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21st January 2014, 18:43
She has always been a super dark GFP Wildtype. She is about 7 inches and has began to lighten up a lot on her lower sides and at the base of her gills. Appetite is normal, activity level is the same, no fuzzy or fungus appearance, no change in environment, water parameters good and stable for a long time, skin texture is consistent, no changes between light and dark areas. any ideas why she is changing color?

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21st January 2014, 19:19
We've seen this before - related threads:
Why is my wildtype losing his color? (http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beginner-newt-salamander-axolotl-help-topics/f48-axolotls-ambystoma-mexicanum/f58-sick-axolotl/66100-why-my-wild-type-axolotl-losing-his-colour.html)
Whats up with this axie? (http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beginner-newt-salamander-axolotl-help-topics/f48-axolotls-ambystoma-mexicanum/f57-axolotl-general-discussion/94842-what-up-axolotl.html)
Interestin colouration (http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beginner-newt-salamander-axolotl-help-topics/f48-axolotls-ambystoma-mexicanum/f57-axolotl-general-discussion/77682-interesting-coloration.html)

The general concensus is that it may be the axie equivalent of vitiligo - a condition where the skin can no longer produce the appropriate pigments.

It's harmless, your axie's health shouldn't be affected. She may well and up looking like a leucistic.

21st January 2014, 19:42
I think the first thing it struck me as was something similar to the white skin patches shown on the sick axolotl page (http://www.caudata.org/axolotl-sanctuary/illness_photos.shtml):


Would you mind posting more images? Are the other axolotls displaying any changes also?

21st January 2014, 22:33
It's photographing a bit whiter than it actually is but here are more pics.

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22nd January 2014, 08:41
The paling in the belly makes me think it's a pigment issue, but a tea bath would help eliminate other causes such as skin irritation.

I think time will tell - please keep us updated.

22nd January 2014, 11:19
What is the temperature in the tank?

22nd January 2014, 12:05
Temp is 65-68


22nd January 2014, 13:29
Does her belly get darker when she's excited (like during feeding time)?