Illness/Sickness: My 9 year old Axolotl has a tumor that has been growing for most of its life, please help

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My 9 year old albino Axolotl who i love to death has a tumor-like growth on its head and has other yellow dots in carious places across its body. i have asked various people familiar with axolotls what to do but none of them really know what it is. If anyone knows what this is or has any advice please help.

ps: From memory the growth grew from a brown spot on his head

i don't think its a fungal infection as it has been going on for 8 years but i may be wrong.

>>>>the IMAGE is ATTACHED, please help me<<<<

PS: there are also similarly colored yellow spots(not growths) on him too.
 

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That definitely doesn't look good. I reckon a vet might be the place to go. Could be some sort of parasite.
 

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0.0 it's been going on for 8yrs?

Wow - have you tried to find out what it was before / earlier?

Given that its spreading I would try contacting a vet as a priority - possibly email a pic to an amphibian specialist for a better idea.




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Yes I have tried numerous times but they don't seem to know what it is. Most have speculated that it is a benign tumour and that seems probable given that it doesn't appear to have negatively impacted on daily functioning or livelihood for 9 years.
 

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If it hasn't had any impact for 9 years, I'm of the vet's opinion that it's benign and there's nothing to worry about. It looks like an oddly colored tumor to me. If it hasn't grown or done anything to the axolotl, then it's not likely a parasite or fungal growth. Have the vets ever taken a sample of it at all? I'd imagine that the only way to know what it really is would be to take a cutting of it.
 

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It has to be something that is due to water or something I’ve seen three differ t things with the same issue I need help I’m in Washington and there really isn’t an aquarium doctor around here
 

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It has to be something that is due to water or something I’ve seen three differ t things with the same issue I need help I’m in Washington and there really isn’t an aquarium doctor around here
im also in Washington, there are a few specialists in the seattle area if you search google for "amphibian vet" they should pop up. i havent had to call one yet so they might not have much axolotl experience however.

have you done any treatments yet? my general advice would be to isolate in a smaller container and change the water twice a day first, then i would probably dose with Furan-2 to rule out the various bacterial/fungal infections that medicine treats. if there's still no improvement or it worsens after 3-5 days of treatment then i would be looking for any sign that would indicate if its not just a tumor. axolotls get tumors fairly often and sometimes it doesnt hurt them at all
if you think it may be related to water quality the first thing to check is water hardness around here, im in seattle and the tap water comes out 0 everything with a low pH of 6.5-6.8. i add seachem equilibrium and alkaline buffer to keep my tanks in the ideal ranges shown here
 
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