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  • JasPinturas:
    Hello, do axolotls stomachs have bumps that appear and disappear ? Is this normal behavior ?
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  • Angel5950:
    Hello I’m new to axolotl care but I think my brothers axie swallowed a rock got it stuck in his throat because it’s swollen I think I see it in there. How do I help it? It was a gift from a recently deceased friend and I just have a lot of emotional attachment to it. I know the tank isn’t suitable for it and I was gonna change it tomorrow for my brother bday and when I get paid tomorrow.
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  • AMurry24537:
    Since it is so close to the mouth, that is likely the way it will have to come out, but you should definitely take it to a vet in order to avoid causing more damage doing it yourself since, even if you are incredibly careful, the axolotl will NOT like it at all and may hurt itself. In the meantime, get the temperature as low as you can (while still keeping it above 50 F)
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  • AMurry24537:
    And if you haven't already, get him away from the gravel immediately, whether you take it out directly or put him in some kind of tupperware tub with treated water
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  • Angel5950:
    Yeah I put him in a tub last night but he’s lost all color in his gills and I’m afraid he’s going to past
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  • rads:
    hey guys! I'm in need of some help. I'm in the process of typing up a thread, but one of my axies has curled gills and is extremely lethargic. I'm strongly considering fridging at this point as I'm afraid it might be too late already. Took a little bit of food today but was no where near the normal voracious it usually is.
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    thread is up
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  • rads:
    It seems as though my second axie's condition is deteriorating. I can't find anything wrong and I haven't had any other answers yet so I'm going to try fridging and hope for the best.
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  • JasPinturas:
    Hello, I need some help please ASAP. All bets are closed. I just posted a thread
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  • JasPinturas:
    Under sick axolotls
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  • HakuandCoral:
    Do all impacted axolotls float? I'm worried about my two juvenile axolotls as they both have bloated stomachs and I have some plant substrate in my tank. The substrate is very small and breaks apart easity but could this still cause impaction? They are not floating at all and still eat a lot. I've been feeding them bloodworms.
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  • SunnyAxies:
    I have a question, I’m looking into getting one or two Axolotls and I don’t know if I should just get one or get two. Planning to get them as eggs.
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  • CrazyForLotls:
    @SunnyAxies, It honestly depends on how much space you have. Two axolotls in the same aquarium would need a minimum of 30 gallons. (at an adult size) If you end up with opposite genders, you would need two 20 gal tanks. Males and females can't be kept together since they will breed and overbreeding the female is harmful to her body. Another factor would be if you think both eggs would survive. Sometimes axolotls hatch with defects and either die or should be euthanized to prevent them from living an uncomfortable and/or stunted life. It's sad, but it's for the good of the animal.
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Hi guys I need help relatively fast
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    I made a huge error, I’m about to cry because I don’t know why I was so stupid. I decided to clean the sponge and other stuff in my filter while I left the filter running. (I took out the parts in the filter to swish around in dirty tank water). Bc I left the filter running, all the gross stuff at the bottom of the filter filled into my axolotl tank. My tank is like brown now. I was trying to unclog something in my filter cuz it wasn’t running right and idk why I left it on I literally don’t know. I tried to take a bunch of water out snd replace it with fresh water but it’s STILL brown.
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    also my filter is like not running right. It’s not a consistent flow it’s more like little droplets of water. :( I’m so confused
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Is the stuff in my tank gonna harm my lotl? Should I just let the filter clear it up? I’m confused
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  • Toothpickthelotl:
    Seems to be clearing up slightly with the filter running. Axie is okay also no signs of distress or anything
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  • MorganeW:
    Hello! New caretaker of a paddletail who is supposedly 24, and seems to have been poorly cared for. Supposedly was fed earthworms or redworms, but every time I've pet-sat for her, she just chomped at the worm once or twice and left it, to be removed a day or two later. Now I have a bigger, clean tank and have been trying mainly frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp, thawed with spring water and fed with a dropper. She ignores bloodworms, goes for the brine shrimp eagerly, but seems to spit a lot out, and ignore most. I'm not sure I can make myself chop up worms (😳) but I want to help her. She also regurgitated an inch-long, seemingly stiff, straight, dried up bloodworm! I don't even know where that came from!!! All help appreciated. Thank you.
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  • Alyssamuniz06:
    Hello anyone that can help! I’m a breeder and was wondering how to make pellets as well as salmon pellets! I’ve seen some recipes around but they contain crickets which I thought were no good for axolotls because of the chitin. The amount taht I have devours 2 pounds of pellets in a week 😂 so any help would be great. There was another lin las well for two other pellets but I’m not sure if it lets me open it because I am in the Us?
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