In my cultures, springtails kept the mites in check , I think by competing for the extra food. Also I noticed if I put a piece of wood in there (twig) a lot of them would all crawl onto the twig and I could throw them away. I have also heard that pillbugs would eat them. I've also used mite paper, you can tape that inside the lid. I don't think that gets rid of them but helps them not come back.
talking of whiteworms, what's a better way to harvest them? So far, I just put a few clumps of earth w. whiteworms into some water and wait till they all wriggle together and clump up, and then I take out the worm clumps.
But my cultures are booming now and I'd like to find a good way to quickly harvest larger numbers - how do you folks do it?
Harvest and grain mites . This group of mites isconsists of numerous species that live in grain and have been associated with dermatitis in both domestic animals and man. Infestatoins are most common in situations where grain is stored.
I had an explosion of grain mites in some cricket cultures that I kept on a shelf above my desk, and I ended up itching for a couple of weeks because of the mites getting on my skin and clothes. I doubt newts would appreciate having them on their skin either.
I spent a while last night separating mites from a bunch of my whiteworms so that I could start a mite-free whiteworm culture. All my other cultures are crawling with mites. There doesn't seem to be anywhere in the UK that sells mite paper except for dartfrog.co.uk, and I'm wary of using dichotomous earth since it's not entirely unlike asbestos, and not something I'd like to get in my lungs. Definitely not something I'd sprinkle in the carpets around the house, and I have a cocker spaniel who follows her nose everywhere, so she'd snort it into her lungs while sniffing for mice if any of it ended up on the floor of my garage, where I keep my whiteworm cultures.
Thought I'd add my thoughts after reading this post and buying diatomaceous earth.
I found it for sale online as a natural flea powder for cats and dogs, rather than at a garden centre (who all looked at me funny too!) I've used it and, along with regularly churning up the soil in the culture and not keeping it too moist, has kept me pretty much free of mites. Might be easier to look for it as a flea killer than garden fertiliser (also apparently you can eat it )
Also I don't know if Molch now has a different method of harvesting the worms now (that was posted in 2011) but Davo showed me a great method. Place a blob of porridge oats (ready-brek) onto the soil and then place a piece of glass, or a sheet of plastic, or similar item on top of the blob. The worms will then wriggle up into the gap between the soil and the flat glass surface (over time) and you can pick up a clump of worms with no soil or wipe them from the glass. Simple.
Do all impacted axolotls float? I'm worried about my two juvenile axolotls as they both have bloated stomachs and I have some plant substrate in my tank. The substrate is very small and breaks apart easity but could this still cause impaction? They are not floating at all and still eat a lot. I've been feeding them bloodworms.
@SunnyAxies, It honestly depends on how much space you have. Two axolotls in the same aquarium would need a minimum of 30 gallons. (at an adult size) If you end up with opposite genders, you would need two 20 gal tanks. Males and females can't be kept together since they will breed and overbreeding the female is harmful to her body. Another factor would be if you think both eggs would survive. Sometimes axolotls hatch with defects and either die or should be euthanized to prevent them from living an uncomfortable and/or stunted life. It's sad, but it's for the good of the animal.
I made a huge error, I’m about to cry because I don’t know why I was so stupid. I decided to clean the sponge and other stuff in my filter while I left the filter running. (I took out the parts in the filter to swish around in dirty tank water). Bc I left the filter running, all the gross stuff at the bottom of the filter filled into my axolotl tank. My tank is like brown now. I was trying to unclog something in my filter cuz it wasn’t running right and idk why I left it on I literally don’t know. I tried to take a bunch of water out snd replace it with fresh water but it’s STILL brown.
Hello! New caretaker of a paddletail who is supposedly 24, and seems to have been poorly cared for. Supposedly was fed earthworms or redworms, but every time I've pet-sat for her, she just chomped at the worm once or twice and left it, to be removed a day or two later. Now I have a bigger, clean tank and have been trying mainly frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp, thawed with spring water and fed with a dropper. She ignores bloodworms, goes for the brine shrimp eagerly, but seems to spit a lot out, and ignore most. I'm not sure I can make myself chop up worms () but I want to help her. She also regurgitated an inch-long, seemingly stiff, straight, dried up bloodworm! I don't even know where that came from!!! All help appreciated. Thank you.
Hello anyone that can help! I’m a breeder and was wondering how to make pellets as well as salmon pellets! I’ve seen some recipes around but they contain crickets which I thought were no good for axolotls because of the chitin. The amount taht I have devours 2 pounds of pellets in a week so any help would be great. There was another lin las well for two other pellets but I’m not sure if it lets me open it because I am in the Us?
I have had an axolotl hatch from its egg it's Friday today and they were only laid on Saturday this little lotl has appeared to lose its egg sack and is swimming in like a circle every now and then is this normal?