The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Store


Axolotl Eggs, Larvae & Breeding Eggs everywhere, how did that happen? Will it be albino or wildtype?



Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 23rd November 2012   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 1
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: AnjaGuller is an unknown quantity at this point
Exclamation Very sick axolotl larvae HELP

Hi there, I'm new to this forum and am in urgent need of help

My partner and I hatched 8 axolotls on October the 4th and now only have 3 left, they're about a month and a half to 2 months old currently and the largest is about 2 inches. We're currently feeding them a diet of mainly blood worms, and sometimes brine shrimp. We keep them in a dark cool area, water is usually 18 - 20 degrees Celsius. We do a 50-75% water change once every 2-3 days but clean them regularly.

Now my problem is that in the past week they're been floating, eating fine but floating and regularly coming to the surface and blowing a bubble. Seeing them floating worried me... At first it seemed like nothing, but then we checked the level of Ammonia 4.0 PPM, which is very high! He told me not to worry and to just do more regular water changes but things only went from bad to worse... They eat very little, the smallest wont eat at all, they're stopped floating but have a huge problem moving, almost like they can't seem to move their legs properly- they go upside down and on their side and seem weak- we've done a 100% water change but nothing has happened... Have they got ammonia poisoning? What can I do to help?

Please help ...

~ Anja + Tim

AnjaGuller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd November 2012   #2
Jason R Davis
Dr0gr1n's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 40
Posts: 214
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Dr0gr1n has given consistently good advice and informationDr0gr1n has given consistently good advice and informationDr0gr1n has given consistently good advice and information
Default Re: Very sick axolotl larvae HELP

I would say your problem is definantly your water quality. When they are that small and eat everyday I change water every day, 100%. Make sure your water is cool and clean though. Make sure there is no chlorine, chloramin, copper, or any other contaminants.

My routine currently as I have 13 or so juvies ranging from 2-4 inches is to clean the tub they are in and feed them a healthy amount of thawed bloodworm, next day same time usually morning or night depends on my schedule I do the same thing. Clean the tub and add fresh clean cool water and food.

If their tub or tank is too small and you are over feeding the little ones that over feed with their waiste will spike those levels. With all the feeding needed at the size they are it makes no sense to me to keep them in a cycled tank because of all the food. Tubs are much easier when they are small. Move them to a cycled tank when they are 5-6 inches and eating less, like 3 times a week or so.

These little guys are tougher than most people give them credit for. I do not test my water, I do not match water temps, I do not do a lot of things everyone sais you are supposed to do.

What I do is use fresh well water everyday that is cold to do my water changes. Keep their water cool and clean and their bellies full and you should be fine.

Jason R Davis : Shepherd, Michigan : Breeding Group of 3 adult Leucistic,3 adult golden albino's,1 adult melanoid female. 12 other adults,10 Juvies and 200+ larvae.
Add to my rep if you find anything I have said useful.
Dr0gr1n is offline   Reply With Quote

ammonia, ammonia poisoning, axolotl, floating, larvae, not eating, not moving, sick, urgent, weak

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Illness/Sickness: Sick week-old larvae (floating, red belly spots)!!! e23ho Axolotl Eggs, Larvae & Breeding 10 2nd December 2011 08:11
Sick/dying tiger salamander larvae theJATM Newt and Salamander Help 9 16th July 2011 02:22
Sick axolotl Monty Byrnes Sick Axolotl? 9 10th January 2011 15:04
Illness/Sickness: HELP!! Sick axolotl?? Drizzles Sick Axolotl? 24 14th June 2009 12:24
Illness/Sickness: My axolotl is sick does anyone know about sickness in axolotl RATBAGKARLY Sick Axolotl? 7 1st December 2008 23:05

All times are GMT. The time now is 04:54.