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Question: Juvenile Picky Eater?

CatM30

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I recently got two juvenile axolotls from a rescue, their bodies are approximately 3-4 inches right now and are living in a divided 40 gallon. I've been feeding them chopped red wrigglers and some bloodworms. But my one axolotl is very picky about taking the red wrigglers, I cut them off and rinse/soak in hot water to try and get rid of any bitterness, but she is still only taking like maybe one or two pieces, the rest she spits out. She takes the bloodworms much better, but I'm concerned they're not sufficient. Is there anything else I can do to encourage her to eat more? Are there other smaller worms that she can eat? I have nightcrawlers but they're too large. Any advice would be much appreciated!
 

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I've heard a lot of people will feed brine shrimp, especially for younger axolotls
You could also try and chop up the night crawlers and see if she takes that?
 

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I recently got two juvenile axolotls from a rescue, their bodies are approximately 3-4 inches right now and are living in a divided 40 gallon. I've been feeding them chopped red wrigglers and some bloodworms. But my one axolotl is very picky about taking the red wrigglers, I cut them off and rinse/soak in hot water to try and get rid of any bitterness, but she is still only taking like maybe one or two pieces, the rest she spits out. She takes the bloodworms much better, but I'm concerned they're not sufficient. Is there anything else I can do to encourage her to eat more? Are there other smaller worms that she can eat? I have nightcrawlers but they're too large. Any advice would be much appreciated!
many axolotls will not take red wrigglers, blood worms are not a suitable staple diet so I'd look at some suitable carnivorous pallets or cut up the nightcrawlers into small pieces that they can eat. you could also try some blackworms while they're still small.
 
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