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A sick axlotl. That gulps for air alot

Hrafn

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I got my first axolotl a couple of weeks ago. I had done alot of reasearch on axolotls and felt that i was more than ready to keep one.
When i got him i noticed that he had very small gills and almost no filliment. His leg was also very small almost like it was just starting to grow back. I thougt that mabey he had just been picked on at the breeders.

After a couple of days of having him i found him floating. And he didnt come down for almost 2 days. And since then he has spent most of his time floating only coming down occasionally. His gills have olso grown a bit and the filliment is almost compleatly back. But his foot is still very small. He dosnt seem streesed his tail is straight and gills are not curled forward. He is preatty active.

He eats repashy grup pie mostly but i also give him some earthworms. He poops regularly but not like a normal axolotl but rather massive poops. He did eat some snails somehow and got a little constipated i think. But i haven't seen snails or anything wierd in his poop for a long time.

He gulps air alot and that definitely why he is floating but he seems to be stuck or rathed not trying to go down. He might try once or twice a day But he still seems to stay floating for multiple hours


Thank you so much for reading! I appreciate any and all help.
 

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My parameters are good 0ppm ammonia nitrate and nitrite. The tank technicly isn't cycled but i have lots of live plants. I test every other day and there has never been any ammonia in the tank. Temp is 15-19 celsius. He was around 6 inches when i got him and i have had him for 5 weeks. He is probably around 7 months old.
 

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I mean if it has never have any ammonia or nitrite, it sounds like its pretty cycled to me! He very well may just be doing what axolotls do best, and that’s just to sit there and not move, in almost any imageable position. The only other thing I can think of is the oxygen levels being low in the water, which can be caused by using too much prime in the water
 

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Gulping air and floating can be a sign of stress.
Possible sources of stress, other than temperature or water parameters, are :
- something creating vibrations in the water : a pump, a filter, something outside the tank,
- the tank is not in a quiet place and the axolotl is often disturbed by people,
- there is neither hide no plants in the tank
 

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I mean if it has never have any ammonia or nitrite, it sounds like its pretty cycled to me! He very well may just be doing what axolotls do best, and that’s just to sit there and not move, in almost any imageable position. The only other thing I can think of is the oxygen levels being low in the water, which can be caused by using too much prime in the water
It could be low oxygen. I have a small air pump connected to a air stone. I also use the recomended amount of prime but that could be to much seeing as there is no chlorine in the tap water where I live. I read somewhere that it could be poor water qualitiy. I just did a big water change,rinsed the filter media and put in a extra sponge filter. Thank you for your help :)
 
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    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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    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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    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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    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Thank you so much !!
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    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    Hello I'm wondering if fridging axolotl is necessary when giving it a salt bath? My fridge is unpredictable it just changes from freezing temperature to melting by itself. And driving me crazy. So I would not be keen to put my axie in these because of the sudden temperature changes it may experience. Can I leave him in a clean dechlorinated water tub in some of the room? Would I then need to refrigerate the salt water ? Or would I just keep it in a same room temperature?! I have everything ready for him to get a salt bath but just wanted to check about this fridging before I do ( waited for approval to join the forum:)
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    FYI I noticed a white fluffy strings on his gills yesterday. And looking through the forum and some pictures it looks like fungus .
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