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Sick Axolotl? Axolotl looking down in the gills? The doctors are in.

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Old 27th December 2005   #1
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Her is a picture of my axie with a otto-fish stuck in her mouth! It seams the fish's head is stuck in the gills! The tip of the tail is comming out of her mouth. Shes been like this for about an hour! What shal I do???

Can I help her in any way?
She is flapping her gills alot...

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Old 28th December 2005   #2
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maybe u can try and gently pull the otto fish out with tweezers from the mouth, and maybe at the same time gently try to push the otto in from the gill.
Or just leave it as the fish will eventually breakdown, and then it maybe easier to pull out...
If i were in ur position i would try that.



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Old 29th December 2005   #3
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Craziest thing happened! I had 3 ottos in the axie tank. One got "eaten". I had two left in the tank. Then, today, I had three again! The fish must have been alive for all those hours, trapped in the axie's mouth! 'Couse now there are three happy ottos swimming around, munching algae....



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Old 29th December 2005   #4
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LOL too funny Click the image to open in full size.
I bet the otto that was stuck, is telling the other two a great story :P



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Old 29th December 2005   #5
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lol, that was lucky! im supprised the otto lived that long in an axies mouth! any signs of teeth marks? i know axies dont have sharp or big teeth.



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Old 29th December 2005   #6
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This is why we don't recommend species mixing. Sharp-spined fish can impale in your axolotl's throat and kill it, so you've then lost the axolotl and the fish.



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Old 29th December 2005   #7
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The otto had a little mark on it's nose, but nothing more.

Are ottos sharp-spined?



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Old 29th December 2005   #8
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I'm not sure; it's just something to keep in mind. Also, you might want to try adding more hiding spots, where the otos can get away from the axolotls. Maybe some really small spots where the axolotls don't fit. How traumatic for the oto... (although I am giggling).



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Default Re: HELP! Is this seriuos?

This has happened to mine a few times. Most of the time he spits it back out though.



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