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Need Advice on Juvenile Axolotl Feeding!! First time axolotl owner

Ange.a9855

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Hey all, So I am very new to the axolotl community and owning an axolotl myself. So last Wednesday I got my guy in the mail, he was shipped here to Ohio from Alaska, it was two day shipping. When he arrived he was great, his movement was good, I tried feeding him the day that I got him but he wasn't so interested. Which I expected because he was more than likely stressed with all the traveling. The following day he did eat about half of a nightcrawler. Pooped the next day and then ate again. I've been trying to get him to eat all this week and every time I feed him , he either eats it or spits it out.(I cut the worms up into very small pieces for him) And he will only eat like one bite ,if that. Right now his movement is good, no floating, he is being tubbed right now with 100% water changes , until his tank is cycled. I check the water temperature frequently and its fine. I don't know if maybe the traveling stressed him out a bit and what not. Overall he seems healthy , its just the eating that im concerned with. Anyone have any advice or information? please. He is about 3 months old , will be 4 months this month and measuring about 4.5 inches. Note that I've tried pellets and blood worms in the mean time , along with the live worms.
 

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As long as he .looks healthy - don't worry so much. He'll eat when gets hungry an settles in to his new home. Keep trying him on small live worms. If you haven't seen this page - then I hihgly recommend it for new axolotl owners: Axolotls - Rearing from Egg to Adult Best of luck to you!
Thanks so much for the reply! I'll definitely give it a read. He will eat bloodworms , no problem. But when it comes to the nightcrawler he's not too interested.(also tried red wigglers) I tried mixing the blood worms with the cut up nightcrawler and he only goes for the bloodworms. I'll for sure keep trying the live worms daily, 2 times a day. I just hope he starts taking them soon, fingers crossed! Do u think I should maybe stop the blood worms and only offer the live worms from now on?
 

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Blood worms are pretty small and from what I have read, not the most nutritious of foods. Frozen worms also tend to foul the water more quickly. Many of us use live worms. Nightcrawlers tend to be huge, red-wigglers are a bit smaller and may not be as tasty (but that's all mine get!). You can also try them on the sinking pellets used in salmon farming - see elsewhwere on this site.
 
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  • Asholotl:
    looks like the water is fine till tomorrow. which is nice. im super tired of late. ive been doing large water changes for a week before getting their 'tubs' i just wish i had the old filter ;3;
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  • Asholotl:
    you got a cooler :D Thats so cool! i normally chill their water down if it gets too warm with clean dechlorinated water when they were in their bigger tanks. i'll need to get one that can work with two tanks at some point. or find them for cheap and get two quiet ones. since im in an apartment.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea most coolers are super expensive though the price range is around $100-$500
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  • Asholotl:
    yeah D:
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  • Asholotl:
    i need one before summer though so i should prob save up
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  • Asholotl:
    or its waterchanges and/or air fans for me.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Here its Hot like every day so we have to have the cooler :p
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  • The-Axolotl:
    But we also have a fan
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  • Asholotl:
    its just wet in oregon and cold most of the time.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    So good axolotl weather :p
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  • Asholotl:
    yeah, most of the time lol. its always cold in my room now cause of them.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea my room is freezing because of the axolotls xd
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  • The-Axolotl:
    The worst thing is my cat always jumps up next to the tank but good thing it has a lid 😁
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  • Asholotl:
    same D: my cat is constantly knocking over my bottles and stuff for my axolotls.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    One time he almost knocked over a whole bottle of tap water conditioner we just bought
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  • Asholotl:
    haha. sounds like a cat
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  • The-Axolotl:
    I know right what is it with cats constantly knocking every thing over??
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  • Asholotl:
    And boxes. you can even tape a square on the floor and ive seen them go in it xD
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Haha 😂
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  • Asholotl:
    im going to head off now, its 12 am now so i got to rest. :D nice talking with ya!
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    hey everyone - sorry for the inactivity. things have been really rough in my world the past few days, but i’m safe now. i should be back to my normal active self here soon :)
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  • axolotlnewtlover:
    the nitrites in my tank are so high omg
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Hello, I think my axie might have anchor worms, could someone please look at my thread its called 'rapidly growing strange things all over my axolotls' thanks- The-Axolotl
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  • axolotl nerd:
    @The-Axolotl, reading through your thread now, sorry i didn’t get a chance to welcome you yet!
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    axolotl nerd: @The-Axolotl, reading through your thread now, sorry i didn’t get a chance to welcome you yet! +1
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