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Old 27th June 2017   #1
Erynn Champion
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Default Ammonia Burns and Stress

I am a new Axolotl owner and could really use some advice. My little guy is about 2-3 inches long and I got him a few weeks ago. I noticed some red coloration on his gills that wasn't normal so I contacted the person I purchased him from and they told me it was ammonia burns. I tested my water and it did come out a bit high so they recommended I put him in a dish with fresh dechlorinated water. I did so and he seemed to react worse (he threw up and was swimming frantically) and when I tested that water, it came out high as well. Not as high as the tank water but between .25 and .5.

He's still eating and doing his business but I can't figure out how to lower the ammonia enough to where it doesn't bother him. I've tried water changes and it comes out high and I've also tried using pellets to reduce it. The pellets helped a little but it's still high. Any tips are greatly appreciated!



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