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worms and axolotls

Neotenic_Jaymes

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I my axolotls never eat worms dont know why? Is it that they only eat certain kinds of worms? Even chopped up worms they wont take them. Through all the years I've had axolotls they have refused the worms almost all the time. Worms I use are store bought.
 

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My adults at first where very reluctant to eat worms at first, they had only ever dined on non livingfood and dried food.When they first tried them they clearly disliked the worms wriggling around their faces and mouth, but in time they got used to it. I needed to be quite persistant in getting them to eat the worms, now mine have live worms as their main diet. The larvae that I raised where only introduced to pellets because I wanted them to be able and happy to eat what ever their new owner prefered, but their main food is chopped worms. My worms come from our compost bin so I have a ready supply for my brood.
 

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My axolotls eat mostly worms, however there is a spot in my garden I took some worms from once and they spat them out when offered. This part of my garden had different soil to the rest and it had obviously affected the taste.
 

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Did your axies ever try to eat them and spit them out? A lot of pet stores sell red wriggler worms, or Eisenia fetida which secrete rather foul tasting/smelling compounds. This could be why your axies don't like them. If you can try to buy Canadian night crawlers instead next time you feed your axies.
 

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Some earthworms shed a bitter tasting secretion (usually species "Eisenia"), but when you bought them at a shop they will be Dendrobena I presume - these should be fine.
Nevertheless, these worms, too, shed some secretion (yellow drops).
In my experience it is best to put the worms in a glass with water for some seconds / minutes before feeding them to the axolotls so some of the bad taste will be washed away.

edit: okay, if they sell Eisenia in the US that might be the problem...just read the post of Abrahm
 
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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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  • JulMl:
    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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  • Asmold1:
    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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  • JulMl:
    Thank you so much !!
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  • Asmold1:
    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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  • tammyaxie:
    Where can I get blackworms?
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  • John:
    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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  • noahc808:
    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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