Feeding axolotl's

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I was wondering about feeding axolotl's fry. My Jack Dempsey cichlids keep breeding and it seems they have hundreds of babies at a crack, I am unable to just give them away, have tried with no luck, so I was wondering if when it happens again if I should feed the fry to my Axolotl's? Thanks in advance.
 

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I wouldn't have thought chiclid fry would be suitable for axies, I've never even heard them mentioned before. Minnows and guppies/endlers are OK.
 

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They are probably okay when just barely hatched but once the jd fry get even slightly bigger they will get a little bolder and much quicker and could easily attack an axolotls' gills. I do love jds and seeing the parents lead around a little herd of fish fry :)
 

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i would think it would be fine, I have read that they will basically eat anything small enough to fit in their mouth. I am also pretty sure it would be a nice treat for them and a nice change in their diet.
 

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I also have a breeding pair of Jack Dempseys. They are Blue Gene, so roughly 1/3rd come out electric blue. The most of the excess fry get fed off to my fish and adult axolotls, who relish the treat. My advice would be to try it but keep an eye on them. Most get gobbled right up, however those that don't could start picking at the axolotl's gills. Also since the temperature is usually a lot cooler for the Axolotls vs Dempsey's any that remain shouldn't go back into your general fry population; the temperature swings/stress can cause them to come down with Ich. If you are concerned with them surviving/hiding in the plants you can always humanely pre-kill the fry by placing them in a container of water and putting it in the freezer, then treat your axolotls to some bite size Jack Dempsicles.
 

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Be careful about feeding cichlids, many have spikey dorsal fins, it's the reason i didn't use my convict fry as feeders.
 
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    I am new to axolotls myself and one thing I learnt was that earth worms when in distress give off an awful taste - have you tried live river shrimp? Mine really like these and are always happy to 'bite' - I also give them live crickets and pellets which are really pungeant in smell and they always take these - even wait at the glass for them! So sorry to hear he was being attacked by his companion!
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    Hi, just wondering if anyone could help with our axy, she absolutely loves her food and we've notice tonight after her worms( that she ate in one mouthful) that she ue was struggling to get up to the top for air. She's never done this before, she usually goes up every 5-10 mins or so. She is 6 months old and seems very healthy. Could it be a problem with our water level or water quality or could she just be to full?
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    She’s not eating, her tail and gills have shrunk, she’s lot a lot of weight, and we’ve checked her water levels with no negative results
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