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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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    Hi I'm a bit worried about our axolotl Berry she's approx 4 months old . She had a big meal yesterday of blood worm and today is very restless she's been swimming around all day and trying to get to the top sometimes not making it. Her tummy does seem really full even though she has had 2 poops . There's no gravel in her tank she's on sand . My water seems fine
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    Hey y’all! So I just had a quick question. I had a well established cycled tank. I added in a sand substrate that I had previously had in the tank (when it cycled the first time). It recycled and everything was golden. As I was re-adding it I noticed a smell to it but figured it was just “fish” smell. I also have a cat. Long story short, I think the cat managed to find the sand, pee in it, and because I was already suspicious I tested my tank just in case a few hours later to find my ammonia 2.0! I pulled my axolotl out and have done a 75% change. Prior to sand earlier today ammonia was 0. So do I add the ammonia blocker or stick to water changes?
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    The tank should be cycled but I believe the sand added too much ammonia that normally wouldn’t be an issue. So I’m thinking ammonia block for the next few days, but then won’t the ammonia just sit there since it can’t be processed? The safer bet is always going to be water changes I know,
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    i have no words, honestly. this is like the time i accidentally dropped a worm in the sink and it was never heard from again, just a big “whoops” that i don’t know how to fix— my best advice//what i’d personally do is remove the sand entirely, remove all water, keep the filter media, and just recycle while your axie is tubbed. the sheer amount of ammonia in car urine is insane, and i’m impressed your axolotl survived
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    It was within the span of maybe two hours at most lol. I’ll do that and I have a second tank with lotls in it that has just enough room to temporarily keep them in it. I read up on it and decided to dose with ammo lock since it’s not a cycling tank and was cycled already along with water changes.
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