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Old 8th June 2011   #1
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Recently, my axolotl laid eggs (Hooray!). However, she only laid ariund 100, which I understand is not a lot. In addition to this, now one of her gills seems to be turning white. So far, it is a third of the way down the gill. I have dealt with fungus before. (This same axolotl had some) But this does not really look like a fungus. There looks to be no growth of any sort, just the gill is a paper- white. I tried moving her around to see if this would start the blood moving, but there was no success. I decided to quarantine her just to be safe. I really am not sure what to do, or what to diagnose it as. She is still eating

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Have you tested your water hardness? A member recently had this issue as well, and it was due to his having very soft water.

What are your other tank parameters (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate)? What size tank do you have? What kind of substrate? How warm is your tank? What do you feed your axolotls?



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Well, it is a 55 gallon tank. She has two partners, a male and another female. The temperature is around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. There are semi-large rocks on the bottom with live and plastic plants. However, the majority of the bottom of the tank is just glass. They are being fed live nightcrawlers. As far as the nitrates and hardness go, I have no test kit, but I know that my water is harder than normal already, and I have a filter, so the nitrates should be low.



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Everything is better now. I'm not really sure what happened. It may have been the water in the one quarantine tank. Either way, I am going to test my water to see is I can improve it.
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