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Axolotl not eating puking white stuff

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Hi, I have a female 2 1/2 year old axolotl that has been on and off with eating. When she does eat she throws it up a few hours later. She also has thrown up white cottony looking stuff. I have tried prazipro, kanaplex and furan 2… one of those helped and she started eating again though still finicky. Recently she has stopped eating again and puking up white cottony stuff which makes me think that whatever it is needs longer or stronger treatment. Does anyone have any idea what it might be and how to treat it? She’s getting really malnourished. Unfortunately I can not afford to bring her to the exotic vet.
 

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what are you feeding and what are your water parameters?
Parameters have usually been 0 ammonia 0 nitrites 10-20 nitrates. I’ve tried pellets, raw thawed frozen shrimp (not recently), black worms, red wrigglers, nightcrawlers & bloodworms (as a last ditch effort to get her to eat). She has not eaten in a couple weeks now and she still occasionally pukes up white cottony fluff. I don’t know if it’s fungus in her stomach or if it’s something else like her stomach lining.
 

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Parameters have usually been 0 ammonia 0 nitrites 10-20 nitrates. I’ve tried pellets, raw thawed frozen shrimp (not recently), black worms, red wrigglers, nightcrawlers & bloodworms (as a last ditch effort to get her to eat). She has not eaten in a couple weeks now and she still occasionally pukes up white cottony fluff. I don’t know if it’s fungus in her stomach or if it’s something else like her stomach lining.
i think vet immediately.
 

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i think vet immediately.
I can’t afford a vet right now. I do have methalyn blue, Prazipro, kanaplex and furan 2 on hand s as well as the ingredients for hoffretter’s solution, black tea and IAL but I don’t even know where to start or what to try. I know a vet is the ideal but it’s not an option for me right now.
 

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Parameters have usually been 0 ammonia 0 nitrites 10-20 nitrates. I’ve tried pellets, raw thawed frozen shrimp (not recently), black worms, red wrigglers, nightcrawlers & bloodworms (as a last ditch effort to get her to eat). She has not eaten in a couple weeks now and she still occasionally pukes up white cottony fluff. I don’t know if it’s fungus in her stomach or if it’s something else like her stomach lining.
I'd say the white stuff is just partially digested food. I wouldn't keep treating with harsh chemicals, especially because you don't know what's wrong, I'd add IALs but if you physically cannot get to a vet there's not much that can be done. is there anyone who could lend you money for a vet? you really, really need to get her to one
 

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I'd say the white stuff is just partially digested food. I wouldn't keep treating with harsh chemicals, especially because you don't know what's wrong, I'd add IALs but if you physically cannot get to a vet there's not much that can be done. is there anyone who could lend you money for a vet? you really, really need to get her to one
The last time this happened was a year ago and that was the last time she was treated with anything. One of the 3 things worked but I may not have done the treatment long enough because her normal appetite never returned but she was actually eating so I thought it was just her appetite as an adult. I’m wondering what would be the best thing to try this time around since I can’t get her to a vet? I don’t want to sit by and do nothing when I have medicine on hand that may help. Should I try a round of each of those three (prazipro, kanaplex and furan 2) or is there one I should try first? Last time I did 3 days each and she started eating again just not very well so I’m wondering how long should I try treating for?
 

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The last time this happened was a year ago and that was the last time she was treated with anything. One of the 3 things worked but I may not have done the treatment long enough because her normal appetite never returned but she was actually eating so I thought it was just her appetite as an adult. I’m wondering what would be the best thing to try this time around since I can’t get her to a vet? I don’t want to sit by and do nothing when I have medicine on hand that may help. Should I try a round of each of those three (prazipro, kanaplex and furan 2) or is there one I should try first? Last time I did 3 days each and she started eating again just not very well so I’m wondering how long should I try treating for?
I'm not sure honestly. Medications can do more harm than good when used incorrectly or unnecessarily, it's a little dangerous, I'm probably not the best person to give medication advice. you could try coating food in garlic to entice appetite though if you haven't, I've heard of that helping in some scenarios
 
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    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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    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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    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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    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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    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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    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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    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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    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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