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Axolotl flakey skin/mucus coating. Need advice

stevencere

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Hello! I am a proud owner of two axolotls, one is a dwarf, and I think there’s an issue. I have checked their water condition and it keeps reporting high ammonia. I had to take my axolotls out and do a full water change because one seemed to have flakey and white skin coming off of them (thinking this is their mucus coating). As you can see there are pieces from today of this white tissue stuff on the ground of the tank (wasn’t there this morning) They are less than a year old, never had this problem before, and I’m unsure what to do. Is it a fungus problem? Bacteria? Or if it’s still ammonia how do I lower that? Any advice will help!
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it sounds like their slime coat is being damaged by the ammonia. youd want to tub them and change their water 100% in the tub once or twice a day and try to do a black tea bath for them to help their slime coat heal.
edit: oh having Indian Almond Leafs/Catappa leaves in the water would help with them healing a lot too
 

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it sounds like their slime coat is being damaged by the ammonia. youd want to tub them and change their water 100% in the tub once or twice a day and try to do a black tea bath for them to help their slime coat heal.
edit: oh having Indian Almond Leafs/Catappa leaves in the water would help with them healing a lot too
I’ll try it out and let you know the results! Thank you!!
 

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I’ll try it out and let you know the results! Thank you!!
it sounds like their slime coat is being damaged by the ammonia. youd want to tub them and change their water 100% in the tub once or twice a day and try to do a black tea bath for them to help their slime coat heal.
edit: oh having Indian Almond Leafs/Catappa leaves in the water would help with them healing a lot too
So far so good! New water, catalpa leaves, and new bacteria! Mucus is looking much better
 
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  • Asholotl:
    looks like the water is fine till tomorrow. which is nice. im super tired of late. ive been doing large water changes for a week before getting their 'tubs' i just wish i had the old filter ;3;
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  • Asholotl:
    you got a cooler :D Thats so cool! i normally chill their water down if it gets too warm with clean dechlorinated water when they were in their bigger tanks. i'll need to get one that can work with two tanks at some point. or find them for cheap and get two quiet ones. since im in an apartment.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea most coolers are super expensive though the price range is around $100-$500
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  • Asholotl:
    yeah D:
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  • Asholotl:
    i need one before summer though so i should prob save up
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  • Asholotl:
    or its waterchanges and/or air fans for me.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Here its Hot like every day so we have to have the cooler :p
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  • The-Axolotl:
    But we also have a fan
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  • Asholotl:
    its just wet in oregon and cold most of the time.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    So good axolotl weather :p
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  • Asholotl:
    yeah, most of the time lol. its always cold in my room now cause of them.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea my room is freezing because of the axolotls xd
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  • The-Axolotl:
    The worst thing is my cat always jumps up next to the tank but good thing it has a lid 😁
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  • Asholotl:
    same D: my cat is constantly knocking over my bottles and stuff for my axolotls.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    One time he almost knocked over a whole bottle of tap water conditioner we just bought
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  • Asholotl:
    haha. sounds like a cat
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  • The-Axolotl:
    I know right what is it with cats constantly knocking every thing over??
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  • Asholotl:
    And boxes. you can even tape a square on the floor and ive seen them go in it xD
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Haha 😂
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  • Asholotl:
    im going to head off now, its 12 am now so i got to rest. :D nice talking with ya!
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  • axolotl nerd:
    hey everyone - sorry for the inactivity. things have been really rough in my world the past few days, but i’m safe now. i should be back to my normal active self here soon :)
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  • axolotlnewtlover:
    the nitrites in my tank are so high omg
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Hello, I think my axie might have anchor worms, could someone please look at my thread its called 'rapidly growing strange things all over my axolotls' thanks- The-Axolotl
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  • axolotl nerd:
    @The-Axolotl, reading through your thread now, sorry i didn’t get a chance to welcome you yet!
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    axolotl nerd: @The-Axolotl, reading through your thread now, sorry i didn’t get a chance to welcome you yet! +1
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