how many eggs should i keep?

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i’m confident i can raise about ten healthy axolotls, and i’m fully prepared to do so - the only catch is i have no idea how many eggs i need to keep to get around ten


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Very difficult to answer.
It depends a lot of the possibilities you have to :
- provide them the small living preys they need (brine shrimps nauplies, daphnias or other planctons)
- find the time to change their water often (dead brine shrimps alter water quality)
- find the place they'll need when they grow. They have frequent cannibalistic trends between 1 and 4 inches and must sometimes be isolated

Last year, I kept 10 and ended with 8 subadults. I lost 2 because of a big-headed cannibalistic individual because I separated them too late
 

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Very difficult to answer.
It depends a lot of the possibilities you have to :
- provide them the small living preys they need (brine shrimps nauplies, daphnias or other planctons)
- find the time to change their water often (dead brine shrimps alter water quality)
- find the place they'll need when they grow. They have frequent cannibalistic trends between 1 and 4 inches and must sometimes be isolated

Last year, I kept 10 and ended with 8 subadults. I lost 2 because of a big-headed cannibalistic individual because I separated them too late
i’m prepared in the sense that i can get food and change water quality often - i also have enough space for them all.
so you kept 10 eggs and came out with 8? sounds like good odds, thanks for replying so quickly :)
 

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Don't mention it.
i’m prepared in the sense that i can get food and change water quality often - i also have enough space for them all.
Your project seems realistic and I'm sure you'll manage it
 
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