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Axie Update

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kaysie

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Just thought I'd stick a few pics on here showing some recent changes in setup and such.

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If you remember the pic I posted a month ago, Blue was only 5 inches long!

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Just a general tank shot, showing the new platform (that they love sitting on and hiding under).

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dave

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I like that platform you have made. What is it made out of. Very nice setup
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kim

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Very nice Kaysie...Im looking into doing this now... But i'll have to sort the tank out.. too much stuff in there if i get anything else!
 
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kaysie

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The platform is of my infamous Construx by Fisher Price. They're toys similar to Legos.

Who wants to take a stab at genetics on ol' Blue? s/he is definately lacking iridophores and xanthophores. But because s/he was born really light, I dont think its melanistic. If you look closely at the pic, you can see some even darker speckling. And check out the striped toes! My own little freak.

JP: dont be worried about too much stuff. I was thinking about putting some more tubes in, just so they have more stuff to play on. They do enjoy playing, be it tag or on the bubble coaster.
 
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mik

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lol, you knew I couldn't resist that genetics line.

I think your Blue is a freaky wild type.
I'm looking at the gills and thing they are the same colour as seen on a wildtype. Though a bit light in comparison with some.

The black eyes rule out the influence of the albino allelles.

The dark spots are patches of melanophores.

I would guess that there are xanthphores and iridophores just not many of them or an unusual combination.

From what i have read; the various chromatophores are laid down at different levles within the skin and it is the depth and relative position to the other chromatophores that determines the colour. The same chromatophores exist in frogs, sallies and newts and the range of patterns and vivid colours available beggars belief, though i'm not sure if they have any other types of chromatophores. But if i remember rightly the colour of a chromatophore is also influenced by diet or other external factors e.g xanthophores in a frog or sallie can be darker more orange than we see in axies.

If any one has read more I would be interested in the book reference.
 
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kaysie

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Mikki, if possible, I'll get you a nice closeup of his head/gills (and one of the normal wildtype). I am going to stick to my guns that there arent any iridophores for sure (its like he sucks the light in to make a velvety appearance), and xanthophores, I'm pretty sure. He lacks any yellow coloration at all, especially when compared to the siblings, who have a lovely yellow underwebbing.
 
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mik

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* While the girls are fighting Mikki, nips in, steals Blue and is away over the hills with him*


* Mikki's Mrs says 'No more!' and forces him to take it back before he's missed*
 
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kaysie

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If s/he breeds, and we get more freaks, I'll find SOMEONE with a CITES permit and ship some to the UK, if at all possible.
 
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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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  • the:
    good luck recycling the tank!
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  • Roach:
    do the classifieds still exist?
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  • Roach:
    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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  • Asmold1:
    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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  • JulMl:
    Thank you so much !!
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  • Asmold1:
    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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  • tammyaxie:
    Where can I get blackworms?
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  • John:
    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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  • noahc808:
    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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  • Sylvia88:
    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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  • Sylvia88:
    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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