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So my three year old golden albino decided he hated food. Just food in general, didn't matter what kind. Long story short he became severely under weight so I removed him from the tank he was in with my other axolotl and eventually got him eating earthworms willingly. Then I came home from work one night and he was floating, kinda ragdoll like, more towards his back end with his limbs just hanging down and unable to sink to the bottom. He was flipping out in the tank and getting really stressed so I followed the fridging guide on here and he's been in there for almost a week. Problem now is that he floats in the morning then in the evening after I massage his stomach he gets rid of a couple bubbles and sinks down to the bottom. By the next morning he's floating again and the cycle repeats. Does anyone know what's going on and how I can make it stop?



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Tank parameters were normal.
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Okay guys, he's been in the fridge for about two weeks and he's still floating. He's starting to roll now if he trys to move too fast. I'm afraid that I'm going to loose him. My axolotl expert isn't answering my messages and none of our vets know what to do. Please give me some suggestions at least on what I can do. I don't care if it might not work but I need to do something.



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hello, im no expert by any means but im very worried about youre little guy and wanted to know if you tried taking him to a vet? (sorry i didnt notice where you said you did) did the vets give you anything?



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I talked to my local vet they don't know anything about axolotls. The closest herp vet is an eight hour drive and I don't think he'd make the trip. He's stopped rolling and isn't floating quite as much. Or at least he's sinking more often but doesn't stay down for long. He is still eat and seems to be excited about it.



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Eating is always a good thing. Have you noticed if he is pooping normally? What are your tank parameters?



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