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    Don't feed your axolotls pinky mice

    Discussion in 'Lessons Learned' started by white specter crayfish, Oct 9, 2018.

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      I have seen several people feed pinky mice to their axolotls once they hit 10 inches. I heard that the bones are very soft so the axolotls can pass them fine, and that as long as you feed them no more than 1 every 3-4 months, they will be fine and it may even be beneficial. A lot of people also said that axolotls should never eat pinky mice or guppies that you raise on your own (I have yet to test that out), about a month ago I fed my axolotls (both 10 inches) a pinky mouse and they ate it happily. I didn't notice anything wrong, so I didn't think much of it. Then today while doing a water change, I went to siphon out some poop and there was a hard thing in it, I took it out and examined it and realized it was the skull of the pinky mouse, it took them over a month to digest them. Don't feed your fish (or axolotl in my case) something that takes that long for them to digest
       
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      It didn't take them a month to digest the skull, just to pass it.
       
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      yeah I guess I could have said that, but either way that was pretty bad
       
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      You could always behead the mouse. If the other bones pass easily enough.
       
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      ............. I don't know how I feel about that
       
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      Do they even eat mice in the wild? Serious question.

      Reminds me of people feeding Oscars goldfish
       
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      they might, they mainly eat worms, bugs, and small fish, but they will eat pellets, beef heart, blood worms, shrimp, and other meaty items
       
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      Lol, I don’t care for the idea much myself but if that’s what needs to be fed....
      I’d rather feed worms, bugs, and pellets.
       
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      same, before that I just fed them crickets, worms, pellets, blood worms, brine shrimp, and freshwater shrimp, I think I may start feeding them minnows from a local bait shop (quarantined of course) and ghost shrimp
       
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      Doubt it, they are pretty clumsy and uncoordinated as far as predators go
       
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