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I have been thinking about different types of food to get for my red-spotted newts, and I would very much love a food that I can 100% rely on and know that if I put it in the tank, it will be eaten. I have been recommended frozen foods. Would this be a good choice for my species? If so, what would be the best type?
 

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If you're just trying to get picky eaters to start eating, frozen bloodworms are a great choice. There are also live foods that survive indefinitely in the tank, so you won't have issues with decaying food; these include daphnia, cyclops, scuds, blackworms, bloodworms, baby shrimp, etc.

However, none of these are nutritionally complete. You should offer your newts a varied diet. There's always a chance they'll refuse certain foods. You just have to offer them and see, and be ready to clean the uneaten food out if necessary.
 

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I've already got live blackworms which they love. I'll try to get some frozen bloodworms or something like that. Thanks!
 

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Well the only one out of that selection I have tried is the blackworms which they take to pretty well. I guess I could try frozen bloodworms or daphnia. I've seen them at pet stores in the freezers. I'll pick some up later. Thanks!
 
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    My three inch axolotl was having trouble pooping up to a few days ago. I wasn't feeding her as often because I was scared I would just add to her constipation. I fridged her until she pooped (twice), and then began to feed her around 6 bloodworms every other day. she's been pooping everyday now, but she's at that age where you can see through her stomach and I always see poop ready to come out but has not yet passed. I don't think she's constipated anymore, but I'm not sure and i don't want to over or underfeed her... any advice?
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    Feed it chopped worms chitoos, its big enough and bloodworm is nutritionaly deficient.
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    Freeze dried , live or frozen bloodworm.
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    Oh ok thanks! I thought she might be ready for something more. do you have any advice about the apparent poop problem?
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    Feed it more, six bloodworm isnt much, dont use freeze dried foods
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    Feed daily , remove uneaten food
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    Gotcha, Thank you!
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    Its probably not pooping because its hardly beign fed, it pooped in the fridge because the lower temp caused it to purge itself. If it stays constipated you can pm me
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