Stressed axolotl

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So i added some shrimp to my 20 gallon axolotl tank. The shrimp (5 ghost 2 cherry) have been in there for a little over an hour and by axolotl has been a little stressed. The water parameters are all good and the temperature is at 64F. Everytime one of the shrimp passes him he either tries to eat them( the main reason i added them so that's not concerning) or he freaks out and swims off. He is about 5 inches long and is able to eat them if he tried a bit harder but im worried that he'll get too stressed. Should i leave the shrimp in their so he can just get used to them or should i take them out. I have a ten gallon that i can but all the shrimp in (i have 16 in total) and a lot of extra java moss and duck weed for them to eat and hide in too. Please help.
 

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that’s understandable but the thing is dwarf shrimp like amano shrimp, ghost shrimp and cherry shrimp dont harm axolotl in any physical way. And axolotls have the ability to eat crustaceans. My main and only question is if i should wait it out and see if he gets comfortable with them and what can i do to reduce the stress of him having unfamiliar surroundings/tank-mates?

I’ve been told and i’ve been shown why Axolotls can't have a number of tank-mates. Like fish because the fish can nibble and it would cost a lot to keep buying more fish as the axolotl eats them and snails because they can be a a chocking and impaction hazard as well as plecos because they can eat the slime coat. The only thing i’ve heard of (only once out of the 6 or so axolotl breeders that i’ve asked) is that the shell of the shrimp may be a problem but as it turns out that shell is actually extremely soft and wild axolotls have been eating live shrimp for a long time.
 
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