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  1. sebguy

    Illness/Sickness: A bit of fungus

    Okay, so a few days ago I noticed a small spot of fungus on my axolotls gills, now before you ask unfortunately I can't get a picture 1. because my camera's not good enough and 2. because the fungus is mostly covered by gill filaments. So my question is is it possible to get rid of the fungus...
  2. sebguy

    Introduction

    Well, it’s probably a bit late (try 2 years), but here is my introduction! Get ready, this’ll be a long one. My journey with axolotls began 2 years ago in late 2013, after hearing about axolotls from a family friend I was really excited about them. I started to research them through caudata.org...
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    Illness/Sickness: Axolotl not eating!?

    Okay, so my axie-ari recently got over a bad fungal infection about a month ago, for the following weak and a bit she was eating fine behaving fine and seemed generally happy, however about a week ago she stopped eating and slowly got weaker and weaker... the other night i got her to eat a tiny...
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    Question: Hurt gill?

    So my axolotl-ari has been eating fine moving about normally and her behavior hasn't changed but after the last tank clean i noticed that she was keeping one set of her gills pressed up against her body upon further inspection i realized that there was a small bump on her head where the stalk...
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    Question: White wispy stuff

    So ive been doin salt baths with my axie for 3 days now and ive noticed that this white whispy stuff has begun to gather around her head and behind her gills, could this be her slime coast peeling or dead fungus? any help is greatly appreciated btw it comes off easily when she swims around.
  6. sebguy

    Axolotl lying on stomach

    My axie, ari has been battling fungus for some weeks now I recently started salt baths and set up a hospital tank, as there is still fungus in the main tank, however after her first salt bath i noticed that shes been lying on her stomach a lot and not using her front legs, and instead having...
  7. sebguy

    Gill fungus

    Hi all, So a few weeks ago little Ari had A run In with some Dead gill filaments, the bright side is that got better, But now I think that she definitely has some fungus On her gill stalk(just on the end of one. So I've dropped the tank temp from 20 degrees to Nineteen and have done a water...
  8. sebguy

    Illness/Sickness: Gill fungus?

    Recently my little axie- Aristotlina has been looking a little sick around the gills as you cans see from the picture there are little chunks in her gills this could be fungus but i was also thinking that it could just be food as Ari is a very messy eater and the food is the same sort of color...
  9. sebguy

    Axie food

    Hi all, for the first few weeks i had my little axolotl - aristotlina- ive been feeding her earthworms, however after she stopped eating them i decided to try something else, that is fish fuel and co axolotl food--> Fish Fuel - Axolotl Food i was just wondering if this would be alright to feed...
  10. sebguy

    Question: Somethings very wrong with my axolotls gills

    The events leading up to this are http://www.caudata.org/forum/f46-beginner-newt-salamander-axolotl-help-topics/f48-axolotls-ambystoma-mexicanum/f58-sick-axolotl/99693-axolotl-hasnt-been-eating-2-weeks.html then...
  11. sebguy

    Question: Axolotl slime coat peeling

    I've been treating my axolotl for about 3 days with pimafix, and ive noticed that her slime coat is peeling,anyone with experience using the medication, is this meant to happen? should i take my axolotl out? She is in a sick tank apart from the others and my local aquarium did recommend pimafix...
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    Question: Axolotl dying?

    My axolotl has been hanging around the top of the tank with her eyes submerged and has been going up for air very 1 minute and i don't know whats wrong please help She hasn't touched the ground in around 4 hours Shes been floating for the past few days but only recently has it gotten worse. ive...
  13. sebguy

    Illness/Sickness: Axolotl hasn't been eating for 2 weeks

    My 3 year old axolotl-Yin hasn't been eating for the past 2 weeks, On top of this shes been going up for air very often and taking in so much air every time that she floats. She seems to just hang around the top of the tank with part of body out of water when this happens, not attempting to get...
  14. sebguy

    Illness/Sickness: Axolotl weak and floating

    My 3 yr old axolotl-yin has recently been acting very weak over the past few days. She hasn't been eating for 5 days and only recently shes been going up for air about every five minutes, and always takes in so much air every time that she floats:( She used to make an effort to swim back down to...
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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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