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8 yr axolotl - diseased

Maddieh

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Hi there.

I was gifted my axolotl 8 yrs ago and I have done my best to keep him healthy. Roj has overall been ok, but a few years ago I noticed he developed a small bump, like a balloon, translucent and lightly veined, on the left side of his body, toward his gills. It has never seemed to bother him, he has behaved normally and eaten regularly.
(Also, before going further, if you notice in the pics that his front left leg is bent, he had it bitten off right before I got him and it didn't grow back properly).
I moved a few months ago for a new job and I'll readily admit that I haven't been as attentive with his care due to long hours and big weeks.
I've just noticed that this growth on his side has gotten considerably bigger and I can't find any information about what it is or what I should do. Because it has been benign for so long, I sort of figured it may have just been a complication with his gumpy leg because it sits right under it.
In the photos you'll see he also has an infection, which I'm attempting to treat with tea baths. I also cleaned out his tank entirely in case any bad bacteria or fungi was clinging to the tank walls, furniture or inside the filter.
I already know that the bulge on his side won't be affected by the tea bath, as I've treated him to one once before and it did nothing for this bump.
Lastly, I'll test the pH of the water in the tank, but I do know that it stays relatively steady and from what I've been able to find online, it is within a normal range for an axolotl. Please post any levels to watch for and how to change them if they are problematic.

Please let me know of any medications I can release into his water or other treatments I could try. I'm feeling terribly guilty for letting him get so sick :( he's my first and probably only axolotl - I'm doing my best but I'm having to learn as I go. This is the first time in these eight years I've been genuinely concerned for his wellbeing.

Thank you so much for your help.
 

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fishkid

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older axololts are prone to tumours and lumps and bumps, have you only noticed growth and no issues in him? is he still eating and acting normal? there isn't really anything environmental that will cause this, if you are worried an exotic vet is your best option, they will be able to tell you if it can be treated or if you should be worried about cancer etc.
 
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  • melon:
    I think it is always best to get them out asap but probably two days or so.
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    its around 3 small pieces in the tank. Since i've just moved homes, my axolotl is still at my old house. Yesterday i fed him bloodworms and he missed a few. I couldnt get them out without a turkey baster and decided to let them sit because i was gonna move him to the house tomorrow. But now its late and I dont have a car and my dad wont drive me. Will he be fine?
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  • melon:
    I would think so i would just try to get them out tomorrow
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    So my axolotl tank cycle just crashed and while i was in the middle of a water change my bucket overflowed and spilled water all of the ground in my brand new home. This is going super well 👍
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    ooff
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  • the:
    good luck recycling the tank!
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    do the classifieds still exist?
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  • Roach:
    nevermind! off my game tonight
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    Im so frustrated right now. My axolotl WONT eat and my tank still isnt looking too good. Some extra stress i needed.
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  • John:
    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    No, I havent. Im not really sure why he wont eat. Hes in a 1 gallon tub and still a juvenile. When i offer food he swims away from it. Does he need some extra time? or is this something I should be worried about.
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  • JulMl:
    Hello everyone! I’m new in this world and i need some advices please! I have 2 axolotl babies and currently the water from the tank is from bottled water ( all parameters are good) but i want to change 50% of the water with city tap water. My question is how to change it? Do i need to get axis out, do the change, add the prime, wait (how much?) until its dechlorinated or i can add the tap water directly into the tank with axis in it, and add the prime conditioner? Thank you!!
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  • Asmold1:
    1. You dont need to take them out of the tank to change the water as long as you pour it in slow as to not rattle them around too much
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  • Asmold1:
    2. add the prime to your tap water, for most conditioners the consensus is 5 minutes of waiting time
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    3.After 5 minutes it should be safe to add
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  • JulMl:
    Thank you so much !!
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  • Asmold1:
    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Where can I get blackworms?
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  • John:
    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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  • noahc808:
    Does anyone know someone who can ship axolotls to hawaii? I recently did a water change and my axolotl died and there are no axos for sale right now.
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