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Golden Albino with purple legs

LeoTheDoctor

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My axolotl, during the vast majority of time, is doing fine. Gills look okay, no sign of skin irritation, tail looks fine. But sometimes, after about 2 months, he starts having a very abnormal behaviour. He goes to the surface and gulps air, sometimes it's just that and he is fine, but I don't know what happens some other times he (after gulping air) starts to swim very weirdly and rapidly. It's like he can't get the air out of him, or maybe the air isn't going to where it should go on his body. When he is swimming like that it's noticeable that he seems stressed trying to move his body to a specific side, the left side. He "bends" his body to the left many times while swimming like that. Since he's swimming quickly, his gills get really red and tail as well (that would be normal for an axie while swimming). Another thing that worries me is the color of his legs. Normally they are pale or orange, just like they should be, but when this behaviour happens we can see his legs become purple. To me, this seems an oxygen problem. It seems like he is either having trouble getting oxygen or having trouble getting the blood to his legs. The problem probably isn't in his veins since his legs don't look bigger. After sometime with that weird behaviour, it's common for him to try gulp air again but not be able to swim all the way to the surface. That would make his oxygen problem even worse. There was one time that this even led to puking. I even posted a thread here when it happened. I maneged to reduce the times he is not able to swim to the surface by lowering the amount of food I give him. After that he never puked again. To try to solve this problem, as soon as I notice the swim or see his legs purple I quickly put an air pump inside the tank. Normally I put it right at the side of his gills. He seems to move them more when I do that, maybe trying to get more oxygen. After a while doing that I put the air pump at the sump (cause I'm affraid he might try to eat the air stone). About 1-2 hours later he seems better. I think he gets better quicker with the air pump on.

So I've been thinking, do I let the air pump on indefinetly? I've always been affarid of air pumps because I've seen people saying that the axie might lose his gill fillaments when we do that, due to too much dissolved oxygen. But I also heard people saying the opposite. Some say he will stay with the gills because he's using them more. I don't know how biologicaly correct these statements are. And I tried to find more stuff about this but the effect of an air pump on an axolotl's gills doesn't seem to be that well known. I might put the air pump working for more hours and let it on once per day. I will take photos and compare his gills as well as his behaviour.

If someone has any advice or has an opinion on what is actually this weird behaviour and the purple legs, please tell me.
 

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Hi! I’m sorry your axie is not doing well. This definitely sounds like an issue. If he seems to do better with the air pump, I would leave it in. I am not sure if he will lose the fluffy of his gills or not.

Can you tell us your tank size, water parameters (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph, gh, and temp), and water change schedule? What is the axolotls diet?
 

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Hi! I’m sorry your axie is not doing well. This definitely sounds like an issue. If he seems to do better with the air pump, I would leave it in. I am not sure if he will lose the fluffy of his gills or not.

Can you tell us your tank size, water parameters (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph, gh, and temp), and water change schedule? What is the axolotls diet?
I'll let the air pump on for now. The ammonia is very close to 0. I need to buy new tests for nitrite and nitrate. Ph is 7,4. Temperature always varies from 17-20 Cº (I got a chiller running). Usually I change the water once per week. But recently I've been having lots of exams so I didn't change water last week. I'll make that the only time it has happened. I'm thinking on changing it more frequently too. Thanks for the help!
 

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I'll let the air pump on for now. The ammonia is very close to 0. I need to buy new tests for nitrite and nitrate. Ph is 7,4. Temperature always varies from 17-20 Cº (I got a chiller running). Usually I change the water once per week. But recently I've been having lots of exams so I didn't change water last week. I'll make that the only time it has happened. I'm thinking on changing it more frequently too. Thanks for the help!
That sounds great! I would get he nitrite and nitrates test kits as soon as possible. I would leave the air pump on unless it seems to have a negative impact on the axolotl. When you get your test kit, test the nitrites and nitrates coming out of your faucet, before going into the tank.

What is his diet? How old is he and how big?
 
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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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    good luck recycling the tank!
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    nevermind! off my game tonight
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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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    Thank you so much !!
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    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    Hello I'm wondering if fridging axolotl is necessary when giving it a salt bath? My fridge is unpredictable it just changes from freezing temperature to melting by itself. And driving me crazy. So I would not be keen to put my axie in these because of the sudden temperature changes it may experience. Can I leave him in a clean dechlorinated water tub in some of the room? Would I then need to refrigerate the salt water ? Or would I just keep it in a same room temperature?! I have everything ready for him to get a salt bath but just wanted to check about this fridging before I do ( waited for approval to join the forum:)
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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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