Axolotl Fridge Hospitalization

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I currently have my Axotyl fridged. It's been 12 hours and I've already performed 1 full water change as per the detailed instructions on this site.

3 days ago my Axy swallowed a panda cory tankmate and the tail fin was sticking out all this time. I purchased him about 4 months ago so I guess it's a juvenile. It's done this before (eaten tankmates) with a panda and others but this time there was a problem. It became lethargic, and after checking this site I got the tweezers out and removed the obstruction in 3 pieces. There was some initial blood discharge from the mouth after the last piece (head) was removed, and what looked like small pieces of his red 'gills'. He was immediately fridged after this.

This AM, with the first water change, he looked better and there was no discharge in old water. I will initiate his discharge from the fridge hospital with a 3:1 fresh:aquarium water change ratio this PM. Tomorrow AM a 1:1 water change and tomorrow PM a 1:3 fresh:aquarium water change. The next AM he will be discharged after spending 60 hours in the fridge hospital, barring any complications. The tank divider (panda vs. Axy) will be installed by this time.

How's my timeframe?
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Timeframe is looking good.

It's another good example of why housing axolotls with fish is not recommended. Catfish famously do not like to be eaten. Glad to hear you're putting in a divider!
 

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Update ‘Umpi-loo’ was discharged from the fridge hospital and it’s been in it‘s tank for 48 hours now.
It‘s behavior has somewhat changed, it has periodic ‘spazzing out’ fits where it will perform fast tight circles (like a dog chases its tail) or crash about for a second or so, before resuming its usual chill disposition.
Also, it hasn’t eaten anything for about a week. It now ignores the wiggly worms that were previously swallowed whole in 0.5 seconds.
Is it normal for food to be declined after fridging? And for how long does this occur on average?
Coincidently, his younger sibling has become more reclusive since the start of this problem a week ago, but appetite is fine.
I can see why these guys are almost extinct in the wild population.
In my area they cost $6 in the local aquarium shop, so a vet visit isn’t going to happen.
 
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    That´s the most accurate. Depends on the size of the tub etc. - you just want to make sure the water is always clean
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    When little axolotls are tubbed is it common for them to get a little more spunky then usual? Water temps around 64-65 F and has been changed today with prime added
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    Uh. That depends on your definition of "spunky"?
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    @Kwags, how big?
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    my baby hes tubed and hes a wild child xD
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    Swimming like crazy. A little more pep in his step. I think about 3 inches.
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    That jungle fungus clear. I've been dealing with some fungus with my axolotl on and off this summer. The Holtsfreter solution and water changes just seem to do the trick after a bit
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