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Old 26th November 2018   #1
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Unhappy New Axolotl, Sick, What to do?

I recently recued a small leucistic axolotl. It is maybe 5 in long but scrawny and missing all his feet. I purchased him from someone who was selling the babies for her friend who had been in an accident and couldnt take care of them anymore. So most likely due to lack of knowledge or space, these babies werent in the best of care. Shipping took 3 days, which I guess I didnt realize, because I thought it was a sort of unspoken rule that overnight shipping is a must. When I got him he was in very little water, the water was extremely dirty from waste, and I dont know the exact temp. But it was definately not cool enough.
Hes very spiratic and stressed most of the time, bumping into walls, extremely frustrated trying to walk with his nubs. But I am mostly worried about his skin. He has tiny red dots everywhere and his tail is very veiny and looks rashy. His skin also looks slighlty yellow but Idk if it just looks that way because my other axie is much more pale.
In the course of three days he barely ate one bloodworm cube and doesnt seem too hungry. Hes pooed at least once a day since Ive had him and doesnt seem to want to eat much. Also, idk if its because he so scrawny, but his chest area looks a little swollen. His gills look less full than my other axies but dont particularly look bad. The have good colour, though veiny, but thats usually notmal for leucistics.

Some other info that may be needed. He is in a 2 gallon tub and gets daily water changes. I started him on a dose of furan-2, half of recomended dose on the box (in proportion to his container size of course) and his params are all good. The ph in my tap water is pretty high, 8.4-8.6, so I have catappa leaves coming in the mail today. I also, just bought black tea bags but was waiting to see how he does. Right now hes in the fridge, put him in there last night and he calmed down. When hes not in the fridge, my house stays at an even 65 degrees farenhiedt, and the tub water usually stays at 63.

These are photos I took a couple days ago, but I am currently stuck somehwere away from hom for a few hours due to snow rn, so I will have to get more recent photos later. I am wondering if there is anything else I can do that I am not doing. Id rather avoud salt baths at all costs and Im not sure theyd help in this situation anyways. Sorry rhe lighting is wierd, also, the furan tints the water.
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