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Axolotl won’t eat after 3 weeks???

artytheaxolotl

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Hi! I just recently got a couple of axolotls (young leucy and a older wild) and I’m having some trouble getting my wild to eat. I wasn’t too concerned for the first week or two, because i know that they can go a couple weeks without eating, especially in a new environment. My younger one has just now started, and she’s an excellent eater! (i’m feeding them bloodworms) but whenever I offer some to the other, she doesn’t seem interested. The water is perfect, i’ve checked and checked and the temperature is sitting at 17°C (62°F) and I’m sure she hasn’t swallowed anything. She’s active, she swims a lot during the night and spends most of the day in her cave. Is there anything i should do?? Should i go back to the place i got her and ask them??
 

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Hi! I just recently got a couple of axolotls (young leucy and a older wild) and I’m having some trouble getting my wild to eat. I wasn’t too concerned for the first week or two, because i know that they can go a couple weeks without eating, especially in a new environment. My younger one has just now started, and she’s an excellent eater! (i’m feeding them bloodworms) but whenever I offer some to the other, she doesn’t seem interested. The water is perfect, i’ve checked and checked and the temperature is sitting at 17°C (62°F) and I’m sure she hasn’t swallowed anything. She’s active, she swims a lot during the night and spends most of the day in her cave. Is there anything i should do?? Should i go back to the place i got her and ask them??
Congratulations on the new axolotls. Blood worms are looked at to be a snack but not a everyday meal. Try night crawlers, salmon pellets, crickets, or soft sinking pellets for every day eating. Axolotls share the same addittude on food like people they love variety. Also some people use feeder fish but I choose to stay away from this due to feeder fish carrying a bunch of issues and at times can sicken your axolotls. Good luck and I hope your axolotl eats soon.
 

artytheaxolotl

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Congratulations on the new axolotls. Blood worms are looked at to be a snack but not a everyday meal. Try night crawlers, salmon pellets, crickets, or soft sinking pellets for every day eating. Axolotls share the same addittude on food like people they love variety. Also some people use feeder fish but I choose to stay away from this due to feeder fish carrying a bunch of issues and at times can sicken your axolotls. Good luck and I hope your axolotl eats soon.
Thank you so much! I’m looking into getting some nightcrawlers but where I am in Melbourne it’s tricky at the moment but I’m sure i’ll be able to get a hold of some soon.
I hear what you said about feeder fish, but what do you think about neon tetras? The store i got her from recommended getting a few for the tank for them to feed on if they feel like it… bad idea?
Again, thank you so much!
 
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