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Sick Floating Bloated Juvenile Axolotl

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Unhappy Sick Floating Bloated Juvenile Axolotl

My poor little juvenile axolotl is floating upside down and having problems swimming, he has bubbles in his stomach, they don't let him get to the bottom for too long. I have tried the fridging method for a couple of days, it kind of works, then it just goes back to being bad again. I haven't fed him too much, should I be feeding him at all? How long can they go without eating? I think hes around 2 or 3 inches... Pleeeeaaaaaasseeee Help, I just want him to be alright, I am extremely worried : ( I use spring water for him.



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I hope someone with more experience can help you... but did you lower the water level? I hope he gets better

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When my axies were that young, I had one that would float if he didn't eat enough. I would actually increase the amount of food he is getting. What are you feeding him and how often?



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I agree with Maghan. Floating upside down is normally a sign they're not eating enough so I'd gradually increase the amount of food you feed. Worms are one of the best foods as they can get full quite easily on 2 or 3 medium sized ones plus they prevent the tank from getting mucky :)

PS A very well fed axolotl can survive for around 3 weeks without food, from what I remember.

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I feed the axie freeze dried bloodworms. How much should I be feeding then? It's like two to three inches, I feed it a couple of bloodworms every 2-3 days.. If he gets very active when I feed him, is that a sign that I really am not feeding enough? :||



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You shouldnt be feeding them freeze dried anything. There is like 0 nutritional value to them. Id recommend going out and getting frozen bloodworms. Maybe 1/4 to 1/2 a cube a day for your axie.



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Oh and he should be getting fed AT LEAST once a day, twice if you feel like he is still hungry, you cannot overfeed a juvenile axolotl they will eat till they cant fit anymore. Your problem may be the food you feed him and the frequency in which you feed him.



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Omg sorry for posting a third time but i didnt read your first post. Air bubbles in their stomach can mean many things. Do you age you dechlorinated watwr at least 24hours before using it? This can get the axie to swallow bubbles. However i am leaning more towards he isnt getting enough food to push the bubble out.

And one thing do not put your axie in the fridge again! He is way to small and it can do way more harm to him then benefit. Just lower the water so he isnt so stressed out about floating, and find the coolest spot in the house for him. Not the fridge!



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