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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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    betta*
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  • Asholotl:
    Just got to cycle the water. keep the water nice betas are pretty easy since they are very hardy, and they tend to glow once you give them the right attention. ive had a few. they are my go to fish to be honest.
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    interesting.
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  • Nichill:
    Hi I'm a bit worried about our axolotl Berry she's approx 4 months old . She had a big meal yesterday of blood worm and today is very restless she's been swimming around all day and trying to get to the top sometimes not making it. Her tummy does seem really full even though she has had 2 poops . There's no gravel in her tank she's on sand . My water seems fine
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  • Nichill:
    Amonia 0 nitrite 0 and pH 7
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  • axolotl nerd:
    pictures would be very helpful- this could possibly be an emergency if it is something like bloat
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  • Nichill:
    I can't seem to upload a pic I've just searched bloat and it's nothing as severe as on there . How do I upload a pic
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  • Nichill:
    I have done another water check and my pH has gone down
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  • rads:
    Hey y’all! So I just had a quick question. I had a well established cycled tank. I added in a sand substrate that I had previously had in the tank (when it cycled the first time). It recycled and everything was golden. As I was re-adding it I noticed a smell to it but figured it was just “fish” smell. I also have a cat. Long story short, I think the cat managed to find the sand, pee in it, and because I was already suspicious I tested my tank just in case a few hours later to find my ammonia 2.0! I pulled my axolotl out and have done a 75% change. Prior to sand earlier today ammonia was 0. So do I add the ammonia blocker or stick to water changes?
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  • rads:
    The tank should be cycled but I believe the sand added too much ammonia that normally wouldn’t be an issue. So I’m thinking ammonia block for the next few days, but then won’t the ammonia just sit there since it can’t be processed? The safer bet is always going to be water changes I know,
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  • axolotl nerd:
    i have no words, honestly. this is like the time i accidentally dropped a worm in the sink and it was never heard from again, just a big “whoops” that i don’t know how to fix— my best advice//what i’d personally do is remove the sand entirely, remove all water, keep the filter media, and just recycle while your axie is tubbed. the sheer amount of ammonia in car urine is insane, and i’m impressed your axolotl survived
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  • rads:
    It was within the span of maybe two hours at most lol. I’ll do that and I have a second tank with lotls in it that has just enough room to temporarily keep them in it. I read up on it and decided to dose with ammo lock since it’s not a cycling tank and was cycled already along with water changes.
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    Hello everyone :]
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    I used to breed axolotls, since I was 14, and sell and barter with people here. Now I’m 24 and the axolotls are fancy breeds for a ton of money. Does anyone have 2 or 3 wilds?
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    or leucistics
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    Hi just need a bit of advice since I added plants to my tank (java fern ) my nitrate level has gone up to 0.5 what can I do to get them back down . My axolotl seems to love the plants so don't really want to take them out . Thanks
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    Hi new to forum and new to axolotl. Checked water parameters this am ph 7.6, high range ph 7.8, ammonia between 0 and 0.25 ppm, nitrate 5.0 ppm, nitrite 0. Should i water change or will this mess up the tank? Thank you
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    @britt6393, those water parameters sound good i dont think you need to do a water change. youd do one when the nitrates reach 20ppm
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