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    Extremely sick axolotl

    So I went on holiday for a week and left extremely clear instructions for the people looking after my axolotl to follow - however they didn’t and he is in the worst condition - I think I’m going to lose him. All his gills are completely curved forward, his skin is peeling, there are red spots...
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    Red spots all over axololt

    Hi there again, So I recently took in a sick axololt in the hopes that I could help him out. He had a slight fungal infection, a large purple spot on his chin, and is under fed. I waited a couple of days before starting treatment so that he could get used to his new environment (temps and water...
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    Illness/Sickness: Rescued axie with purple lump on his neck

    Hi, I took in a little guy who was housed in terrible condition to attempt to get him back to health. He has a list of issues, but the only issue I'm unsure how to treat is the strange purple lump on his neck. I don't think it has enlarged since I got him but it definitely hasn't gotten...
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    Illness/Sickness: I can't tell what my axolotl is sick with or how to fix the issues.

    Hi all, I have currently been away from my axolotl for almost two weeks and have only been able to check on him twice (once a week) for water changes. The person I have left him with is inexperienced in their care so I left detailed instructions. After a couple days of being away from my...
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    Question: Are Hailea HC-100A 1/20hp Chiller's good for axolotls?

    Hi, I'm looking into getting a chiller for my axolotl. Does anyone know anything about the Hailea HC-100A 1/20hp Chiller. The place I'm planning on buying from doesn't have much information on it - I've tried contacting them with no luck so far so I will be ringing them tomorrow if possible...
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    Question: Aquarium Chiller

    Hi, So living in Australia and the average temp in summer being close to 40 degrees Celsius, frozen water bottles and ice packs just don’t do the trick anymore - I need a chiller!! Does anyone know good brands (preferably Australian and cheap) of aquarium chillers? What would I need for a...
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    Question: Tank issues and maintaining health of axie

    Hi, I'm planning on moving my axolotl in a larger tank later today as hers was temporary and is getting to small for her to thrive. The thing is a couple of weeks ago my oldest axie was housed in the larger tank.. and he very, very sadly passed away. I was planning on housing them together...
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    Question: Possible infected tank and moving an axolotl..?

    Hello, A couple of days ago my axolotl (two years old) very sadly passed away from an infection, which I cannot confirm what he was sick with - I did everything possible to save him. I think he might have had a fungus or damaged skin or something worse, but I couldn't figure it out. My other...
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    Illness/Sickness: Damaged slime coat or bad fungus infection?

    Hello! I've been treating my axolotl for a fungus infection (salt baths 10mins twice daily). Now I'm thinking his slime coat is damaged. I feel so stupid. It looks like fungus spores are growing all over him and (never seeing a fungus infection or slime coat damage) I instantly thought it was...
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    URGENT HELP NEEDED - Bad fungal infection!

    Hello, I urgently need help! (sorry for any spelling mistakes, I'm very panicked and wanted to send this as soon as possible) (I have extra information under this paragraph, but this is the basics to help reduce the read) My one and a half year old male axie has a really bad fungal infection...
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    Gills curled forward on one side - pls help

    Hiya! Today when I got home from school I noticed something a little odd with my axie - one side of his gills were curled completely forward and seem to be pale, while the other side sat flat like normal and were normal colour. After four hours they are still in this state. I haven't seen...
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    Illness/Sickness: Floating tail on young axolotl.

    Hi, Yesterday I picked up my newest axolotl. He is a baby, though I can't say for sure how old he is (maybe 5 months...?), I had cycled the tank for about a week. All water levels were perfect, ammonia 0 ppm, nitrite 0 ppm, nitrate 0 ppm, and Ph was on the lower end of the scale 6.6. After...
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    Question: Is housing new axolotls together a bad idea?

    Hi, me again. I was wondering if its a bad idea to 'move in' a new axolotl with the little guy I already own.:o The axolotl I currently own is named Axle and is about one year old, male and very friendly. I understand that axolotls do not need tank mates but I am interested in owning another...
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    Moving axolotl to new tank.

    Hi! I've had my axolotl named Axel for a little over seven or so months, he's very well and healthy. Recently I've bought a larger tank for him so he can stretch his legs a little more! I'm planning on moving him from a 20 gallon long tank to a 35 gallon tank. I've never needed to change any...
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    Illness/Sickness: Axolotl not eating

    I've had my axolotl for a couple of months now and until today I though I was looking after him well. Axel usually has a big appetite and always eats when he is given food. I feed him 3 to 4 axolotl pellets and sometimes garden worms daily, but today he only looks at the food and doesn't touch...
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    I'm worried my filter is too strong.

    Tomorrow I will officially own my first axolotl! I'm really excited. Ive had the tank set up for a week or so now and I'm a little worried that the filter is too strong for the axolotl.. The tank I bought comes with a filter already attached to the tank (so I can't remove it, only unplug it)...
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    Hello from Australia!

    I'm not sure if I'm using this introduction correctly, but, hello!! I'm Chloe or Kumamon hehe
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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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    @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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    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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