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Old 14th December 2010   #1
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t Hi there , i have two axolotles , a wild coloured one and a pink.My wild coloured one is quite big , healthy looking and seems to be fine , hes called cesar ;l, where as the pink one , millan, has always been alot smaller .One of my main concerns is that she seems to struggle getting to the top to breath air , its as if she cant make it, she arches her back and rocks , she eventually gets there but it worries me .Has anyone else experienced this , id be grateful for any advice Carole



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Have you got gravel on the bottom of the tank???



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Can you provide a picture of you tank setup so we can help determine if there are any problems that may causing the symptoms you described?



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Hi yes i do have gravel on the bottom of the tank, I cant send a pic of tank set up, but the tank is three foot by one and a half foot, i have it half filled with water , they have plant pots for cover and artificial grass on one side, there a filter which only flows gently , they are fed bloodworm. I was advised not to have a light as it frightens them xx



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Have you always fed bloodworms? They're low in calcium. I suggest adding earthworms to their diet so they get some calcium.

Axolotls are inherently lazy. Sometimes they start for the surface, then kind of give up and sink a little, and then give a big push to gulp air.



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Is the gravel small enough to fit in the axie's mouth? If they're eating bloodworm from the bottom they could be sucking in gravel.



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Thank you for your advice , i wil certainly get some earthworms for them ,, unfortunatly i do think the gravel is to small, i wil clear the tank this weekend and get them some sand x



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