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30th May 2008, 07:46
Please help. We have had our axel for about 2 weeks and until 3 days ago he was doing well. He then lost his three feathers/gills on the right side and is now starting to loss them on the left side. There seems to be a white fungal substance where his gills were. He has also now not eaten for two days. we took a sample of his water to the pet shop where we purchased him and they tested it saying that the water was fine.


30th May 2008, 08:08
Hi Rhys,

What temperature is the tank water? High Temperature is a main contributer to fungus.

What size is the tank? What type of filter do you have? Is the filter out take making a current in the water? Axies are stressed by water flow - stress causes fungus as well as temperature.

Did the petstore test for ammonia/nitrite? What were the readings?

Has the tank been cycled?

If he has fungus, you will need to do salt baths to treat it:

Prepare a tub (ice cream container will do) of fresh dechlorinated water: Dissolve 2-3 teaspoons of salt per litre of fresh dechlorinated water, leave axie in bath for about 10 minutes - no longer than 15 minutes though - this should be done twice to three times a day.

Cheers Jacq.