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Old 13th February 2013   #1
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I was getting some water treatment from an aquarium store today and noticed that one of the axies they had didn't look to be in very good shape. Its tail was nasty like it's been nipped at or something. 2 other axies were in with it, in a large enough tank. they had their axies in 25C or 77F water with pebbles. they seem to neglect some of their animals. how bad does the axies tail look to you? only got the 2 pics.
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Old 13th February 2013   #2
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That looks awful makes me so

Did you say something to them? I can't help but speak my mind when I see that kind of mistreatment - how big were the pebbles they were on?

Which pet shop / fish shop was it?
I say name & shame!



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it was at FISHTANK Aquarium, Castle Hill. What's it from? being nipped at?



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Most likely that axie was bred by the major supplier, housed with 900 other axies in a huge tank and nibbled on since it was tiny. It probably doesn't have gills either. I am furious that an organisation is profiting from animal cruelty. It makes me cry when I see them in the pet shop. And the ignorant people in the pet shops actually buy them. I think this is morally outrageous. And, the sickest thing is when the staff say 'actually they are very popular, we sell so many of them'. Pity that so many of their customers aren't even aware that the axolotl is an amphibian that needs its gills. Sorry for the vent. I am angered by this each time I see a pic like this. As for the gravel, a few people have bought my axies after their pet shop ones died from gravel weeks after purchasing them. And they said that they bought gravel as the pet shop had it and they thought it was OK. I have highlighted to them that Caudata members have needed to report these issues to the RSPCA recently due to similar issues. I'm glad you took pictures and thanks for posting them.



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That is abuse at its worst. It needs to be reported ASAP...Follow the guide, and if they complain that their axies arrived like that, tell them that they would be better off contacting a different breeder who is able to provide them with animals of high health and proper information.



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