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Old 11th May 2009   #1
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Default My axolotl has white bubble looking things on his head and behind gills, fungus?

It looks like air bubbles stuck to his head and behind his head. Is he sick? He eats normally. I have noticed him flicking his gills fairly frequently though. My other axolotl doesn't have any bubbles and is normal. There is a turtle island to prevent flow and water temperature is 61-62 F

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He moved so I could take some better ones... He does appear to have some sort of fungus? What do I do?



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Hi Mistari,

I can't say definitively yes or no to fungus but it looks like a growth of some kind, fungus tends to be fluffy. In the first photos your axolotls gills are pointing forward which either means you caught it mid gill flick or it is stressed. There also seems to be alot of waste in the tank.which can lead to high ammonia levels.

Great looking axolotls though beautiful lush gills



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Default Re: My axolotl has white bubble looking things on his head and behind gills, fungus?

I'll try vacuuming out the poop...I did it the other day but they decided to poop all over the place again . I wonder what it is, if not a fungus? He is eating normally.




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Default Re: My axolotl has white bubble looking things on his head and behind gills, fungus?

Hi Mistari,

What aeration do you use in your tank? Would you be able to zoom in/ enlarge the image or take a close up photo of the white patches? I can't see them clearly.

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Default Re: My axolotl has white bubble looking things on his head and behind gills, fungus?

Hi,

at the last photo there could be a fungus at his left gills, but Im not sure.

A silly question: you use fine sand on the ground. Could the white patsches only be sand?

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What aeration do you use in your tank? Would you be able to zoom in/ enlarge the image or take a close up photo of the white patches? I can't see them clearly.

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I got as close in as I could

Tina I don't think it's sand, I thought the same thing initially..



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Default Re: My axolotl has white bubble looking things on his head and behind gills, fungus?

I came home today all those little bubble things were gone- LOL! phew!!! Rest easy y'all!!



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Hi Mistari,

thats excellent news



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Default Re: My axolotl has white bubble looking things on his head and behind gills, fungus?

good news!

Some months ago, I was shocked, because my melanoid looked the same way as your axie. I wanted to quarantine him and when I took him out of the water, all the white things were fallen off. Then I recognized that it only has been sand.

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Default Re: My axolotl has white bubble looking things on his head and behind gills, fungus?

Their gills are pretty big which usually indicates low oxygen levels. How do you give them air? If you have a pump then make sure it disturbs the water... disturbed water gives oxygen to the water.
Also as someone else pointed out, their gills are bent forward which is a sign of stress. Try to figure out what causes that :)



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Default Re: My axolotl has white bubble looking things on his head and behind gills, fungus?

I've been trying to figure it out. I'm thinking maybe they get too much light so I'm going to get them a cave.



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