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Default Is my Leucistic Axolotl suffering from Red Legs Syndrome?

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This is my first time posting here. Unfortunately, the Axolotl Facebook Group and Axolotl Reddit hasn't been helping me whatsoever with my potentially sick axolotl. Anyways, I just became a new Axolotl owner a month or so ago. Everything has been going fine, until my axolotl, named Skippy, jumped out of my hands when I changed him to another tub, it took a one foot drop onto the ground last Saturday. Skippy's tail was the only part of his body, that was oozing blood. He seemed to have recovered from the accident, as he was happily eating blood worms the next day. But this has drastically changed, Skippy's entire body has become pale as a ghost. I know a lot of people say it's a lack of blood flow, due to being inactive, but Skippy has been pale for a few days now, although Skippy has been eating normally.



As of yesterday, I became ridden with anxiety when I noticed Skippy's back legs had red spots, but it seemed the red spots disappeared in a few hours, so my eyes might be deceiving me.



In regards to Skippy's housing conditions, I've been keeping him in tubs for the time being, with 100% dechlorinated daily water changes, treated with API Stress Coat, the water temp stays at 60F, until my aquarium fully cycled. Unfortunately, my fish tank got a crack in the bottom, so the water started to leak. And due to limited financial resources from being a full time college student, I have to keep Skippy in plastic tubs, until I can afford an aquarium.



Regardless, does my axolotl seem to have red leg syndrome? And if so, what can I do? Thank you!
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From the photo and your description I think it is okay but red leg should be diagnosed from a vet with caudate experience. If you're able to get to one it's your best choice. The redness could just be a small injury from falling but it's hard at this stage to say. How much is he swimming around? The cooler water will make him move around less thus be more pale than you may be used to. If you can bump the water up a few degrees it might bring some colour back.
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From the photo and your description I think it is okay but red leg should be diagnosed from a vet with caudate experience. If you're able to get to one it's your best choice. The redness could just be a small injury from falling but it's hard at this stage to say. How much is he swimming around? The cooler water will make him move around less thus be more pale than you may be used to. If you can bump the water up a few degrees it might bring some colour back.
What size plastic tub is he staying in?

Thank you for the quick response. He's been dormant/lazy for a few days, but he started becoming active again today. Although I've noticed he's been walking on the bottom, more than he is actually swimming. As for the tub, I've been housing him in two gallon dishpan tubs. The ambient temperature for Skippy's water, in the basement, has always been 60F, his gills were originally vibrant in color, even at this temperature. This is what my axolotl looked like a month or so ago.
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Okay the tubs sound great for the meantime. It is okay to keep it tubbed as long as you need to, just change the water daily. I've also seen people use airstones to keep aeration in the water though I have not done this myself.
Watch the leg for further redness. From pictures I have seen there will be a significant amount of red on it, very noticeable compared to the other legs.
Hope you see some progress soon, keep me updated!



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Okay the tubs sound great for the meantime. It is okay to keep it tubbed as long as you need to, just change the water daily. I've also seen people use airstones to keep aeration in the water though I have not done this myself.
Watch the leg for further redness. From pictures I have seen there will be a significant amount of red on it, very noticeable compared to the other legs.
Hope you see some progress soon, keep me updated!

Will do, I'll keep you updated! Thanks for the help.



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Okay the tubs sound great for the meantime. It is okay to keep it tubbed as long as you need to, just change the water daily. I've also seen people use airstones to keep aeration in the water though I have not done this myself.
Watch the leg for further redness. From pictures I have seen there will be a significant amount of red on it, very noticeable compared to the other legs.
Hope you see some progress soon, keep me updated!
Skippy's color has returned, his gills are just as pink as they originally were! In regards to the red spots, they've disappeared. Thank you for the help, Hayley!



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