Axolotls primarily eat worms and insects. Sub-Adult and Adult Axolotls thrive on a diet of earthworms while juveniles and babies will have a varied diet to to their small size and amount of growing they need to do.
- Hatchlings – Freshly hatched baby brine shrimp, live daphnia or microworms (not recommended). Feed twice daily.
- Babies (when legs start to develop) – Live blackworms (has the most nutrition), frozen brineshrimp or bloodworms. Feed twice daily.
- Juveniles (3-6inches) – Live blackworms, pellets, Repashy gel food (Meat Pie or Grub Pie formula), small earthworms (you might need to cut them up), frozen bloodworms (should be as a treat or supplement only). Feed daily.
- Sub-Adult & Adults – Earthworms, Repashy gel food (Meat Pie or Grub Pie formula), pellets, feeder guppies, ghost shrimp. Feed every other day or 3 times a week.
How to make Repashy worms
Foods to avoid:
Red Wigglers – These earthworms (commonly sold at PetSmart and Petco, honestly I don’t know why) secrete a defense slime when threatened. Axolotls will spit them out or even regurgitate them after eating. They aren’t harmful but they are gross.
Feeder Goldfish – Sadly, feeder goldfish tend to carry parasites so I would avoid feeding them to your axolotl.