I'm going to start mine on a mix of blackworms and minced earthworms. They are so huge! This is one from the parents' tank (I missed a few eggs and there are about 6 larvae in there with them. Or were, since I moved Eddie and Elektra back out into a separate tank and back upstairs so I can see them all the time. Their pattern is/will be to live in the basement in the summer and the upstairs in the cooler seasons where I can gaze upon them hourly.)
And without further ado, meet Hektor:
I didn't think they'd be morphing until after the new year at least! Never a dull moment around here. There were three this morning, and every time I check on them there's another hauled on their ramp, like it's waiting its turn to be airlifted out to the morphling tank (talk about setting a tank up in a hurry!). I think there's six now.
congratulations, if i worked it out correctly, it took approx 80-90 days. My ones are currently at day 70, and are still very small, how often should they be fed? I feed daily at present, (frozen blood worms)
Revan: I feed mine daily with blackworms (actually, 6 days a week, I take a day off when I work a double). But I've been mixing the blackworms with minced earthworm for the last couple weeks because they're eating so much. I was also hoping it would help transition them to earthworms. They can't eat black gold forever. They eat the earthworms too. I'm not quite sure how I'll go on now with the morphs, I put blackworms in with them but I hope they'll take minced earthworms. Any advice on how to feed so many morphs would be appreciated!!
Revan: I feed mine daily with blackworms (actually, 6 days a week, I take a day off when I work a double). But I've been mixing the blackworms with minced earthworm for the last month because they're eating so much. I was also hoping it would help transition them to earthworms. They can't eat black gold forever. They eat the earthworms too. I'm not quite sure how I'll go on now with the morphs, I put blackworms in with them but I hope they'll take minced earthworms. Any advice on how to feed so many morphs would be appreciated!!
aww, thanks for the reply, i feed mine daily, it takes me about an hour to do so (prong feeding) I have about 20 larvae, I have felt like leaving the frozen bloodworms in with them, however i fear this would promote a flurry of canobolisitic behavour. May I ask how many larvae you lost to bloating? (couldn't give you the correct term) I've currenlty lost 2, and 2 more seem to be going down the same path.
Unfortunately I can't answer your questions, mainly because i'm a newbie :O
Yea the larva was only approx 30-40 days of age. They swell up, I will try and take some pictures of this tomorrow, I'm actually surprised you haven't witnessed it, I've reads its fairly common. Probably only common to the inexperienced.
To prevent this, primarily you have to feed the larvae more often. Lowering the temperature will help, as will ensuring water quality. If you have a larva with this problem, the easiest way to fix it is to take the larva out and put it in a tiny container, together with a bunch of Daphnia it can swallow. The larva will be able to catch the Daphnia if it's in a tiny container with a tiny amount of water. Eating well seems to help clear most sufferers of this problem. Obviously the sooner this is dealt with the better.
What temperature are they kept at, Revan? They should be at around 23 C (in my experience), and lower temperatures can result in symptoms similar to those you have described, as do overly high temps (as John has commented). Try feeding them on small/chopped earthworm to boost growth.
@ChocoUniversa, Buy some ammonia and an eyedropper from Walmart and a water test kit for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. Figure out (through testing) how many drops it will take to get the ammonia level to the test's maximum measurement. Add that same number of drops every 24 hours. Eventually, the ammonia will start to go down as it's converted to nitrites. Keep adding ammonia. The nitrite levels will spike for a while and then they too will start to go down as they convert to nitrates. These you get rid of by doing water changes, which you should be doing anyway throughout the process. Once all of these are at low levels, your aquarium is ready. It takes about a month, maybe two (mine took a month and a half). Be sure to add ammonia until the day of or the day before you add your axolotl.
Hey guys, this is my first time using this so bear with me. I have an adult axie who looks like he’s developed some fungus on gills. It’s still really small and only on one part. I put him in a 10 gal quarantine tank with an Indian almond leaf. I want to give him a black tea bath but not sure if I can add my black tea to the tank with the Indian almond leaf in there. Any advice?
I have a tiger salamander and i got him as a gift , recently it looks like something has been eating at his tail! Almost like its dissolving..? Ive checked that there is no other bugs in the closure, ive also ben giving him salt baths but its inly getting worse. Sorry if its much hahaha im just super worried!
@XxJennXx, I don't believe so. They are closely related to tigers and my tiger doesn't brumate. I think first year they might but after they see they aren't needing to, they should be good. They might try and hibernate to, mine did for the first year but now I see him crawling around right now.
@Pookisoo, The refrigerator is a good hospital for tigers.Temperature between 7 and 2 degrees Celsius can stop bacteria. If necessary or if you dare 0 to -2 can also help.Reduce the temperature in a few days from 7 degrees to 2. After that you can reduce further. Feel free to let it sit for a few weeks. Place the animal in a plastic container with a lid with some air holes. Fill it with some soil and / or leaves. Check regularly whether there is still moisture or ice in this container. At temperatures above 2 degrees, they do not go into hibernation. They will then live on their reserves. Doing nothing is not an option, I speak from experience. You can avoid these kinds of problems by keeping them fairly dry for much of the year.
Hi guys! I’m new to this site and a new axolotl owner. I’ve had my baby (his name is toothpick) for about a month or so now. I finally got a water testing kit and I tested the perimeters earlier today. My ammonia was at 3 ppm and my nitrite was at 2 ppm. This freaked me out because I know they are supposed to be at 0 ppm. I did a water change a little bit ago and it went down to ammonia 1 ppm and in between 1-2 ppm nitrate. I change 50% of my water weekly and clean up any pieces of waste or excess food with a turkey bastwr everyday. Could this just be because the tank isn’t fully cycled yet? Should I be concerned? Toothpick hasn’t shown any signs of distress
@Paige1warren You need to tub your axolotl and perform 100% daily water changes. Your tank is not fully cycled, and any readings of ammonia or nitrite are toxic and potentially deadly. A fully cycled tank should at all times have readings of 0ppm ammonia/0ppm nitrite/0pmm<nitrate.