Is my axi having a bloat (fluid) problem?

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I got 2 axolotls last June (don’t know their genders). Now they are about 15cm long. My white axi started to get fat very quick for the past 4 weeks. It moves heavily and slower, but appetite is normal although the eating speed reduced a lot. The other black axi is totally normal.
Is it having health issues or it’s just the pregnancy? I can’t find a vet here so I can only try to treat it by myself. I started putting it in the fridge yesterday, hopefully may help cure the bacterial infection or constipation (if it’s the issue).
I really appreciate if someone here can help me identify it’s problem.
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Can anyone help out here, I don't know if anything is wrong. The female just looks heavy, or pregnant. I don't know. This is outside my experience.
 

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can i please see your other axy? that's a girl and she looks gravid.
Here they are, the other axy is so so black that I don’t know if you can see it clear. But it’s been in good shape since I got it, slim and fast. Very “jumpy” with food and always enjoy hanging on things.
How long will she be pregnant? Because it’s been at least a month since I noticed her stomach was getting bigger and bigger.
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that's a boy. for my axies they take about 5weeks until they have the eggs.
 

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How are things? Both still doing well?
The black one, yeah. The white one, I don’t know. Took her out of the fridge today. She still look “gonna explose soon” and move difficultly. She ate though, as soon as she’s back to the tank, but not much.
@axie owner Does she need any special things for laying eggs? I have white sands, a fake tree with leaves, a fake wood log (for hidden), some corals, small rocks all which I didn’t use since the axies were getting big so fat and occupied so much space :)
And other thing, I posted a thread about strange insects before. They looked harmless and there’re only few of them, but now they’re back, lots of them. Do you know what they are and how to keep them away? These are the pictures, they are very small, about 0.07”, with hard shell on top and soft at the bottom where they hang very tight on the glasses. They’re not eggs right (because they’re not round like eggs)?!
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she will lay the eggs on the plant mostly. once she lays the eggs remove them from the aquarium and put them into a bucket and do water changes every day. that stuff on the glass looks like snails eggs or some sort of algae. i would try to scrub it off.
 

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The creatures on the picture are fresh water limpets. They're common hitchhikers on plants, rocks or food from aquarium stores.

They're completely harmless, and very hard to get rid of. Once you've got them in your tank you probably won't get them out again.
All of these snails and copepods and little critters are quite good for your tank, since they help in breaking down detritus and algae.

If you see a sudden population explosion of limpets, it could be a sign you need to be more disciplined in cleaning leftover food or poop.
But even in a perfectly clean tank you'll always have a few around.
 
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