What Shrimp Can Axolotls Eat?

Axolotl Care Guide


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Axolotls are omnivores and can eat anything that fits. Worms, insects, salamanders, and small fish are examples.

One of Axolotls’ favorite shrimp is brine shrimp. They can clean your tank and are safe to feed.

Short Answer

Axolotls can eat shrimp-based pellets, which are nutritious and tasty for them. Live food such as earthworms, crickets, and crustaceans are also acceptable. Newly hatched brine shrimp should be free from un-hatched eggs or eggshells to prevent choking and death.

Frequent water changes are also needed when feeding brine shrimp because these have short lifespans. Axolotls thrive on live, pellet, or frozen food. Shrimp, such as baby brine shrimp, ghost shrimp, and red cherry shrimp, can be eaten by axolotls at various stages of their life. However, keeping shrimp in the same tank as axolotls is not recommended as the shrimp can be aggressive and may harm the axolotls. 

Brine Shrimp

Axolotls love brine shrimp because they contain protein, fat, and vitamins. They can be fed frozen or live.

Buying high-quality shrimp from reputable sources is important because they’re tasty and nutritious. Low-quality shrimp may not have the nutrients your axolotl needs and cause health issues.

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Axolotls can also eat frozen bloodworms but can be messy and require extra tank cleaning. They can also leave tiny organisms on your axolotl’s gills, irritating them.

Baby axolotls love newly hatched brine shrimp, but they die quickly. They should only be fed a few hours daily, and their water should be changed frequently.


Earthworms have both male and female reproductive organs, making them hermaphrodites. They produce sperm and eggs by mating with another worm and secreting mucus.

Some internal organs are duplicated in the earthworm’s 150 ringlike segments. Their burrow entrance is sealed by a prehensile prostomium, which they use to sense their surroundings chemically.

Earthworms live in a range of temperatures and humidity suitable for their species. Most prefer 50 to 70 degrees F (10 to 21 C), but some can handle higher or lower temperatures.

Earthworms’ thin, permeable cuticle is covered in a slimy coating that keeps them warm and moist. The clitellum, a thick ring of glandular tissue, produces it. (kly-TELL-um).

Ghost Shrimp

Axolotls enjoy ghost shrimp. They won’t obstruct your axolotl’s digestive system due to their soft shells.

They eat leftover food and other debris, cleaning your tank. They’re fun to have in an aquarium and easy to care for.

Ghost shrimp eat diatoms and algae in the wild. They also eat aquatic weeds, plant matter, and insect larvae.

However, too many shrimp in your aquarium could attract larger fish. It’s best to keep them with peaceful, smaller fish.

Due to their clear bodies, ghost shrimp can also get bacterial infections. Remove the shrimp if you find one of these infections. It can spread to other shrimp in your tank if you don’t. They should be treated weekly with salt and water.

Salmon Pellets

Fish pellets can be part of an axolotl’s diet. Still, they should be amphibian-specific and contain all the necessary vitamins and nutrients. It’s also important to feed your axolotls a small amount of these pellets one or two times a day and ensure they eat them quickly and properly.

Axolotl pellets come in many sizes and colors, so choosing one that fits your pet’s mouth is important. You can choose between sinking and floating varieties to suit your axolotl’s lifestyle.

Salmon pellets are a nutritious protein source for axolotls. These pellets are made from whole herring and Alaskan salmon without artificial flavors or additives. These pellets help your axolotl stay healthy and happy!

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