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Suicidal Crix?

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hayden

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My Crickets always seem to jump into the water dish and drown...I have seen them be eaten by my Taricha morphs...Is there a way to stop this...The water is cleaned everyday because of this and I would like to reduce Cleaning...Any Suggestions...
 
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joseph

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Any way for them to escape? Add a few pebbles/a piece of wood for them to haul out on.
 
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hayden

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Joseph, There is a lot of foilage sticking out, Pothos and silk plants...
 
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jennifer

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You're probably talking about small crickets, right? When they come from the shop, they are rather "prone to die" and the water dish gives them a convenient place to do it! One thing that may help is to feed/water the crickets well for a day (or longer) before using them. The ones that are weak and ready to die will die before they go into the tank. Also, try putting a piece of carrot in the tank when you add crickets... this will give them something to eat and might keep them away from the water. And use a minimal number of crickets, of course, so there aren't simply too many in there.

Even with these suggestions, though, you'll still have to change the water any time a cricket dies in there... this is part of what makes caring for morphs a pain in the neck.
 
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stewart

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How about you hold the crickes with your hand or a clean pair of twezzers.
Thats how i do it with my Axolotl any way.
 

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Crickets are not supposed to be supplied water on a plate or bowl, as they are highly suicidal :tongue:. Instead, lightly soak a sponge with water, clean and re-soak every day or every other day to provide water. They always seem to know exactly what to do. Add more than enough places to hide, such as toilet paper rolls and crumbled newspaper and enough room. Also, have dry food in different places in the kricket keeper, such as dry corn, tortillas, dry bread, etc., otherwise they become cannibalistic.
 

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I do the sponge trick, cuts down on cleaning drstically!
 
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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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    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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    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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    good luck recycling the tank!
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    nevermind! off my game tonight
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    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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    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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