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Is this fungus?

LeighLarsen

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I have had Gary for only a couple months. A couple weeks after I got him I noticed a couple white spots on the gills. I read up but wasn't sure if the spots looked "fluffy" or not as described. After more spots showed up, I became very concerned and have done 3 days of salt baths. After the last salt bath this morning, he threw up his food. Otherwise he seems healthy and happy. He is very active and eats well. I had my water tested and it all good. I have no gravel, only sand. Temp of water is consistently 66 and I have a sponge filter. I do have him in my classroom and I realized that when the door slams he gets very startled and was probably stressing him out. I have made sure the door won't be slammed any more. Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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Not fungus. :) Those white flecks and patches are iridiphores (shiny pigment) that's part of natural axolotl colors.
 

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Not fungus. :) Those white flecks and patches are iridiphores (shiny pigment) that's part of natural axolotl colors.
Are you SURE? I am a nervous new mommy. Here is a picture I took today and I see how the skin on the gills looks like iridiphores but what about the white specks on the filaments? I can't find any fungus pictures that look like this. Could it be a bacteria? They haven't changed much in two months.
 

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Are you SURE? I am a nervous new mommy. Here is a picture I took today and I see how the skin on the gills looks like iridiphores but what about the white specks on the filaments? I can't find any fungus pictures that look like this. Could it be a bacteria? They haven't changed much in two months.
I'm sure. :) My golden girl also has iridiphores on her gill filaments. It worried me too for a while after I fist got her, but it's definitely not fungus.
If it looks raised or cottony you'd have reason to worry, but it definitely looks like iridiphores.
 
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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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    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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    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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  • 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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    Freaking out
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    Oh I thought you meant my axolotl lol
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    I read the fridge is for if they're stressed or huge infections and erratic temp changes will cause stress
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    If the water is already cool then the infection might prefer cold water
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    Quetzalotl: If the water is already cool then the infection might prefer cold water +1
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