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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  • Murk:
    Hi Nerdybirds - open a thread, that usually gets more views and also allows you to post pictures and give more background information: water parameters, age, etc.
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  • Roadrunner:
    My axolotl can you all take a look at that thread, I am freaked out about my axie
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  • MVM1991:
    His gills seem kinda small, I don't think that's normal but I'm not a huge expert on axolotls
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  • Roadrunner:
    Yeah his gills is kinda small and it can be caused by nitrate level, I am taking care of it atm, I am worried about his weight, is he only overfed or are there any kinds of problems there ?
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  • MVM1991:
    Well, again, I'm no expert. But I did just read axolotls are supposed to have a body about as wide as their head. The gills I'd say are the biggest problem, which could reduce oxygen intake, which could make a whole mess of problems.
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    Thanks for the help then, I will deal with his gills in no time
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    Any one have advice on feeding a tubbed axolotl?
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    mine hasent eaten in weeks and im not sure what to do
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  • LauraLobster:
    Hello, I am a new owner of a 3 month old axolotl, and although I have done a lot of research on axolotls, I can barely find any for babies. If anyone can help me with these questions, I would be super happy. How many hours do baby axolotls tend to sleep per day? How many times should I feed it and what would be considered too much (it's current diet is freeze-dried brine shrimp and blood worms, and I currently feed it around 3 bloodworms since they are not that big)? How many times a week should I change the water and how? I have a good filter and use Prime as my conditioner to remove the chlorine and other chemicals, but I still need to figure out how to deal with ammonia and such in the water. How do I clean it's waste (should I use a dropper to easily pick it up)? I need a better cooling system because currently I use ice packs on the side of the tank and I make sure to angle my ac so that it hits the tank.
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    I also leave the lid open during the day so that evaporation can cool down my tank. I want to buy a fan, but since winter is coming I won't have to buy one yet. Lastly, what water testers are effective and affordable for a broke student like myself? Please, if anyone has any advice I will love to hear it. I care for this creature too much at this point, but I have no one to help me with caring for it other than the internet :,)
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  • EmilyP:
    Hi LauraLobster I am a new owner of axolotls myself and have been getting advice from things like this, I feed mine twice a day on blackworms and brine shrimp blood worms are more of a treat food, a question on where you are keeping you axolotl are you keeping it in the main tank or in a tub also if in the tank did you cycle it first? and if not i suggest tubing it until the tank it cycled, mine are still tubed since I was given bad advice by the shop people about cycling my tank and am still in the process of cycling it. I use pipettes to clean up the mess of my axolotls. I use the API mater test kit for freshwater tanks I am also a student and had to look around to find it the cheapest I could.
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    Hi LauraLobster, like you I got my first ever Axolotl back in July. Iv found that he has enjoyed and eaten red wigglers well. They are a good source of protein and help provide the nutrients a young lotl needs to grow up big and strong. You will probably need to break it up into smaller pieces until they get bigger but they are what I have primarily fed my buddy since I got him. He’s actually so picky that he won’t even eat his pellets anymore and will hold out till he gets his favorite wormy.
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    Hey, can anyone recommend a good fan/cooler in UK?
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  • MVM1991:
    As long as its cleaned yeah! You can even make overhangs if you have enough pieces to make nice caves and platforms
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  • Mark.H:
    Ok, thanks!
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  • MVM1991:
    My pleasure! River rocks work well too, and go rather well with all kinda lung less salamanders,
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  • Mark.H:
    Great! I'll use some of those too. Thanks for the help. :)
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    Mark.H: Great! I'll use some of those too. Thanks for the help. :) +1
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