Illness/Sickness: Axie sits with the tail up. Unusual behavior.

Garry Baldy

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Hello everybody.

Just recently I found my axie sitting at the bottom of the tank with the tail up. This is really not the usual behavior for him. So far he's sitting this way about 12 hours. Please see photo.

Variants:

1. The best: that's some pattern in behavior related to the fact that he wants to became a father. But frankly speaking I doubt it.

2. The irrelevant: he just wants to poo but for any reason waits for a good moment for so long time.

3. The worst: some sickness/illness. But no visible trauma anywhere on him. I strongly rule out any kind of bloat. No small pieces of gravel etc in the tank for a long time. So it could be some irritation in cloaca, for example. But why? And what to do? Any other reasons?

The only potential reason is that just recently I pulled out some fish (common guppies) out of tank and some of guppies are missing ))) I'm not surprised and I always supported my axies in fish hunting. I'm not sure if it was exactly him who ate the fish. But - just maybe - if it was him, could the fish in his stomach cause some troubles which made him put the tail up?

Many thanks in advance for any hints and ideas.

Best regards,

Garry Baldy.
 

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Is it just the picture that makes him look quite thin and a little banged up? I suggest you provide some details on his water quality parameters and feeding schedule so the experts on here can better help you; they'll probably need more info on his care before they can answer your question. Good luck!
 

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Tails up is commonly a possible sign of constipation. But more details will help. He does look very skinny and not in the best shape. Could you post the parameters for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, PH and temperature? What do you feed him normally?
 
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    The second image was how it looked the first time, it was mixed with some other poop like stuff. after that its been small and without the poopy stuff
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  • madcaplaughs:
    The second photo looks reminiscent of partially-digested worms, though I've never seen anything like that. Have you checked your parameters lately?
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    Right now theyre in smaller tubs that i do daily water changes in
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    I'll admit Ive bought test strips but they havent come in yet
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    I use Prime to dechlorinate the water, which was recommend by the girl I got them from
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  • madcaplaughs:
    For now I'd tub the axolotl and do daily 100% water changes until you're able to test your parameters
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    I'd also recommend ordering a liquid test kit such as the API Freshwater Master Test Kit since strips are generally unreliable and inaccurate.
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    Okay, thank you for your help and advice :)
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    Hello! Anyone there right now by chance? I have a couple questions about plants in an axolotl tank.
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    @Chelsea smith, Hi, what questions did you have?
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    Hi! I was wondering if anyone knew if java fern, the floaters like frog bit, anubis, and moss balls could be all kept without any substrate with the axies? I have sand right now with an axie who is over a year but we were just testing the waters really but I continously read about a lot of health issues with sand impacting constipation and hiding bad bacteria and such, we just want to make him comfy.
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  • Junaz:
    I don't know about the java ferns, but the moss balls and anything that floats on the surface of the water should be totally fine! I'm not saying the java ferns aren't an option, I just personally don't know if they can live without some sort of substrate
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  • Littlewolf:
    Java ferns actually do better when they are attached to a piece of wood or other decor anyway. Their rhizomes can be easily burried in sand and then they dont grow properly. The others can also be kept without sand no problem.
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    @Chelsea smith All of the plants you've listed can be kept without substrate. Plants with rhizomes cannot be submerged in substrate, as burying the rhizome will cause the plant to suffocate and rot. You can pin these plants under on onto decoration, rocks, etc., just be careful that the rhizome is not in substrate. Moss balls and floating plants, naturally, do not need substrate either. Do note that floating plants require a good amount of light.
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    Hi guys, I have an 11 month old axoltol who is about 9 inches long. She normally is a pig when it comes to food. I switch between pellets and night crawlers, and sometimes blood worms if she had a big meal the day before. Anyways, I went to go feed her a night crawler today, and she wouldn’t eat it! She turned her head and went to the corner. I noticed that when I cut this worm it seems to release a lot more goop then other worms I’ve cut, I tried to wash it off the best I could with cold water. Do you think maybe she didn’t want to eat it because of that? She normally will eat anything in front of her face. Water perimeters are perfectly normal by the way, and temp is at a steady 63 degrees F.
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  • Paige1warren:
    Also, she looks perfectly fine. Tail is straight, gills aren’t curled, no fungus or anything. It’s probably no big deal, it’s just unusual behavior for her so it really caught my eye. Love my girl and want to make sure everything’s ok.
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    Paige1warren: Also, she looks perfectly fine. Tail is straight, gills aren’t curled, no fungus or anything... +1
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