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Old 11th April 2019   #1
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My axolotl has gill rot and is not eating, moving, and cannot keep herself upright. I do not think she will make it much longer, but I am really hoping. here is a picture, hopefully this helps you guys to know what is going on https://imgur.com/gallery/ivoUTqA



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My axolotl has gill rot and is not eating, moving, and cannot keep herself upright. I do not think she will make it much longer, but I am really hoping. here is a picture, hopefully this helps you guys to know what is going on https://imgur.com/gallery/ivoUTqA
I would start salt baths ASAP, if you can afford a vet that would also be a good option. How often do you do water changes? Make sure the temp and setup in your aquarium is correct: no strong-flowing water and make sure your water quality is good. I hope your axolotl feels better and I hope that I have helped in some way. Refer to this article for in depth information: http://www.axolotl.org/health.htm




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I have a 20 long with 2 axolotls (the other one is fine), I do a 5 gallon water change weekly, I will start salt baths soon, how long/frequently? The temperature is around 66 F and there is not any strong flow, I run a seachem tidal 110 and a large sponge filter on it. I can't afford a vet unfortunately. Our refrigerator also gets too cold so I can't fridge either.



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"Place the animal in a salt bath for about 10 minutes once or twice a day. A salt bath is prepared using 2-3 teaspoons of salt (table salt, cooking salt, or iodized salt, but not "low" or "low-sodium" salt) per litre/two pints. Don't leave the Axolotl in the salt bath for more than 15 minutes each time, because the salt will start to damage the Axolotl's skin and particularly its gills. Of course, this is all useless if the animal is still under stress when put back in its aquarium (strong-flowing water, high water temperature, bad water quality, etc....)." That's from the health article regarding salt baths, I would definitely like a second opinion from someone else regarding this condition. Is this caused by a fungus or white growth? I can't really tell in the photo. If you know your nitrate, nitrite levels that would also help.



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The tanks nitrites are 0, nitrates right now around 10 ppm. Its not white or anything, it doesnt even look like a fungus, it looks like the gills are starting to rot and die, ill post a pic soon when i get home from school
Edit: got home, going to do a salt bath in about 10 mins, right here is the picture of what she looks like now https://imgur.com/gallery/g0I6nhx




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I just put her in the salt bath and I think she’s died, no movement, no reaction, no gill movements, nothing.




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I just put her in the salt bath and I think she’s died, no movement, no reaction, no gill movements, nothing.
I was hoping it was not too late, I'm sorry to hear about this.



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Thank you for your condolences, ever since I got her I noticed her gills were always curled forwards, but everything was fine so I didn't do anything. She still ate, acted normal, no other signs of anything, now I'm wondering if that was something I didn't catch, now I'm worried about my other axolotl, her gills are really short, but she acts fine, here is a picture of her https://imgur.com/gallery/beUxan5



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