manages to catch it if it falls. He will not eat it once it hits the bottom of his tank. He’s also terrible with aim, so he can’t catch them often
 
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