There are a lot of different foods out there that you can feed to axolotl, but we’ll go over some of the best foods to feed them, including the advantages and disadvantages of the food. It should be noted right away that live bait and live food will always prosper over non-live food because this provides activity and stimulation for axolotl.
Night Crawler Worms
They’re very common and easily available in just about any fishing store or pet store that you go to so you aren’t going to have too much trouble finding them. They’ll work in just about any kind of terrain as well, including underwater tanks. However, the only downfall is that they’ll have to be cut up for the smaller axolotl.
They come with a lot of nutrients that are essential to helping your axolotl grow and they’re fairly easy for your axolotl to eat, no matter what the size of them is. However, they’re not recommended for larger axolotl, especially when they become territorial. You can find them just about in most pet stores or on the internet.
While these are high in nutrition and they’re accepted as food by most axolotl, the main disadvantage we’re going to see here is that they can cause allergens for some humans. Also, you’ll find that some of these worms come from water that are less than ideal for axolotl. Also, when they mature, they will turn into insects so while they’re great food, they’re not the most recommended and they’re very rare to find in the US.
Scuds or Daphnia
This food is known to provide bright color and to help develop larvae but the biggest downfall here is that they’re not commonly known and therefore are hard to find. Also, they have to cultured and kept in ideal conditions in order to keep a steady supply of them.
They’re cheap and they’re nutritious but they won’t help your axolotl with their carotene intake levels and they’re inconvenient to keep around. It’s much easier to feed them other worms that are much better in terms of nutrition.
These are generally very cheap and the real only main benefit here is that they’re easy to buy in bulk and easy to store. However, this is not idea for a stable diet because they’re very high in calories and are generally unhealthy for your axolotl. You can feed them to axolotl if you’re on a budget, but they’re not ideal to increase the life expectancy.
It’s easy to find live grubs in a lot of different tackle and bait stores or in pet stores but the real problem with live grubs is that they’ll hatch into annoying insects that may infect your axolotl. So you have to constantly police your tank for any uneaten grub.
The great thing about bugs is not only are they stimulating for axolotl but axolotl will eat just about any type of wild bugs. However, in my opinion, the risk isn’t worth it because they could introduce some harmful chemicals or infections into the rank (it only takes one). Also, any bugs that go un-eaten and that are small enough to slip through a protective screen will get into the house and cause an annoyance or lay eggs.
This is the most common type of food that’s given to axolotl and other reptile because they’re easy to catch and they provide a lot of stimulation for axolotl. However, they’re fast moving, and they’re not ideal for an aquatic environment. They need to be gut loaded or filled with vitamins as well in order to ensure that your axolotl are getting the maximum benefit out of them as well.
There are a lot of different variants of food as well and fruit that people like to feed axolotl but hopefully this gives you a basic idea and rundown of what you should and shouldn’t feed them.