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Feeding blackworms to terrestrial sals

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greg

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Okay. I have wondered this for a while. How do folks give blackworms to terrestrial phased salamanders? Do you put them in a bowl with a bit of water or do you hand-feed with forceps?

Greg
 
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edward

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I use a small plastic lid and a little tiny bit of water.

Ed
 
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jennifer

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I've never had much luck with forceps feeding with blackworms; they are too small and wiggly.

Unfortunately, most feeding dishes do not hold them in, so they all crawl out. Worse yet, blackworms + soil = major foulness, which has been known to poison the sals.

I have 2 solutions to this problem. First, I put the dish of worms on a bare area of the tub, so that the escaped blackworms crawl under the dish and are easy to wipe up off the plastic. If I'm using a paper-towel setup, I clean the towels frequently. Second, I have devised some DEEP feeding dishes that the blackworms do not normally escape from. If I get time, I'll try to take a photo and post it.
 
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jennifer

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Here is a photo of the dish I use for blackworms in terrariums. The worms usually stay put. It is a frozen food dish from Stouffers Lean Cuisine, and I glued in rocks to make sure small newts can climb out easily.

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alberto

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Good question Greg!
I usually fed my Eft's individually using a needle to hold the small little blood worms.
I always like to make sure that all of my newts eat about the same amount of food. That is why
I like to feed them individually.
But I like your set up Jennifer and your suggestion Ed!
Best wishes to all!
 
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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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    I would think so i would just try to get them out tomorrow
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    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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    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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    good luck recycling the tank!
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    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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    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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    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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    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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    Thank you so much !!
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    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Where can I get blackworms?
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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