View Full Version : Illness/Sickness: Dexter and I need some advice...

19th May 2011, 09:03
My Axolotl, Dexter (six or seven months old), has been rather poorly of late.
Around two and a half weeks ago he was off his food, lost his gill filaments, was stressed out (curled tail tip) and generally grumpy.
This seemed to pass and was replaced by fungus, Dexter has eaten very little since.
I was prescribed 'Melafix' at the local pet shop after taking a water sample along and being told everything was fine. I googled 'Melafix'
whilst in the pet shop (the wonders of modern technology) and noted it was listed as safe on the axolotl.org website so I bought it.
I treated the water with this for the recommended time but there was little improvement.
After going to a more specialised aquatic centre I was prescribed a medicine containing malachite green, luckily I've been doing
my research so after expressing my dissatisfaction I didn't buy the stuff.
I have since been giving Dexter daily salt baths and keeping him in the fridge, I was somewhat nervous about doing this to begin with
but after the bad experience at the aquatic centre I decided it was my only option.
He improved over the first few days, the fungus was mainly behind the gills and on the last inch of the tail, it more or less went after two
salt baths. Yesterday evening I noticed that the tail looks off again, more fungus (not as much as before) has come back, also Dexter
seemed very distressed in the salt bath last night, flipping around and spinning. Not nice to watch. He settled once back in his clean fridge water.
This gills look much better, a little on the small side but signs that the filaments are coming back.
Should I continue with the salt baths? He's had four now, due his fifth later. Should I just keep on salt bathing and keeping him in the fridge until
everything looks normal?
I'm going away in a week and whilst I'm confident my friend can keep on top of feeding and tank maintenance I'd rather not burden him with
the fridging procedure, also Dexter will have been in there over two weeks by the time I get back. I'd be happier knowing he's in his tank.
I've read about Mercurochrome being used (axolotl.org) does anyone have any experience of this? I'm thinking maybe I could reintroduce
him to his tank and medicate this way.
I'm fairly confident that Dexter isn't on deaths door, he certainly hasn't lost his character, but I'd sooner have him eating and in his tank whilst
I'm not around., I appreciate he is unlikely to obey my wishes however, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

19th May 2011, 12:22
I've never done salt baths, but from what I've read, they're meant to be continued for a few days after the fungus had completely disappeared.

19th May 2011, 17:17
With fridging, if you can get a larger container for Dexter, maybe an ice cream bucket or something, your axolotl-sitter wouldn't have to change water as often.

20th May 2011, 01:06
Mercurochrome is a anti bacterial thing not a treatment for fungus. It wont heal the fungus but it will help with infection(if there is one). I have used mercurochrome but it wasnt a happy ending.:(.

23rd May 2011, 09:48
Thanks for the replies.

Unfortunately Dexter passed away this morning. I'd rather that than watch him suffer but suffice to say he will be missed.

23rd May 2011, 10:25
I'm sorry to hear of your loss :(