I think my axolotl is sick

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This morning, I tried to feed my axolotll some pellets, but he started to "cough" and it looked like their were crumbs coming out. The aquariums is 65 degrees.
 

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UPDATE: I just watched as my axolotl coughed up a pellet, looked mostly whole. Did I feed him to much?
 

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Last update: just watched my axolotl try to eat, but spit the pellet back out
 

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Last update: just watched my axolotl try to eat, but spit the pellet back out
theres a possibility that your axolotl just doesn’t like pellets, with mine, he only eats a certain brand. the others he spits out immediately. when you say it was “coming out” do you mean it was coming out of his gill slits or out of his mouth?
 

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This morning, I tried to feed my axolotll some pellets, but he started to "cough" and it looked like their were crumbs coming out. The aquariums is 65 degrees.
Could be any number of things. Could just not like the pellets. May have eaten too much or the pellet was too big. Sometimes theyll spit out crumbs like that when they're trying to crush the pellets down small enough to swallow. Usually its not a big deal unless it's happening all the time.
 

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theres a possibility that your axolotl just doesn’t like pellets, with mine, he only eats a certain brand. the others he spits out immediately. when you say it was “coming out” do you mean it was coming out of his gill slits or out of his mouth?
Thanks for the info! He seemed to make it come out of his mouth
 

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does he otherwise seem to be healthy?
Hs seems to be fine. He occasionally swims up to the top of the aquarium and makes a little bubble every 5-10 minutes. I just got him, so he isn't moving around much.
 

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Hs seems to be fine. He occasionally swims up to the top of the aquarium and makes a little bubble every 5-10 minutes. I just got him, so he isn't moving around much.
he should be fine, gulping air is fairly common
 

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This morning, I tried to feed my axolotll some pellets, but he started to "cough" and it looked like their were crumbs coming out. The aquariums is 65 degrees.
That's normal. Most times it's just little crumbs that come off when they "cough" like that. Both of my axolotls do that :) - especially my juvenile since the pellets are pretty big in his teeny little mouth lol. Sounds like no need to worry
 
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