Caudata.org: Newts and Salamanders Portal

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!
Did you know that registered users see fewer ads? Register today!

Clarification on someone I'm wondering

Turtle Poop

Member
Joined
Apr 4, 2022
Messages
45
Reaction score
12
Location
Ohio
yep that snot is a type of fungus,
I like your word for it. I've never dealt with fungus on axolotl before so it's my first salt bath. I thought I seen some months ago but it disappeared so it must have been something else. Yesterday you were asking about my pH so attached is my testing today. See what I meant buy off the charts. Regular pH test won't read it
 

Attachments

  • 20220419_193059.jpg
    20220419_193059.jpg
    6.9 MB · Views: 29

wolfen

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 12, 2022
Messages
815
Reaction score
367
Location
england
I like your word for it. I've never dealt with fungus on axolotl before so it's my first salt bath. I thought I seen some months ago but it disappeared so it must have been something else. Yesterday you were asking about my pH so attached is my testing today. See what I meant buy off the charts. Regular pH test won't read it
both the low and high ph read the same ph just different levels, what is the tap ph?
 

Turtle Poop

Member
Joined
Apr 4, 2022
Messages
45
Reaction score
12
Location
Ohio
I dont know what that could be nor if it causes a bad habitat for them.
I know we have always had issues here with pH with pool and hot tub as in the things will not hold any chemicals til that pH is down. As far as my aquatics I keep it's not caused anything I'm aware of. Before I got any axolotls, my research led me to believe the hardness was good for them.

Update on one's salt bath for fungus on gills and white blotches(snot) on body that hopefully goes away.
Last night was my first salt bath given and I made it very weak (1gal declorinated water with 4tsp aquarium salt) to see how much she'd get upset. Today I witnessed the fungus on her gills were darker in tint and detaching. I did her 2nd bath in 1gal declorinated water with 8tsp aquarium salt. She thrashed none so thats good. No improvement on body is noticed yet. I did read somewhere that it can be a normal thing for black Melanoids.
Plan is to do:
2X a day for 3days at this 2nd amount then
if looking good do 1X a day at 1/2 strength for 4days then another week of regular tubbing
 
Last edited:

wolfen

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 12, 2022
Messages
815
Reaction score
367
Location
england
I dont know what that could be nor if it causes a bad habitat for them.
I know we have always had issues here with pH with pool and hot tub as in the things will not hold any chemicals til that pH is down. As far as my aquatics I keep it's not caused anything I'm aware of. Before I got any axolotls, my research led me to believe the hardness was good for them
hard water is good for them, where does it say otherwise?
 

Turtle Poop

Member
Joined
Apr 4, 2022
Messages
45
Reaction score
12
Location
Ohio
hard water is good for them, where does it say otherwise?
Nowhere that I've come across. Only things when it's to low but never found any information when it's OVER the the recommended high range of pH. Thats why I brought it up.
 

wolfen

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 12, 2022
Messages
815
Reaction score
367
Location
england
Nowhere that I've come across. Only things when it's to low but never found any information when it's OVER the the recommended high range of pH. Thats why I brought it up.
under the normal parameters ideal is 7.4 - 7.6 tolerant is 6.5 - 8, now I class anything lower then 7 as bad because it means that the cycle can crash and that the axolotl can suffer anaemia, anything 7 - 7.4 not to bad, anything above 7.4 is good and means the tank water is better suited for a axolotl. when the ph was tested in 1978 - 1988 in the natural habitat it was found to be 7.4 - 8.2 so I wouldn't worry to much about it. I will add the literature
 

Attachments

  • 05-11shaffer.pdf
    2.6 MB · Views: 22

Turtle Poop

Member
Joined
Apr 4, 2022
Messages
45
Reaction score
12
Location
Ohio
under the normal parameters ideal is 7.4 - 7.6 tolerant is 6.5 - 8, now I class anything lower then 7 as bad because it means that the cycle can crash and that the axolotl can suffer anaemia, anything 7 - 7.4 not to bad, anything above 7.4 is good and means the tank water is better suited for a axolotl. when the ph was tested in 1978 - 1988 in the natural habitat it was found to be 7.4 - 8.2 so I wouldn't worry to much about it. I will add the literature
Thanks wolfen! I edited my reply up above but I was to slow at doing so before you answered back. If interested I just added my update on my salt bath is all. I didn't mix the tea and salt as I dont want to risk one affecting the others properties. I just threw in a catappa leaf in tub water instead.
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • FragileCorpse:
    Hey, my yellow spotted salamander has gotten a bit fat, he doesnt wanna move too much, and I notice he lays with his back legs flat out in front of him, but keeps his chest off the ground with his front legs. He CAN use his back legs to move around, but Im a little concerned about his back legs being flat out like that, and Im wondering snce he doesnt do a whole lot, will he lose function of his back legs? Kinda like a human would if they never used them? Also what is a slamander poop suppsoed to look like? I was told to spot clean poops and pees but after 4 months of feeding him and having him I havent ever seen a single thing I can identify s a poop...
    +1
    Unlike
  • FragileCorpse:
    ...other than these little oblong shaped bits of dirt thats compacted together, I figure those must be poops because how else is the dirt getting compacted into an oblong shape like that? And he tends to roll those to his front entryway of his rock cave for me to move them away from the entrance. Are those poops? Mine will ONLY eat sal bugs. otherwise known as potato bugs, roly polys, etc. Hes never struck at anything else ive given him. Are the roly polys even enough nutrients for him? Ive captured like 400 of them for the winter months.
    +1
    Unlike
  • FragileCorpse:
    When i lay a roly poly a bit far away from him, he WILLuse his back legs to come out, so he IS using them sometimes, its just concerning to see him with his legs flat out like that. Is that just normal for them?
    +1
    Unlike
  • FragileCorpse:
    *also actually unsure of his sex, if the sex of the salamander means anything in this instance, I as told females are bigger and fatter, so I assume it might be a female tbh.
    +1
    Unlike
  • FragileCorpse:
    Please let me know if amyone knows amything, as I can not get adequate info anywhere else.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Unlike
  • SamAxolotl:
    @FragileCorpse, the chat room is a good way to get some basic answers. if you're looking for more detailed answers, go to caudata.org home page and then scroll down to newt and salamander help. I think you might be able to get some more answers from there from people with experience with newts/ salamanders specifically. you could probably also contact a breeder and see if they have advice for you. Some vets also have info on exotic animals as well. local wildlife centers/ rehab facilities/ rescues may also be a good resource to look into. hope your little guy feels better soon!
    +1
    Unlike
  • FragileCorpse:
    I cant contact the vet or facilities because they keep trying to take my salamander and fine me cuz i dont have a permit. however i foudn him outside dying and nursed him back to health. So I need to be discreet about getting info. However, if anything actually becomes wrong with him, in order to save him I will have to surrender him to a vet. But thanks for the info I appreciate that
    +1
    Unlike
  • FragileCorpse:
    We are about to be slammed by a category 4 hurricane. I need you guys to tell me how to saf ely transport my salamander. What kind of mobile go-terrarium can I make for him??? Can it be a plastic tote full of eco earth (cocount husk) and maybe his hidey rock and I can keep a spray bottle to keep him moist??? wtf do I do???? I have a bunch of his bugs in plastic containers thankfully so I can bring them with us. But he hates vibrations, trying to bring him out in a car or something is gonna be scary. Can these guys die of fright like a guinea pig can kind of deal???
    +1
    Unlike
  • FragileCorpse:
    Maybe I should just go literally buy a smaller more mobile terrarium? Hes in a giant glass beast right now.
    +1
    Unlike
  • FragileCorpse:
    Man I wish I had more than one day to plan!!! My house wont even survive this!
    +1
    Unlike
  • SamAxolotl:
    @FragileCorpse, I think a plastic tub would be fine along with a spray bottle to keep it humid (I've seen a lot of people keep reptiles etc in plastic tubs their whole lives happily) Not sure about the fear/ shock aspect, but maybe bring a towel or blanket to put over the tote (if it's a clear tote, that is) as well to keep it dark for him so he doesn't get spooked by so much movement that will be going on. I've used that for other animals and it seems to be effective for keeping them calm. See if you can get your hands on some earthworms for food. they're nutritionally dense and it looks like that's one of the main things your salamander would be fed in captivity. Crickets were another suggestion for food as well. praying you all stay safe!
    +1
    Unlike
    SamAxolotl: @FragileCorpse, I think a plastic tub would be fine along with a spray bottle to keep it humid... +1
    Top