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Old 15th May 2012   #1
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Default Weird Specks on Axie's Tail/Body

Got a baby axolotl on the 28th of last month, and I've been noticing some strange white/clear speckled patterns on its tail mostly, but some are showing up on its sides and head. I thought it might have just been something that happens as it gets bigger and grows limbs but it definitely looks too abnormal now. There is a slight greenish tinge on the tail and the feet as well. Could it be a fungal/bacterial infection or ich?

I just removed a cave from the tank that had been building up some slime since I bought it -- cleaned it off several times but it kept coming back. I asked around pet stores and looked online to see if anyone knew of the problem but the only thing they could come up with was either bacteria or algae -- except the slime on the cave was clear/white and not greenish like I've seen described.

The only tankmates I have are a sea snail for cleaning (it or a live plant I put in the tank spawned several more snails), and 4 ghost shrimp. I don't think the shrimp could have caused the axie's problem because I've seen the symptoms before I bought them. I have black Supernaturals Carib Sea sand for substrate -- which the axolotl has no problem digesting if it does consume any.

There are some specks on the inside of the aquarium glass as well, which I mistook for water smudges on the outside.

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Default Re: Weird Specks on Axie's Tail/Body

Your axolotl is a very pretty little albino, and looks completely normal. The speckles are called iridophores.



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Your axolotl is a very pretty little albino, and looks completely normal. The speckles are called iridophores.
Thank you for your reply! I did notice the same pattern in some adult albinos, maybe because mine is so young and transparent it stands out more? What about the green tinge on the tail/feet? Is that normal or is it a sign of too much algae?




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