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Newbie with baby axolotls

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Hi everyone! I have just got two new young (about 5cm - no feet yet) axolotls. I was wondering what the best way to feed them is. I purchased frozen blood worms, but am finding that it's kinda difficult to get it to them, and they don't seem particularly interested in eating!

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Rob
 

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Little ones really like to see their food moving. You can try brine shrimp - they hatch quite quickly. We had some babies this summer and they ate lots of them. I also would get mosquito larvae with a net from standing water and they loved them too. Good luck!
 

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i'd also go for baby brine shrimp, buy a hatchery. Then when they are big enough move them onto live blackworms until they can take nightcrawlers. Please keep in mind that bloodworms are never a healthy staple for axolotls, they are effectively the candy of the axolotl world, they lack nutrients and will not allow healthy growth :)
 

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Live, moving food at least until they get their front legs. In the US and some parts of Europe I would recommend blackworms. Elsewhere you should be able to get brineshrimp/artemia eggs and hatch them at home. Beyond that, Daphnia and Moina are good options. Microworms are small enough, but terrible for growth.
 

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Live, moving food at least until they get their front legs. In the US and some parts of Europe I would recommend blackworms. Elsewhere you should be able to get brineshrimp/artemia eggs and hatch them at home. Beyond that, Daphnia and Moina are good options. Microworms are small enough, but terrible for growth.
Thanks John, so they have tiny little stumpy legs - one of them eats a tiny bit of the bloodworm but the other one doesn't seem interested. I'm not sure where to get brineshrimp eggs from (I'm in Australia) but I'll check it out. Thanks!
 

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Thanks John, so they have tiny little stumpy legs - one of them eats a tiny bit of the bloodworm but the other one doesn't seem interested. I'm not sure where to get brineshrimp eggs from (I'm in Australia) but I'll check it out. Thanks!
You should be able to get them, or Daphnia or Moina - find an aquarium store.
 

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about 5cm - no feet yet
Are they really 5 cm long ?
If so, brine shrimps look very tiny food.
Daphnia are a better choice in this case because they stay alive until they are eaten (and they clean the water too)
Bloodworms (but you say it's no use) ore small earthworms would be fine.

If they are 5 cm long and no feet, it could be a case of cannibalism. between 5 and 10 cm (2 to 4 inches), axolotls have marked cannibalistic behaviors and they readily snap each other's limbs.
 
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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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    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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    good luck recycling the tank!
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Thank you so much !!
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    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Where can I get blackworms?
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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