Constipated axolotl. Heard a pea could help?

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I just noticed my wild top axolotl is floating and hes hunched over which means hes either constipated or has gas. I heard that giving your axolotl a frozen pea would help but I've never heard of this method being used often or at all. Does it really work?
 

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I have never heard or seen that mentioned for axolotls. Cichlids however, yes.

If your axie is floating and having trouble passing poop, I would suggest moving him into a tub with enough water so he can keep his feet on the bottom. Not being able to touch the bottom can stress them out. Keep it cool and fresh with dechlorinated water and daily water changes. If he hasn't pooped in 24 hours you may want to look into the fridging guide. Colder temps can help them pass the blockage.
 

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I do too wonder why peas aren't used on axolotls? I know they're very effective on most kinds of fish, I swear by it religiously.
Why don't we use it for axolotls? Has it even been tried?


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I do too wonder why peas aren't used on axolotls? I know they're very effective on most kinds of fish, I swear by it religiously.
Why don't we use it for axolotls? Has it even been tried?

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Because axolotls are not fish. They are carnivores, and too much vegetable matter cannot be digested. I guess potentially it could rot in their gut and ultimately kill them.
 

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Because axolotls are not fish. They are carnivores, and too much vegetable matter cannot be digested. I guess potentially it could rot in their gut and ultimately kill them.
Well thank you for actually mentioning that part :D I wont give him a pea.
 

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I know they aren't fish lol. I know it's a risky thing to do, I only give my fish peas cut up tiny. I wonder if a tiny part of a pea would harm them? People gut load their earthworms with vegetables - this is what made me curious. @auntiejude


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When the vet thought my sal was constipated he told me to feed a waxworm dipped in olive oil each day for a couple days.
 
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