This years eggs where laid a few days ago The air temperatures had reached around 20 degree Celsius , and dropped to around 10 over night. We've not had rain for well over a week.
This year I'll have to remove as many eggs as possible as I still have one aquatic larvae from last year.
This years eggs seemed very 'liquid' The few eggs laid on twigs where difficult to move as the eggs would drip off. I moved the bulk of the Fontinalis plants from the adult's water and put them in an established tub. No more eggs where laid..I did add twigs and more Fontinalis to the adults tub just on case.
The eggs hatched quickly and the larvae are zipping around close to the surface.
The final larva from last year has just about finished metamorphosis. I took it out of the water section in the adult enclosure as I was becoming concerned about the water quality. It had shown some signs of gill shortening, but over the last few days the gills have just about gone. It's spending most of its time on land. It measures just over 6''.
Hmm interesting, I wonder what would have happened if you had not removed the water section, would it have remained aquatic and become neotenic? Or once it reached a certain size would it have moved out of the water on its own. It's looking very healthy though, I'm sure after packing on the pounds and delaying metamorphosis like it did it won't have much of a hard time morphing, lol
My axolotls were doing fine until the cycle int heir tank crashed. I currently have them tubbed and they wont stop shedding their slime coat, and my golden albino looks a little red, and his gills dont look too good. Theyre both flaoting and im keeping the tub at 18 degrees celsius and doing 100% water changes everyday, any help on anythingelse? can anyone help?
@AkemiYousei thanks so much. Will do. I have also given them a tea bath before, seems to work their gills are looking so much healthier, my golden albino is swimming around frantically trying to jump out, should i be worried? my wild type is fine
We have an axolotl called Jasper who is approx 3 years old. He was being attacked by his companion so we separated them. He has healed his wounds now but has got very thin. his lips have turned black. he was just looking still and dead at times but ears moved so we knew he was still alive. Hold earthworms right in front of him which after some time he will take you think good he is eating but then it pops straight out again. At the moment he is in the fridge. Not sure what else to do if he can't or won't eat !!
I am new to axolotls myself and one thing I learnt was that earth worms when in distress give off an awful taste - have you tried live river shrimp? Mine really like these and are always happy to 'bite' - I also give them live crickets and pellets which are really pungeant in smell and they always take these - even wait at the glass for them! So sorry to hear he was being attacked by his companion!
Hi, just wondering if anyone could help with our axy, she absolutely loves her food and we've notice tonight after her worms( that she ate in one mouthful) that she ue was struggling to get up to the top for air. She's never done this before, she usually goes up every 5-10 mins or so. She is 6 months old and seems very healthy. Could it be a problem with our water level or water quality or could she just be to full?