Axolotls are carnivores and locate food by smell. They enjoy a varied diet, for which you have many options! We suggest changing it up from time to time, axolotls love the hunt of live food but are quite happy to eat prepared food most of the time. Here’s a list of tried-and-tested Axolotl food that will keep your Axolotl in fine shape!
- Pellets are an affordable and convenient food source for axolotls, but be careful to select a pellet designed for carnivores (some pellets won’t contain enough protein and the correct vitamins/minerals). We particularly like the Hikari sinking pellets for Carnivores. These absorb water quickly but keep their shape, so they don’t cause any problems to your axies digestion. Click here to purchase.
- Bloodworms (available frozen or freeze-dried)
- Frozen bloodworms are a popular choice for axolotls, however they can be messy if dropped straight into your aquarium. If you choose bloodworms, you make like to consider a feeding bowl or jar to keep all the worms in one place. Bloodworms are usually sold in a blister pack, and are available to purchase online or from your local aquarium store. Click here to purchase.
- Freeze dried bloodworms are a convenient option, although seemingly less favoured by axolotls. We suggest soaking the freeze dried worms first and then administering them in the same way as frozen bloodworms. Click here to purchase.
- Small pieces of low-fat raw meat.
- Perfect for young Axolotls, these are also known as water fleas! Somewhat similar to brine shrimp, you can purchase the eggs and grow these yourself. Click here to purchase.
- Waxworms. Click here to purchase.
- Brine Shrimp
- Feeder Fish
You may choose to simply drop the food into your aquarium, or:
- Use Tweezers to feed. This provides movement, and also ensures the food is not left decaying in the aquarium for too long.
- Use a food bowl. This keeps all the food to one area and is easier to remove any uneaten food.
Axolotls are suction feeders, and for this reason the choice of substrates are limited (see our housing page for more information). The general rule is, if you are using a gravel use one larger than the axolotl’s head. Otherwise, use very fine sand or go bare-botton.
Hatchlings require a special diet, please read about it here in our ‘raising fry’ section.