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Freezing earthworms

Sasafire

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I have 3 axolotls, without driving for 6 hours there is only frozen blood worms available, during the summer I dig earthworms out of my garden (more then 5 years insecticde and pesticide free) The problem is that I can only get them from April - late September and the bait shops in the area don't carry them longer then that either (they also can't tell me what they were grown in) Has anyone frozen earthworms? and are they still good then? I would love to keep stock in my freezer I'm just worried that they don't freeze well and that I'll just end up with a useless mess.
 

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Frozen earthworms are nasty when they thaw out. Just a big ole pile of sloppy, mushy junk. If you've ever seen an earthworm that has been dead for a few days then that is what they look like when they thaw out. My advice to you would to setup a container to keep them in the fridge. Not only will the survive better in these condtions but would also breed for you.
 

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I tried it once with nightcrawlers, first cutting up the worms and freezing single pieces in plastic wrap. The thawed pieces were usable. They may have been a bit mushy, but the newts ate them. I'd say try it with one worm and see if the thawed pieces seem usable. Keeping them in dirt in the fridge certainly seems better if you have the fridge space.
 

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lol, now my husband is really going to kill me, first I have "that fish" (one of my axolotls) that has been in the fridge for almost 3 weeks, now I want to put worms in there. This could be interesting! Thanks for the replies, I think I'll just skip the whole freezing thing, and start a worm farm in the spring.
 
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    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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    Hello I'm wondering if fridging axolotl is necessary when giving it a salt bath? My fridge is unpredictable it just changes from freezing temperature to melting by itself. And driving me crazy. So I would not be keen to put my axie in these because of the sudden temperature changes it may experience. Can I leave him in a clean dechlorinated water tub in some of the room? Would I then need to refrigerate the salt water ? Or would I just keep it in a same room temperature?! I have everything ready for him to get a salt bath but just wanted to check about this fridging before I do ( waited for approval to join the forum:)
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    I read the fridge is for if they're stressed or huge infections and erratic temp changes will cause stress
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    If the water is already cool then the infection might prefer cold water
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