How to Feed Mexican Walking Fish

Update your knowledge on how to feed Mexican walking fish, a dying species that is a rare pet for any household. Find out here what you need to know about this unique carnivorous fish.
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The Mexican walking fish also comes by the name of Axolotls, which is an interesting fish that doesn't mimic the ordinary features of underwater marine life. It is the larval stage of aquatic salamander and is actually an amphibian. Elongated and flat-headed, this fish literally walks on the sea floor bed, with a set of small beady eyes and delicate feather like gills. Common colors this fish is seen in are gray, albino, black, gold, and brown.
Colorful, delicate in its appearance and quite an interesting pet to have in one's home, the Mexican walking fish is a sight to behold. Taking care of these is easier than a piranha no doubt, although they are of course carnivorous in nature as well. Mexican walking fish are an endangered species, thus making them a rare kind of fish to house in one's aquarium. The reason for their near extinction is the excess of polluted waters in Mexico City and the rise of buildings and other man-made creations.
Owners need to be careful about kids getting too close to these fish, since painful nips and bites from them is quite obvious if a child were to accidentally sink their fingers into the aquarium water. The diet of the Mexican walking fish is easy to maintain, although it can have a big appetite during the warm season. It quickens its digestion rate, making it hungry all over again in a matter of minutes. It is important to keep a stock of food that is meant only for an axolotls, since messing around with its diet could cause harm to the fish's digestive system.
Diet of a Mexican Walking Fish
You'll find out here on what would suffice as part of the axolotl's diet.
Foods to Feed Mexican Walking Fish
  • Trout pellets
  • Beef heart/beef strips
  • Brine shrimp
  • Daphnia
  • Earthworms
  • Feeder fish (these may graze on the axolotls' gills)
  • Bloodworms
  • Vinegar eels
  • Microworms
  • Salmon pellets
  • Waxworms
How to Feed an Axolotl
☞ These fish need to live in temperatures of 12°C or 17°C at the most. The water needs to be pure and free from the inclusion of Chlorine and must fill the tank with a required depth of 15 - 18 cm, which is important for the fish. Avoid placing stones or rocks that are smaller than a Mexican walking fish's head, since these can be ingested and cause severe problems and even death. Add to the water Holtfreter's solution, which is a salt that will help the fish stay clear from any kind of infection.
☞ Mexican walking fish can be fed everyday or every two days depending on the atmospheric conditions, since that will determine their rate of digestion. When they're young, an axolotl tends to eat more, making it okay to feed them everyday when they're at that age. As they grow older, feeding time can be brought down to every 2-3 days.
☞ An axolotl needs to see its food before it makes an advance. Drop its food directly in front of it from a height a little over the surface of the tank water, and let it then swim towards it before it devours the meat. Live bait can be dropped in as well, giving the Mexican walking fish a chance to swim after its prey before catching it; helps it remain active too in a way.
☞ Cleaning up the bits and pieces left over by the axolotl is important, to keep the tank clean and the filters free from anything that could get wedged in. Use a tight-knit net to scoop out any remnants and change the water the fish is in once every two weeks or less depending on how filthy the water gets.
☞ Mexican walking fish may give out gas due to foods containing it, so eliminate this before dropping pellets into the aquarium by firming squeezing them, so that the fish doesn't gas up the tank.
Avoid including other pet fish in the tank for obvious reasons, whether carnivorous in breed or not. It could instigate one fish to fight with another, making it messy and difficult to break up squabbles. These fish are a nice alternative to the usual gold fish bowl or random mini fish in an aquarium, especially if you have a love for the exotic kind of pet fish that are available out there. Be sure to take care of this guy and pertain to its dietary needs, and with care and attention to what it requires you could have this fish on your hands for a good 15 years or more!