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Old 29th August 2007   #1
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Default Slightly strange behaviour

hey all, i dont normally post on here, although i do follow most of the discussions as they are an invaluable tool.

Over the past 4 days one of my axies, Lini, has developed some peculiar behaviour. I have had her for two years now and have always had a bubbler in her tank, which has been buried under the sand and running constanly since i put sand on the bottom around 4 months ago. Recently shes become a little obsessed with the bubbler, constantly sitting over it or with her head in it trying to bite the bubbles, to the point where i was concerned that she would give herself bloat and turned it off. At this point, lini went crazy for about half an hour, swimming frantically around the tank until i turned it back on.

Apart from my little narrative about her behaviour, what i am really worried about is she seems to be digging or biting the sand around the bubbles and swallowing a lot of sand. Is this in any way harmful to her? Whilst i know that sand is small and should pass easily, im worried about impaction with the amount of sand she appears to be eating. If this poses no risk im happy to let her continue in her own little deluded world.

Thanks all, im sure its nothing to worry about :)



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Old 29th August 2007   #2
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It sounds to me like she is happy in her little deluded world ( much like me I suppose..must get my self a bubbler ), it sounds to me that she is trying to hunt/ dig out the little beastie that blows bubbles at her.



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Sounds like she's just enjoying her toy.

The thing with sand is that even if some is ingested, its small enough to pass through without causing blockage. As far as them swallowing air bubbles, they usually burp these up too.



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Hehe your post reminded me of the yellow tang fish from Finding Nemo. The one that yells out 'Bubbles!' every time the bubbler goes off! Your axolotl sounds so cute :)



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