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Old 24th May 2011   #1
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Recently I've noticed one of my axies tends to float at the top of the water every so often for a short period of time, is this normal or should I be worried? Help please



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Old 24th May 2011   #2
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I dont know but i was worried about my guy too but after a day or two he started to spend more of his time at the bottem!



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Old 25th May 2011   #3
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occasional floating is normal, especially in young axolotls, but if he is doing this over and over again there is a problem, he basically has an upset stomach and could be finding it difficult to do his business.

The best thing to do is put him into a shallow container so he can touch the floor, leave him in there somewhere quiet and dark where no one will disturb him, this is so he won't be stressed. The more relaxed he is the better. once you see he has made a mess in the container he should be ok. If he doesn't you can try rubbing gently on his belly, (just make sure your hands are clean)

I had this same problem last week, i put mine into a shallow container and 2 hours later he was fine.




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Default Re: Is floating normal?

I have to agree with Iarn. Also, my ~5 month old axolotl likes to float a lot. No signs of stress, nothing wrong with the conditions of the Tupperware container that's his temporary home (I change the water every day to every other day depending on how much of a mess he makes), he just does it especially when he's looking for me . I've also noticed that he floats a lot more when he hasn't eaten in about a day or two. Is there a correlation between lack of food and your axolotl floating?



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