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Mash_01

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So, my Axolotl, Mash, is probably seven or eight inches long and I feed her one nightcrawler per week and maybe four or five carnivore pellets two to three days after that.
Is this healthy or no?
My main worry is overfeeding her since she has a very strong feeding response (she'll often let me know she is hungry by snapping at the plants in her tank.)
I keep my house at a constant 67 degrees Fahrenheit (19 celsius,) so the water is likely well within the safe range.
I change out about half of the water twice a week, though I don't have anything that registers ammonia or anything else that could be harmful.
She is very curious about me and will actually come up to the glass and raise a paw in something like a greeting whenever she sees me.
So, is this a decent feeding schedule?
Also, what advice do you all have about testing water quality?
 

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That sounds like a nice feeding schedule!
For testing water quality, I recommend the API freshwater master test kit. Weekly 25% or 50% every two weeks is great for keeping the nitrates at a safe level.
 

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don't worry about over feeding too much, that isn't really an issue, honestly, I would be feeding at least a little more often. just make sure the axolotl's body is the same width as their head, that is an indication of a healthy specimen.
 

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don't worry about over feeding too much, that isn't really an issue, honestly, I would be feeding at least a little more often. just make sure the axolotl's body is the same width as their head, that is an indication of a healthy specimen.
Thank you, I do appreciate the insight.
I have attached some pictures so that you guys have a better idea as far as her health goes.
Not sure how much you can gauge (I don't have the best of cameras,) but there you have her.
 

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Thank you, I do appreciate the insight.
I have attached some pictures so that you guys have a better idea as far as her health goes.
Not sure how much you can gauge (I don't have the best of cameras,) but there you have her.
looks a very good weight I recon, I'd say keep doing what you're doing unless you see a drop in weight
 
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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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    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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    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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