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If you can, keep him in the dark during transit. (Wrap the box in something, cover it with a towel, etc.) this will help him keep calm. I guess if I had a fully aquatic newt, I would give it about two inches of water, as well as paper towels. If for nothing else, he can use these as something to cling to. Just make sure he doesn't slosh around too much.
 

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I would transport him on saturated paper towels, no water. Paddletails are not obligate aquatic (they don't have gills), so he will be fine on land for a few hours.

Don't put water and paper towels in the container. You risk suffocating the newt if it becomes entangled in floating paper towel.
 

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Okay, back from the vet at 11+pm, set up the meds for Takorr and went to sleep.

Doc says it's most likely his renal functions, maybe kidney problem (heard something about cannot pee), and possible bacteria carried by guppies. No more guppies for guppy munching Takorr! He gave Ringer's solution and an antibiotic to soak Takorr in constantly until the bloating subsides. This morning I checked on Takorr the solution seems to have worked; his throat swelling has gone down quite significantly, though he doesn't like the solution much. I took pics of the meds too.

Random: Takorr just doesn't like being picked up; he tried to protest at the doc by opening his mouth at him too! XD

Any idea who can ship some worms other than earthworms to Singapore? Planning to give them to Takorr as a treat.
 

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Excellent news! Would you share the information about which vet you used, so that others might benefit?
 

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There, I managed to get his card. :) Takorr looks almost back to normal now... He even shed his skin! Should I leave him in there a little while more to ensure he's fine, or transfer him back to the tank?
 

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Continue the course of treatment as you are until you've finished the antibiotics.

If I was in this situation, I'd dismantle and disinfect the tank.
 

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Disinfect with? And how long should I leave the solvent in there? Also, that means to cycle the tank again, yes?

Haha, many questions being a newbie. :)
 

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Questions are what lead you from the land of the Newb! Ask as many as you need to.

Disinfect it with diluted vinegar. You can spray it directly on the bare tank walls. You'll have to soak everything in the tank; I usually let things soak about an hour. Rinse well and let stand to dry.

You'll have to re-cycle, but if it was in fact something in the tank rather than renal function, you'll at least have a clean slate to put your hopefully healthy guy back into.
 

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Takorr died last night :'( Maybe I've put him in the solution a tad too long, doc had said to put him back in the tank when he looks alright, which is whe I asked about whether to continue soaking him in the solution or putting him back in the tank. He was really soft all over when I took him out of the solution, buried him in my backyard...

On a somewhat good note, I now have the tank to disinfect and cycle while I mourn.
Do I soak the live plants in the vinegar solvent as well? What's the ratio for vinegar:water?
 

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Oh no. I didn't know you were confused about the treatment plan. I'm so sorry.
 

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>< it's fine, lesson learned. I bought more plants and had to do some creative landscaping anyway, since the tank is kinda small, just big enough for a paddletail.

I didn't write Doc's instructions, so you didn't know >_<

So... The questions weren't answered; plant and concentration of vinegar.
 

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Sorry to hear about that... Seems like one problem after another.

As for the plants, there are multiple ways to clean them. I would let them soak in a solution that's 10% bleach, 90% water, then rinse them thoroughly and let them sit in a tub or container for 24 hours. After that, they should be fine.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about Takorr, I've never been keen on Paddletails but over the course of this thread I became a big fan of his!
I hope there's endless Guppys and Earthworms for him wherever he is now!

RIP Little fella.
 

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Everything is being soaked now... Will get everything set up before getting another newt; it won't replace Takorr though, he had spunk!

I can imagine Takorr chasing all the earthworms in the shallow land. :)
 
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    Ok, I'll go to the pet store this afternoon to get some pH up
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    one second, let me do some research
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    ok, thank you so much
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  • Paige1warren:
    Okay so what I found is lower pH can bring on the symptoms ur lil guy is having. Your pH isn’t too too low, but it is lower then recommended so it’s possible having him exposed to a low pH for an extended amount of time has caused him to be really stressed out and stopped eating. Is your tank with the sand still set up and running? And if so, what is the pH in that tank? I’m thinking a filtered tank might be the best for him, but still leave him in the tub until he seems to be improving. Could you send me a picture of the sand and of your little guy? I put my girl on sand when she was still fairly small and it is normally fine if the sand is fine.
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    Poor baby, this is all my fault.
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    if the tank isn’t set up, that’s okay. I would recommend today going and getting an air stone to put in the tub that hes currently in. Creating more aeration in the water can increase pH. You can also add 1 teaspoon of baking soda very slowly for 5 gallons of water to help. I don’t know much about the baking soda thing and I’m not sure how completely safe it is. This might help explain it a little better How to adjust the pH in your aquarium
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    The tank is still running, I am cycling it (for 2 weeks) with guppys
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    Probably too soon, I read it take 6-8 weeks to cycle
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    How can I upload a pic?
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    hey! Don’t blame it on yourself. It happens. Is this your first axie? I’m a newer owner as well if so (I’ve had mine since Oct). I know how scary it can be
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    He's my first yes...
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    if you have the API water test kit, check all the perimeters in the tank. We can check the cycling process with the perimeters. And I’m actually not sure how to upload a pic lololol I thought it would be easier but I tried it myself and now I’m confused! It says to attack a link, I’m not sure how that works
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    Dont beat yourself up over this, your little guy will be ok 😊
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  • Josiane:
    I will do that for sure this afternoon! I really hope he pulls through :( He's so freakin cute
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    Thanks for your help :)
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    You’re so welcome! Keep a close eye on him and try to offer food a couple times a day. Maybe try some pellets too for a different smell, might get him interested. Keep me updated!
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    Will do, thanks!
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    @Paige1warren, turns out my pH was spot on, the test strips I had used were no good. I bought an API kit and the levels are all fine. So not the issue :( I just posted in the forum
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    Hey @Josiane ! I just responded to your post. Your little guy actually looks fairly decent for his size despite not eating well. I think it is stress from the environment
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  • Paige1warren:
    Also I forgot to add to my response on ur thread, keep trying to feed him bloodworms and see if he will start to take them. If you get a turkey vaster you can suck up dethawed bloodworms and dangle them right infront of his nose, might get his interest.
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    I rotate between blood worms and brine shrimp. He's in my bedroom and will stay there for a while, I closed the light and just left a salt lamp on. I will bring him a hiding place right away! Isn't he the cutest thing! 😂
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    Thanks for the reassurance!!
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    @Josiane An axolotl of your's size should be on a diet of chopped earthworms or live blackworms (if they're under 3"). Bloodworms and brine shrimp are not a sufficient diet.
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    @Josiane Based on the photo, I believe there is a chance your axolotl may have become impacted from ingesting sand. Axolotls under 5" should not be kept on substrate for this reason.
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  • madcaplaughs:
    @Josiane The nearly diminished gill stalks are also indicative of poor water quality. You need to test your tap water's parameters using a liquid test kit (not strips! Those are inaccurate). The slime coat coming off may also be due to water quality or the water conditioner.
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