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Hello! Axolotl Help?

Saxatilis

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Hi, I'm new to keeping axolotls and made an account here to hopefully get some help.

Skipper is a juvenile axolotl approximately 2 and a half months old. I've been raising him since just after hatching, and watching the development process. Right now he is almost 2 inches long, and all of his legs have grown in.

A few days ago, he started having buoyancy issues: tail end floating up in the water, leaning to one side. I decided to wait to see if it would work itself out. As of yesterday, he is no longer floating up, but he seems to be stuck lying on his back. I've tried to gently flip him over, but after a minute he flips onto his back again. He is still eating (frozen bloodworms), as long as I dangle the food directly in front of him. Any ideas on what is wrong and what I should do to help him?

Thanks, and if this is the wrong forum to ask questions let me know and I can move. I've learned a lot already just browsing through threads here, so I'm excited to finally join!

-Saxatilis
 

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Hi, thank you for replying. Attached is a picture of the tank and a close-up of Skipper. He is currently in a plain plastic tank as he is too small for a regular aquarium. There is no gravel, and I have been doing daily water changes.

Could the problem be temperature related? It has been hot here lately, and even with the AC on my apartment is around 75 F when I'm not home during the day.
 

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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    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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    ooff
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  • the:
    good luck recycling the tank!
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    do the classifieds still exist?
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    nevermind! off my game tonight
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    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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  • John:
    Sorry to hear that Shane. Did you post about it?
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    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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  • JulMl:
    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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  • Asmold1:
    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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  • Asmold1:
    2. add the prime to your tap water, for most conditioners the consensus is 5 minutes of waiting time
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  • Asmold1:
    3.After 5 minutes it should be safe to add
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  • JulMl:
    Thank you so much !!
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  • Asmold1:
    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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  • tammyaxie:
    Where can I get blackworms?
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  • John:
    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    Does anyone know someone who can ship axolotls to hawaii? I recently did a water change and my axolotl died and there are no axos for sale right now.
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  • Sylvia88:
    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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  • Sylvia88:
    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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