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Best upkeep for Nightcrawlers (food, shelter) for long periods?

ravenous

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I decided to buy my newts these as one recently died and incase it was starvation (they were eating frozen bloodworms fine, than noticed they ate less and less) I wanted NC as bakup. I bought a 24 pack at walmart and keep them in the fridge. I tried feeding them last night and it looks like a half of worm is the most they can handle. SO I was wondering will these 24 last about 4 months alone? SHould I feed them something? How do I keep em alive?
 

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Easy, plastic container placed somewhere out of direct sunlight between 60 and 80F.
Fill with shredded news paper and a handfull of topsoil, moisten(dont soak) and drop your worms in.

Feed with food waste, anything plant or plant based(eg potato peel, bananna skins, bread crusts) buryed an inch or so into the paper(They'll eat anything but fruit, meats and sugary scraps will attract other nasties).

You'll probably end up with more than 24 by then!
 

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Ravenous, I also buy the Walmart earthworms. I keep them in the fridge in the container they came in. I do not feed them anything and most of them live for months this way (though I do occasionally find a dead, fuzzy worm. When this happens watch the rest of the worms closely as its likely that when one of mine dies, many more die shortly thereafter). Because I don't feed the worms I have wondered how nutritious they are after a few weeks, but because I feed a variety of other foods I am not too concerned.
 
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  • the:
    she should be ok as axolotls can regenerate limbs, the only this i would say is to mabey feed the male more as this type of behavuor is uslay down to hunger.
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    hey, anyone know how long bloodworms can stay in an axolotl tank before they begin to rot and cause an ammonia spike?
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  • melon:
    I think it is always best to get them out asap but probably two days or so.
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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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  • the:
    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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  • John:
    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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  • JulMl:
    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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  • Asmold1:
    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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  • Asmold1:
    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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  • JulMl:
    Thank you so much !!
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  • Asmold1:
    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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  • tammyaxie:
    Where can I get blackworms?
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  • John:
    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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