Floating baby axolotl

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I’m a first time axolotl parent and currently have a little 2 inch baby! I’ve been feeding him brine shrimp (and occasionally blood worms if he’ll eat it... so picky) but I have noticed hes been floating a lot. I’ve read in other threads that it could be due to a lack of feeding and air bubbles but I feed him once a day until he’s full and refuses anymore (which usually takes 15-20 minutes of feeding to get to). Even after he eats until he is full and his tummy is swollen he still floats. He floats up usually butt up, so I’ve been keeping the water level low but obviously I only want to do this short term. He is currently being tubbed while his tank cycles, and all other water parameters are looking good (7.6 pH, 62 degrees F, and obviously ammonia, nitrate, nitrite at 0 as I do a 100% water change everyday) so it rules that out. I can tell he wants to go to the bottom but just immediately floats back up!
 

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from what i’ve heard, axolotls have both lungs and gills. especially in smaller axies, sometimes they gulp air and it gets stuck in their lungs. said air may stay for up to a year, though hopefully less than that. if they’re floating, im willing to bet that’s what’s happening. nothing you can really do about it - but hopefully it helps to know it’s normal
 

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from what i’ve heard, axolotls have both lungs and gills. especially in smaller axies, sometimes they gulp air and it gets stuck in their lungs. said air may stay for up to a year, though hopefully less than that. if they’re floating, im willing to bet that’s what’s happening. nothing you can really do about it - but hopefully it helps to know it’s normal
You were absolutely right! Since posting this, my axie is now about six inches long and growing more everyday! I did eventually get him to sink more after feeding him more often, but one day as I was watching him happily sitting at the bottom of the tub, he gulped a big breath of air and then immediately started to float again!! I was so shocked but also relieved to see they were just swallowing air. After awhile, they grew out of it and are now completely sunk at the bottom of his tank :) My advice to anyone reading this looking for advice: Wait it out! As long as they are pooping often, and you are feeding them often (literally constantly haha), they will be just fine! If you keep the water levels lower it will help to reduce stress, but eventually they'll grow out of it!
 
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    My axolotls were doing fine until the cycle int heir tank crashed. I currently have them tubbed and they wont stop shedding their slime coat, and my golden albino looks a little red, and his gills dont look too good. Theyre both flaoting and im keeping the tub at 18 degrees celsius and doing 100% water changes everyday, any help on anythingelse? can anyone help?
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    @AkemiYousei thanks so much. Will do. I have also given them a tea bath before, seems to work their gills are looking so much healthier, my golden albino is swimming around frantically trying to jump out, should i be worried? my wild type is fine
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    Might be the stress, or the shedding bothering it
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    I am new to axolotls myself and one thing I learnt was that earth worms when in distress give off an awful taste - have you tried live river shrimp? Mine really like these and are always happy to 'bite' - I also give them live crickets and pellets which are really pungeant in smell and they always take these - even wait at the glass for them! So sorry to hear he was being attacked by his companion!
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    Hi, just wondering if anyone could help with our axy, she absolutely loves her food and we've notice tonight after her worms( that she ate in one mouthful) that she ue was struggling to get up to the top for air. She's never done this before, she usually goes up every 5-10 mins or so. She is 6 months old and seems very healthy. Could it be a problem with our water level or water quality or could she just be to full?
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    She’s not eating, her tail and gills have shrunk, she’s lot a lot of weight, and we’ve checked her water levels with no negative results
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