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Two of my axolotl gills don’t look as fluffy as the others. There isn’t any other animal housed with it so I’m assuming it’s fungus? Last time he had fungus the gills were still fluffy he just had white tips. I do 100% water changes every other day. The only thing that may cause it is different temperatures throughout the day. Usually at night it gets around 60 F but during the day it can reach up to 68 F
 

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Two of my axolotl gills don’t look as fluffy as the others. There isn’t any other animal housed with it so I’m assuming it’s fungus? Last time he had fungus the gills were still fluffy he just had white tips. I do 100% water changes every other day. The only thing that may cause it is different temperatures throughout the day. Usually at night it gets around 60 F but during the day it can reach up to 68 F
Fungus appears as white fluff, so unless you're seeing that, it's unlikely to be the cause. What are your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels? Have you noticed any unusual behavior in your axolotl? What kind of filter set-up do you have on your tank?

Also, I gotta ask, why are you doing 100% water changes so often? Unless your axolotl is tubbed with no filtration whatsoever, you should hardly ever need to 100% water changes (in which case they should be every day, not every other day). Even while cycling, 50-60% a day is plenty. Once a tank is fully cycled, you should only need to do around 25-40% a week.

The temperature fluctuations aren't great, but at least the range is within healthy parameters. What do you use to cool it down? Depending on what you use, a temperature controller could be an excellent investment for you.
 

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Fungus appears as white fluff, so unless you're seeing that, it's unlikely to be the cause. What are your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels? Have you noticed any unusual behavior in your axolotl? What kind of filter set-up do you have on your tank?

Also, I gotta ask, why are you doing 100% water changes so often? Unless your axolotl is tubbed with no filtration whatsoever, you should hardly ever need to 100% water changes (in which case they should be every day, not every other day). Even while cycling, 50-60% a day is plenty. Once a tank is fully cycled, you should only need to do around 25-40% a week.

The temperature fluctuations aren't great, but at least the range is within healthy parameters. What do you use to cool it down? Depending on what you use, a temperature controller could be an excellent investment for you.
My axolotl is tubbed currently and has an air bubble filter thingy (I forgot what it was called). I have an air conditioner in my room that cools my room down as well as a fan over the tub. My axie has been acting completely normal. I do see white stuff on the gills so I'm assuming it's fungus. I'm assuming the water parameters are stable because of the 100% water changes and the fact that my tap water has 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites.
 

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My axolotl is tubbed currently and has an air bubble filter thingy (I forgot what it was called). I have an air conditioner in my room that cools my room down as well as a fan over the tub. My axie has been acting completely normal. I do see white stuff on the gills so I'm assuming it's fungus. I'm assuming the water parameters are stable because of the 100% water changes and the fact that my tap water has 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites.
When you have a fungus issue, you cannot assume anything about the parameters, since usually it's caused by something being off with those. Water issues are the #1 culprit for problems like this.

Regardless of the tap water properties, axolotls produce a lot of ammonia, which turns into nitrites. Both are harmful. I recommend using API's masterclass freshwater kit to test daily (before water changes) to check your levels. It's expensive, but your pet's life and well-being are worth it. Depending on where you are, many pet stores will do a water test for free.

In a tub, it's also generally recommended that you do a 100% water changes every 24 hours, not every other day.
 

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When you have a fungus issue, you cannot assume anything about the parameters, since usually it's caused by something being off with those. Water issues are the #1 culprit for problems like this.

Regardless of the tap water properties, axolotls produce a lot of ammonia, which turns into nitrites. Both are harmful. I recommend using API's masterclass freshwater kit to test daily (before water changes) to check your levels. It's expensive, but your pet's life and well-being are worth it. Depending on where you are, many pet stores will do a water test for free.

In a tub, it's also generally recommended that you do a 100% water changes every 24 hours, not every other day.
Yea I have a water test kit! I think the issue was not doing daily 100% water changes. I started doing it daily and it’s gills look way better now. :) thank you
 
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