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Old 16th May 2012   #1
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Default Dead Axolotl, WHY??

Hi everybody, i am writing in name of a mate from another forum looking for the reason of his death. I hope you can help and understand my basic english

Well, first of all 3 photos of the body:

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The original source is right here (spanish)

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- Leucistic Axolotl, about a year old.
- Temp: 22-23 celsius
- Diet: frozen bloodworms, frozen small fish "pejerrey" from sweet waters, turtle sticks from Tetra.
- The dead axolotl was living with another young and new Axolotl


Background:

- 3 weeks ago, she (the mate of the forum where i came from) bought a couple of youngs axolotls to keep company to the leucistic one she already had. One of them died from bacterial infection 2 weeks ago. Photo here.

-A week ago she found the leucistic axolotl with half of his body out of water, above the filter. She got afraid and she touched it, the axolotl started to swim scared as it's normal.

She thougt that that started the metamorphosis because the caudal fin was changing, but the rest of his body was normal. Photo here

Then, she put in the aquarium another young axolotl (the brother of the one dead of the bacterial infection). Both Axolotls were living normally until the big one (dead leucistic) began to be more active, swimming a lot and on the surface.

2 days later, this monday, he stopped eating and yesterday finally died.

What do you think? Could be a bacteria infection? methamorphosis failure? anything else?

Thank you so much, i hope you can help me. See you!!



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Sry to hear about all the deaths...

Did you test the water? Ammonia poisoning is usually the No.1 Cause for deaths...

Maybe the New axolotls were carrying something nasty and infected the existing Axolotl..



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Hi Spudss, i just asked her and the water levels are O.K. The dead axolotl it's not mine.

Probably, the bacterias that produce "red leg syndrome" are the responsibles. But i would like a confirmation and how to cure it if the another young axolot have the same problem.

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Personally i also make sure the water is extra clean and add a diluted tea tree oil soultion to help prevent infection if i have an injured or sick aquatic animal.. Most Fungal and bacterial infections have cleared up doing this.

Honestly clean water goes a long way in preventing and to help cure these things.

You should show your friend this article, It deal with "red leg"... Axolotls - Health & Diseases



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Thank you, i will take a look at!

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"Temp: 22-23 celsius"

This temperature is way to high for axolotls... Try to keep it around 18 C.



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Thank you for your answer, jasmine



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No problem! Axolotls are more susceptible to diseases when their tanktemperature is higher, so maybe that's why they get a bacterial infection that easily...



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Yes the low temps are very important, but i guess the main problem was the introduction of a new axolotl without spending time in quarantine. So the dead one was infected and finally, decease. Never again!

Now, my mate have cold temps with fans. Everything now is Ok.

Thank you again Jasmine, see you!



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