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    What will they be??

    One of my favorite girls "Gecko" started laying today. She's an olive wildtype, but has red gills. She's bred with my white leucistic "Whitey", who also fathered my other babies. Interestingly, the eggs are half white/half black. I thought wildtypes laid black eggs that turned white as they...
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    Budget 4 Tank Rack

    With my 300 babies getting bigger, I've needed more tank space and have been looking out on ebay etc for a deal. With the minister for finance (and war) getting a bit concerned about my spending and the fact that the garage is turning into an aquatic center, it had to be a GOOD deal. I turned...
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    My babies at 10 days

    I've been nursing these guys for the last 10 days, and haven't got around to taking any pics. The parents were both white leucistics, unrelated. I'm guessing I've got about 300 in total in 3 different flavors, approximately 100 of each. 1. White Leucistics. 2. Wildtypes or darker...
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    Stimulating appetite in fry

    This is my first batch (300) of fry so I don't claim to be an expert, but I may have stumbled onto something by chance. They're 3-4 days old now, and I was ready with both BBS and microworms. I'd read that the BBS was the best for them, so I've only fed that to them, but have found that they...
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    Australian Daphnia

    Today my sons and I rode quad bikes to a reasonably remote little waterhole on our farm to try and harvest daphnia. This waterhole is fed from a rainforest mountain and never runs dry. It has duckweed and another weird surface plant I've never seen before, and if you don't disturb the muddy...
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    The Elusive Copper Axolotl

    Hi All, This topic comes up from time to time, but it's fun and it's been a while. Who out there in Australia (and elsewhere) has a real copper axolotl? They are a fantastic color, and for some reason mostly in Australia and Germany?? The closest I've got is an olive spotted female with red...
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    Different way to hatch eggs

    With all the eggs I have at the moment, I'm getting ready to move them. I have a couple of those "fry cages", the small rectangular frames with mesh net around them and suction cups to stick them to the sides of the aquarium. Would there be a problem with putting all my eggs into one of them...
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    Game on??

    Did a major tank clean and redecorate yesterday, along with an approximate 40% water change. Added some extra hides and plastic plants as well. Very next morning I came out to find these spotted around the tank: They look like spermaphores to me, but have unfortunately been laid and...
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    Age limit before breeding.

    I'm aware of the recommended 18 months minimum age before breeding, but is it a recommendation or a hard and fast rule? The reason I ask is that I suspect I have two 10-12 month old females who are full of eggs. With a recent cold snap that has seen my tank temps fall from 18 deg (with chiller...
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    De Lousing Wild Caught Live Food

    Is there a basic generic chemical that wild caught feeder fish could be treated with during their quarantine? I've had to set up an automatic pellet feeder while I was out of town, but what I would have like to have done is had a scoop full of the Gambusia that are absolutely infesting the...
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    Using Bunnings Sand in Australia

    I was hoping a fellow Aussie will help me here. I'm looking at using sand in my 2 large tanks, I'm well aware not to use gravel (despite what the LFS told me today). In my four footer I have used well rinsed beach sand which has been really good, but I don't want to cart the kinds of amounts...
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    Scored!

    While it's not set in stone yet, I may have secured a large part of a fish breeders room at a nice price. I'll know for sure tomorrow, and then delivery would be Monday. It's four 6x2x2 tanks in two double tiered racks, that will fit perfectly down one wall of my garage/storeroom. They are...
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    Badly bitten leg

    Sadly one of my smaller lotls has had its leg badly bitten. He's smaller than the rest and it was possibly bad judgment to put him in there, but the tank's pretty big and all has gone well till today. The leg is still attached but looks to be wrecked and just hanging behind him. He's actually...
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    Optimum TDS?

    I've done some searching but can't find a solid answer for this question... Does anyone know the sweet spot TDS (total dissolved solids) reading in PPM (parts per million) for axolotls? I've used these meters extensively through work, and would like to get one to check my tank, as my API...
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    Setting up my new tank.

    Hi All, I'm in the act of setting up a new tank for my son, so he can have some axolotls. Before I found this forum I had already filled the bottom of the tank with rocks and gravel. I want to have plants, so I've gone through picking all the smaller rocks out by hand and left only stuff...
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    Hi All

    Hi, I'm in the mid north coast of NSW, Australia. When I was a little kid I had an Axolotl that lived about 7 years and grew into the biggest one I have ever seen even to this day, about 30-35cms long. I unwittingly broke all the rules, had him on gravel, feed him all sorts of critters...
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  • Lonewolf:
    ?? I’m new owner to the type of fish
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  • Lanalotl:
    Hi I recently rescued a lotl (i did weeks of research before rescuing) Hes mabey 5 or 6 years of age..the previous owner could not remember the exact age of him. I got him from her as he was or had been picked on by his tank mate another lotl who was bough with him from every younger age, I noticed one of his gills, a middle one at the end had split in two? And is slightly more floppy? He also appears or mabey I'm just over worried to mabey have lost some feathers, is that normal to lose some?...all levels in the tank are fine, but wondered if theres and advice anyone could give me as an experienced owner to a new one.
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  • Axolotl Queen:
    @Lanalotl Sounds like the gills may have been nipped by the tank mate. If he is in his own tank and the parameters etc are all good, then he should grow them back and they should go back to full health and strength. However, depending on how old the injury is they may not fully grow back if they have been constantly nipped at.
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  • Smknmom421:
    Can anyone tell me why this is happening? We just did a water change and after freaking out and whipping around the tank, an hour later they look like this. It won't let me send a pic. The edges of their gills are white and it looks like they have skin shedding off
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  • Murk:
    That sounds like severe skin damage. If you post a thread on the forum, you can attach pictures.
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  • Murk:
    It sounds like something went wrong with the water change, so this could be very dangerous. Did you use a dechlorinator? Could it be there are traces of chlorine or soap in the water? (Or for example, in the bucket you used?)
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  • Murk:
    Normally, I would recommend taking them out of the tank asap and putting them in a tub with fresh water, but if there's something wrong with your tap water or dechlorinator, that might not help either. Do you have acces to bottled water or rain water?
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  • Sal22:
    I think my axie is dying, he’s never had any issues before, I’ve had him 3 years, today I noticed some fluffy looking stuff coming from his genital area so I took him out of his tank and did a full tank clean to make sure the water wasn’t infected as I thought it was fungus and then I noticed he had a cut on his belly which was only small about 5 hours ago and now it’s spread to all of his belly, what do I do I’m freaking out
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  • Sal22:
    Update about my axie, unfortunately he has died over night, he looked as if he was bruised allover his belly, his mucus layer had also started to come off.
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  • Ganaa:
    Anyone here from DMV?
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  • AlexisJG:
    Hi I have 2 4in juveniles (I’ve had them about 2 weeks and they are doing well I think they’ve grown a little already honestly) but I am supposed to go on a 5-6 day vacation in October about 3-4 months from now. I am wondering how I should go about their care when I am gone. I thought about putting them in separate (fairly big) containers with live plants and/or bubblers with a fan in the dark and either fridging them (my last plan) but I am hoping to to either have someone I trust come feed them and turkey baste waste out or just leave them out and clean the containers before we leave and have someone come check on them once or twice. Does any of this sound like a good or bad idea? I want the best for them. All help appreciated :)
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  • Ganaa:
    @patrickstar116, do you still have your fire salamanders?
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  • patrickstar116:
    @Ganaa, I do you may message me if you wish
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  • HalfDrunkToast:
    hi.....
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  • JDeslippe21:
    Hi, so I have 2 male axolotls and about an hour ago they were both perfectly fine and now only one of them has his tail curling up and his gills are slightly curled?? But other than that they’re both acting normally
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  • Murk:
    Could be he's just excited, spooked or temporarily stressed, which could pass in a few hours. It could also be an indicator of other problems. Do you have any recent water parameters?
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  • AlexisJG:
    Does anyone have any idea how to help with high ammonia levels? I have the API freshwater master kit and everything else’s test results were great besides ammonia. I did a 50% water change and I use API products including ammonia lock.
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  • MuggleMiChu:
    Help! I got my first axolotl two days ago and they have stopped eating. They ate a few frozen blood worms the first day and haven’t eaten or been interested in food since. I feed them frozen blood worms and the tank is around 64 degrees. I do have a filter that moves sometimes and I noticed them swimming up to it, I have a new filter and a fan coming today or tomorrow. I leave the worms in the tank or a little bit before taking them out so I don’t know if they ate when I wasn’t looking. I know it takes a while for them to digest. Does anyone have any tips or knowledge they can share? The pet store I bought them from didn’t have gravel or sand in the tank so I’m not sure if theres an issue or if I’m just impatient. Thank you!
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  • HalfDrunkToast:
    @MuggleMiChu, how big they are? also for substrate, i would not do gravel at all I would either do sand or none at all!
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  • MuggleMiChu:
    They are about 2-3 inches long and I have them in a bare bottom tank
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  • HalfDrunkToast:
    @MuggleMiChu I would say try live black/blood worms untell they are full or just turn there head away ( that's what mine do) if that does not work try to get some live brine shrimp and see if they eat that. baby axolotl prefer live food over frozen food as the frozen food is too cold for them or they can't eat it in one go( that's if you do the blocks) mine eat chopped up frozen thawed shrimp. as for them not eating from what I have experienced with my second axolotl, I got her when she was about an inch long and she ate every day, when they start getting 3-4 inches long they will gradually slow down there eating. and if you really want to do substrate I would do sand because if they do ingest a little bit it won't hurt them.
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  • MuggleMiChu:
    Thank you so much for the information and advice! They are eating again, they ate a lot today. I think it might have been stress from the move or digesting old food, I also noticed they ate some of the food left in the tank (I removed the rest). I’m going to keep the tank bare bottom.
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  • HalfDrunkToast:
    @MuggleMiChu,your so welcome im glad to be of help! and I'm glad that they are eating as well!
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    HalfDrunkToast: @MuggleMiChu,your so welcome im glad to be of help! and I'm glad that they are eating as well! +1
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