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  1. nina89

    Are these 3mm pellets ok for Axolotls?

    Will these raptor carnivore pellets be suitable for Axolotls? I am looking for 3mm pellets and I came across these. I have put up hikaris sinking carnivore pellets ingredients as a comparison as a lot of Axolotl keepers here in Australia seem to use them. Salmon pellets are not available to me...
  2. nina89

    Genetics- breeding for color variation

    Doesn't matter how much I read about genetics I cant wrap my head around it. Can someone dumb it down in the simplest way and advise what color I should breed with my white albino Axolotl so that I have an assortment of colors. https://www.caudata.org/forum/showthread.php?t=81547 this is her in...
  3. nina89

    Morphed axolotls!!!

    I found this disturbing sale of multiple axolotls that have been morphed, and though I havn't seen many morphed axies I cant be sure, but i think they may not all be fully morphed. I do not agree with morphing an axolotl its cruel, and it saddens me allot to see this type of **** going on with...
  4. nina89

    Photo: Almost 1 yr and many more speckles later!

    Hey guys, just thought I'd share the changes of my axie with you all! Its been 8 months since i got bandit(he's grown half an inch he's now over 8inches) and hes now got lots of speckles, I havn't really noticed the changes cause I see them daily. The speckles are stretching more around the...
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    Outdoor tank setup, 2 questions.

    I bought this bilge tank from the recycling depot shop for $25 6months ago and now i've finally got the time I am thinking I might set it up. It wont be used as a bilge tank though, instead I'm going to custom it so it can house axies. It is going to need a piece of glass put in the bottom on...
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    Ariels babies

    So here is Ariels batch she had in september parents both dark wildtypes. These are my keepers one of each colour, I know I shouldn't keep so many but what the heck! I also have a thread in the FS area if anyone is looking for axies! photo: 1 - wild type and white albino 2 - white albino 3 -...
  7. nina89

    My axolotl Ariel, feeding behavior

    I got bored and pulled out the camera on my two axolotls Ariel and Bandit during feeding time. Bandits waiting patiently in his feeding spot for his turn cause he's too shy to venture over, I think he was going to come over but i scared him off with the light of the camera. Meanwhile Ariel's...
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    Photo: Some of my axie juvies

    These are my two very speckled juviniles I picked out and separated from the rest for obvious reasons:happy:. I am now almost 100% sure that bandit(my avatar) is their aunty to them. Ariel is the mother of the batch and i got her and bandit from the same pet shop at different times. I not long...
  9. nina89

    Illness/Sickness: How do I help my axie??? possible fungus

    Hi guys, I need a little help, my axie has a few marks here and there i'm not sure about and what looks like fungus on the gills and toes. she has a black spot on her head(part of her colour maybe), and a few white patches here and there which I think are due to limb regrowth but can't be sure...
  10. nina89

    New addition; very speckled leucistic; Male or Female?

    Hi guys this is my new axie (7.5 inches), I got him from a local pet shop who gets his axies from a good local breeder, so he is very healthy. On the tips of his top gills ones bent forward the other backward, I think this is cause he has been nipped at before, He was in the tank at the store...
  11. nina89

    Mozzie wriggler

    I've had a tub outside for a month now and there's 100's of mozzie wrigglers in there so I put 20 young wrigglers in with 10 axolotl larvae at 23mm and they were gone in less then 15 minutes. I couldn't believe they were gone that fast. I was worried they might not catch them cos there quite...
  12. nina89

    Illness/Sickness: How do you treat for heat stress? help please axolotl barely moving

    HELP my axie ariel is barely moving and just lost her bestfriend and mate to heat stress, I need to know if I should be fridging her right away. I moved them to a smaller tank so i could leave there eggs be but I just found ross then lying on the bottom of the tank and he was fine last night. I...
  13. nina89

    My newest addition

    So a trip down the coast lead to my third mature axie, Hes not yet named, but i'm sure i'll think of something. I introduced him to my other male last night and i couldn't believe the size difference. so i measured em both and ross(rose) is 20cm and the new fella is a whopping 28cm (11 inches)...
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    Question: Any1 know where i get sand and slate (AU)

    I have been having so much trouble finding freshwater sand here in aus and was hoping someone thats been in the same situation may be able to help. I know theres a few aussies on this site and im sure some of you were able to get there hands on some sand. if so plz plz plz tell me there website...
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    Question: When are bbs too small for axolotl larvae and what food next

    This is my first batch of eggs and its now been 1 week since hatching and they are all living fine off bbs. but i was wonder what foods to start introducing and when, I have no idea at all, please help. And also when should i stop feeding them bbs?
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    FYI: My new addition........whats the average length of an 8month axolotl?

    I got the little guy/girl from a friend a couple of weeks back im gonna keep his name but i forgot it so for now im gonna call him midget, when i first got him he was very round (although unfed for 1week+), I measured him today at 9cm, Does anyone know if at 8 months should he be bigger by now...
  17. nina89

    1 finally hatched!!! now whens the rest going to?

    Hi everyone, about a month ago i put my two axolotls(both speckled black, up close ones a shade of green and the other a purle/blue, 20-22cm) in a small temporary plastic tank while cleaning the big one, anyways i got a little slack and 4 days later i still hadn't cleaned there home tank which...
  18. nina89

    Question: His tails floating, but the my other axie is fine

    Why is my male axolotls tail floating, the female is fine and barely moves all day, but my male doesnt stop swimming, they dont eat anything different from each other and are in the same tank, i test the ph almost daily and its fine. any suggestions what may be wrong, have had them for 2weeks...
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    Question: Can i have feeder fish in the tank with my axolotls?

    I've been feeding my axolotl pellets and hate having to pick out what they dont eat so I've been giving them a worm each daily so i can cut back on the pellets. I want to to put a few feeder fish in with the axies to eat whats left of the pellets after feeding. I read that its not good to put...
  20. nina89

    Question: My male axolotls Cloacal region appears swollen, help?

    I have my axie in a tank with a female and just overnight it appears that he has become quite swollen in his cloacal region, about a week ago he left spermaphores all through the tank (but my female wasn't interested) so my theory is that he has just regenerated what he lost. or at least i hope...
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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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    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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    @MuggleMiChu,your so welcome im glad to be of help! and I'm glad that they are eating as well!
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