Question: His tails floating, but the my other axie is fine

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Why is my male axolotls tail floating, the female is fine and barely moves all day, but my male doesnt stop swimming, they dont eat anything different from each other and are in the same tank, i test the ph almost daily and its fine. any suggestions what may be wrong, have had them for 2weeks, and since i've had him he swims all the time its just overnight that his tails been floating
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how big is the axie??

When I first got mine he was like 11-12 cm and he used to swim a lot more and sometimes his tail was also floating, he would go to the ground and his middle back would point towards the surface, but it was temporary, maybe for a few hours and then it would be ok again.

If he eats normally I would think it's something that happens to juveniles.
 

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pH is just one of many parameters that must be tested...how about ammonia? What substrate are they on?
 

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i've looked for ammonia test kits at my local pet shops but cant find them. guess i'll have to shop online. He is no longer floating anymore, hopefully it wont happen again but i'll get an ammonia test kit asap.
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Usually they aren't just ammonia, but also test nitrites and nitrates...what temp is the tank?
 

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Its the start of winter here, and it sits at 16-17 Celsius,

am off to check another pet shop shortly to see what they have, he specialises in aquariums so hopefully he has those test kits i need.

my male axie is still okay today, I got home from work and there both waiting in their feeding spot for lunch, both there heads popped up when i walked in the room. sooo cute

also I have noticed his tail floating twice over the last week and it seems to be after feeding. I will test it out now am going to feed the little buggers.

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Nina
 
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