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Photo: Angel - my little rescue baby.

AmberLouiseT

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So, a while ago I rescued Angel from some pretty awful conditions. Since then, the person has been educated and changed his ways, which is great.
When Angel came home with me, he was looking half dead.
He was so underweight and malnourished that his stomach skin was shriveled/wrinkled. He was lethargic, floating on his side - he had gravel in his stomach too. He was an absolute mess.
I genuinely believed he was going to die - but I figured I'd try my very best to save him. By some miracle, he managed to pull through. The first week was tough - he was still barely clinging to life - the second week things started to improve.

After a few months, he's like a completely different axolotl. He's now in with Rey, Kai & Jin and I couldn't be prouder of him.

Some pictures of Angel when he arrived - and his recovery. I hope he will live a long, happy & healthy life with me and my little gang.
 

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Oh wow poor thang! At least you were able to save him and that the person is now better educated for the future. He looks so happy and healthy now! Good job!
How did you treat him during the first week?
 

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Thank goodness you were able to save this wee axolotl child!! Great job!
 

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Oh wow poor thang! At least you were able to save him and that the person is now better educated for the future. He looks so happy and healthy now! Good job!
How did you treat him during the first week?

As soon as I bought him home, he was transferred into a 'hospital tank'. The first week was horrific as he kept seeming like he was going to die. He refused any food, I kept trying to coax him to eat every hour or so during the day but he wasn't interested. He just kept floating on his side, being very lifeless and not improving.
I had to put him in the fridge to help him pass the gravel in his stomach, which was a risk considering he was so weak already. After a few days in the fridge, he still hadn't passed the gravel but I decided to move him back into the hospital tank to focus on trying to get him to eat.
Luckily, he started eating tiny bits of chopped worm off the tweezers.... but then HE PUKED IT ALL UP. So, I kept persevering and finally he managed to keep some food down, and after a few more days - he finally pooped out the gravel. After that, it was like someone had flipped a switch. He just started getting better each day.
I'm amazed at how far he's come. He's a little fighter that's for sure.
I love him!
 
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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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    good luck recycling the tank!
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    do the classifieds still exist?
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    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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    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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    Where can I get blackworms?
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    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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