Axolotl Fridging And Feeding Questions

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My axolotl is very bloated, to the point where he's flipping upside down and his belly is swollen and pale. Poor baby. I need to fridge him badly, but I don't have access to a fridge right now. We're remodeling our kitchen, and we have no appliances. I was thinking about putting him outside in our garage tonight, which isn't insulated and gets pretty cold. I live in Western Washington, near the Puget Sound. The lows are around 49-55 degrees, probably a little warmer in the garage. Is it okay to fridge him out there?

Additionally, I got new commercial axolotl pellets because I now have no freezer to keep bloodworms frozen. I think they might be a little big for my axies, though. My little guys are around 3-4 inches, and the pellets are maybe twice the size of their eyes. They're sort of soft, not crunchy, but I'm still concerned about them swallowing them. Should I cut them into pieces, or will they be fine?
This leads me to another question. (This post is getting long.) My axolotls are about a year old and they're still 3-4 inches. I was expecting them to grow once I bought them at 3 months, but they've barely grown at all. I'm not sure why they're stunted. I feed them regularly on frozen bloodworms. Is this size normal? Should I worry? I really would like them to grow. Is there anything I can do to encourage growth? They eat all the food I give them.
 

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The bloating could be stunting the growth I guess, as all the food is trapped meaning they (possibly) can't digest the food.

Have you tried feeding fresh live worms? Is your tank big enough?
 

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I don’t see a problem with the pellets. Don’t these guys eat things much larger in the wild?
 

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scarface said:
I don’t see a problem with the pellets. Don’t these guys eat things much larger in the wild?
They sure can fit a lot in their mouth, but there isn't many left in the wild :'(
 
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Discus-Tang said:
The bloating could be stunting the growth I guess, as all the food is trapped meaning they (possibly) can't digest the food.

Have you tried feeding fresh live worms? Is your tank big enough?
They live in their own twenty-gallon long aquariums. I tried housing them together, but then one broke the other's leg, and she ended up needing a (very expensive) amputation.
 

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AxolotlAquarist said:
They live in their own twenty-gallon long aquariums. I tried housing them together, but then one broke the other's leg, and she ended up needing a (very expensive) amputation.
Sounds fine. At least the leg will grow back quickly lol.
 
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