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

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Old 14th January 2005   #1
jamie
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Hi, haven't been here in a while but its great to see all the helpful advice!

I recently got a new axie (gold/yellow), about 2weeks ago and yesterday i was surprised to see that he turned almost white, gills which are usually red included. I thought that he was dead until i poked him with my finger. He was still moving ok, but would stop as if playing statues. Anyway as worried as i was, i was just glad that he was still alive and moving. Some colour returned during the afternoon however he was still very pale. When i got up this morning it was if nothing had happened.I noticed this before but not so drastic, hardly noticeable even...very strange.

I guess my question is, what would have caused such a dramatic fade in colour? Any suggestions??

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Thanks for any help.
Jamie



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Old 14th January 2005   #2
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im not sure, but i read somewhere that the gills turn white when theyre sleeping. but dont know about the rest of the body. i know that lecy ones go pink if they are stressed.



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Old 14th January 2005   #3
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thank you for that but it looked as if he had died (as if it was from fungus).

The colour has returned now and he seems fine, so i guess i shouldn't worry too much.



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Old 14th January 2005   #4
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I remember reading in the book "Axolotls" by Scott that axolotls can sometimes have temporary anemia (lower than normal number of red blood cells). I don't remember the cause but I don't think it was a serious problem. If I can get to the book and back to a computer I'll let you know for sure, but it may not be for a few days.



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Old 15th January 2005   #5
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Any chance the tank was unnaturally very hot or very cold?

Colour often fades from gill in temps as low as 14 C and lower



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Old 16th January 2005   #6
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The tank would have only been 1-2 degrees hotter than usual.



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Old 31st January 2005   #7
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hi Jamie.

I also have a golden albino. He ranges from a orangy/gold colour (when he was younger) to a yellow/gold colour at present.
quite often, he looks very very pale like a pale yellow, his gills lose their red colour and look pink, his tail looks almost white, this is usually when he is quite still. we presume this is when he sleeps.
when he is active his skin and gill colour deepen.
after a feed, he becomes a deep orangy/yellow and his gill look like fire.

peter.



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