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Sick Axolotl? Axolotl looking down in the gills? The doctors are in.

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Default Kimchee has trouble swallowing

Kimchee (who is probably about a year old and female by my best guess) suddenly lost her insatiable appetite a little more than two weeks ago. She's been eating very little (essentially nothing) and seems to have trouble swallowing. She doesn't hunt for her favorite pellets anymore, but will still snuffle around for bloodworms, though she usually struggles for awhile and then coughs them out. She doesn't seem to be getting thin or bloated, but her activity level has been dropping over the last week too, and she hides out in her cave more often than not.

Do you think she might have something stuck in her throat, or has some other internal injury that might keep her from swallowing? Any advice for how to help her? I saw some other posts like this one that made me think a trip to the fridge might be good... I'd hate to put her in the fridge if it isn't likely to help her, but I'm also willing to try.

Also, how do her gills look to you? I think it might be my imagination, but it seems like they're less feathery than before, and that has me a little worried. Thanks everyone... I love my little Chee so much.

P.S. The bloodworms in the picture were ones I just added. Water parameters seem ok: no ammonia or nitrites, nitrates are a little under 40, pH is around 7, and temperature is her usual 63.
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It's been about three weeks now, maybe a little more... she still ignores the pellets. Tries to eat a few bloodworms but still coughs them back out. I'm worried about my little friend... :C



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