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AaronK

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I cut the worms into pieces, the size of the piece is based on the size of the animal. I feed some by dropping the pieces in the tank and others I dangle the food in front of them with tweezers. You will know when they are done eating, the newt will swim away or just not respond to the food. Remove the uneaten food when they are done. Some times I will leave the food in over night so that shy ones will have a chance to eat on their own time.
 

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My newts are new to worms so whether I dangle it in front of them or leave it at the bottom of the tank, they will get scared and swim away or won't pay attention to it.:errr:
 

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Are your worms wiggling?? The motion of the prey item may be needed to trigger a feeding response.
If my terrestrial species ignore their food, I switch to a "livelier" worm and they gobble it right up!

Your aquatic guys might be spooked by your hand... When I feed my newts using tongs, I try to come from above and behind, so all they see is something wiggling near them.
Don't go too close; keep it to the side of their heads, and let them come closer to get it.

I also read something somewhere about getting frogs to eat worms that don't wiggle as much... The author said it was a lot like fishing: thread a worm (but pull the thread almost all the way through) and dangle it in front of your hungry animal, then when it grabs the prey, pull the last fraction of the thread out. Sounds easy, but might not be... I've never done this.

The only other thing I can think of is to try is using a feeding dish. Could the worms be getting lost in the gravel? A small feeding dish with high sides will help keep the food in one place, and your newts may learn to look there for their food. A clear glass dish works best because they can easily see the food items moving.
 

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I have a system of feeding my newts in jars and it works very well, for keeping the worms in one spot and for cleaning. Also, the newts now know their food comes in the jar so I can offer different foods to them and they at least know they're supposed to eat it, whether they like it is another matter...at least they try it. That's how I got them to try bloodworms and to try cut up shrimp. Here are some visuals of the jar system. You can leave the jars in for a few hours, or overnight as I sometimes do, or until the next time you feed them as I also sometimes do (because they clean them out!). Also if there's just a little waste left, the snails get to them and I just let them clean out the pieces, and then if there are too many snails I have them all in a jar for easy disposal! (little do they know...heh heh heh). For my Tarichas, which are bigger animals, I have a glass baking bowl that you can see in the last picture...it's larger and that way they're not too crowded in there and biting each others' hands and feet.
This method isn't so good for foods that float, however, because they'll just float right out of the bowl and away into the tank. Hope this helps!
 

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  • the:
    she should be ok as axolotls can regenerate limbs, the only this i would say is to mabey feed the male more as this type of behavuor is uslay down to hunger.
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    hey, anyone know how long bloodworms can stay in an axolotl tank before they begin to rot and cause an ammonia spike?
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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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  • 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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  • Asmold1:
    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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  • JulMl:
    Thank you so much !!
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  • Asmold1:
    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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  • tammyaxie:
    Where can I get blackworms?
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  • John:
    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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  • noahc808:
    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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