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Question for the pros about feeding!

atomicfire

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I recently bought 3 aquatic caecilians and I know a lot of my basics with them but I am unsure how much I should be feeding them! I have been giving them a combination of blood worms and leaf worms so far. Guess I'm curious how many frozen cubes or live earth worms I should allow per feeding with 3 of them in the tank?? They are supposably 4 years old and are all between 10-12" long! They always seem hungry so I'm worried I am not feeding them enough. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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With mine, I found that leaving ghost shrimps in the tank for it to hunt was extremely dangerous as the shrimps were nibbling on the caecelian's skin during the day, resulting in raw sores, so you should keep away from those...

You might want to consider switching them onto a staple of sinking newt/axolotl pellets if possible...
 

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I actually enjoy feeding my Caecilians a mix of live and dead food! I think that is half the novelty of owning them! I'm not sure that these would take pellets. I have them on the same diet as the previous owner so I'm not sure how well they would adapt to the pellets. I have gave them several Ghost shrimp already! I like adding them from time to time just for clean up purposes but i will head your warning that they could injure my caecilians and limit their exposure to them. So far they take freshwater variety pack cubes, bloodworms,earth worms, wax worms and ghost shrimp. They also took down a feeder guppy that was weak. I'm mostly concerned with how much I should be allowing them each feeding! They seem to really like food! They have great appetites and are active and shedding regularly!
 

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Sounds like you're feeding them well then! How many times do you feed a week? I usually feed my 18" T. natans around 10 turtle sticks or cichlid pellets once every 2 days supplemented with f/t ghost shrimp and gambusia about once every week or two and it's worked so far with me...but the dry food I fed was of the floating type and my caecelian had learnt to scour the top for them.
 

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I feed them daily and they get different things from day to day! Usually if they get live worms one day they get frozen the day after that!
 
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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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    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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    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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  • John:
    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    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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