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Old 30th September 2011   #1
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Default Help please...is this a fungus?

Hey there

I noticed my axies tail wasnt looking right this evening. The females tail is fine but the males (bambino) is the one in the picture...any idea what the white is?

They are around five years old now, golden yellow colour with red gills ...the colour doesnt show up well in the photos.

Thanks

Sarah
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Old 30th September 2011   #2
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Im not sure if it is where the female has taken a bite out of it and its growing back or if it is fungus? Any ideas?



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It certainly looks like fungus.

The axolotls will need to be separated so the fungus doesn't spread to the other axolotl.

The fungus will need to be treated with salt baths - if this could be done in conjunction with fridging this would be the most ideal. The fridge will help relax the axolotl and be a healing balm for him (axolotls love cold water). The cold temperatures will also help the axolotl fight off the fungus.

A guide to fridging: Axolotl Sanctuary

In order to keep the axolotl at a consistent temperature, keep bottles of dechlorinated water in the fridge, as these will be used for both the daily water changes and the salt baths.

Salt Baths:
  • Prepare a tub of fresh water
  • Dissolve 2-3 teaspoons of non-iodized salt such as sea salt, fresh aquarium salt, kosher salt (do not use table salt!) per litre of water. Ensure that the salt is completely dissolved before putting the axolotl in the saltbath.
  • Leave axolotl in salt bath for 10 minutes, but no longer than 15 minutes as the salt will start to damage the axie's skin and gills.

The salt baths will need to be done two to three times a day, make up a fresh bath each time.

While the axolotl is being salt bathed, you can very gently swipe at the fungus with a cotton bud to roll it off. If the fungus doesn't come off though, please don't try to force it.



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Default Re: Help please...is this a fungus?

Hi There

Thanks for the reply. I woke up this morning and it has gone.

He just has the tip of his tail missing and the white stuff is not there anymore.
Not to sure why or what has happened but I am assuming I dont need to do the salt bath but will keep a close eye on them both.

Thanks again



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You're lucky it has dropped off by itself.

Keep an eye out in case it returns.

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make sure you get the fungus blob out of the tank too!



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