Illness/Sickness: My Axolotl Has Lost Almost It's Gills!

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This is Pat. I've had him for about six months and a few weeks after I set up a new tank after moving, he started losing his gills. I used to have some minnows in the tank with him so I took them out five days ago though nothing seems to have changed. Is this normal or is it some sort of sickness?
 

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Help! My Axolotl is starting to lose it's skin. The slime covering him seems to be peeling of and floating to the surface of the tank! What do I do? I have a water tester showing NO3 = 40 NO2 = 0.5 pH = 7 KH = 50 GH 18.
 

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This is Pat. I've had him for about six months and a few weeks after I set up a new tank after moving, he started losing his gills. I used to have some minnows in the tank with him so I took them out five days ago though nothing seems to have changed. Is this normal or is it some sort of sickness?
Fish should never be kept with axolotls. A lot of the damage could be from the minnows nipping at his gills, it is definitely not normal. What are your water parameters?
 

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Water test from yesterday is shown in last reply. Did a complete water change and redid the tank layout with a live plant yesterday and left the water to sit for 24 hours. The test with the new water is:
NO3: 10
NO2: 0
PH: 7
KH: 80
GH: 180
 

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No signs of gills anywhere anymore. Posting here was useless. Thanks for nothing...
 

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Could be the fish nipping at the gills, have you noticed them going at the axolotl at all? What temperature is the water, and do you have an ammonia test kit? If there is ammonia in the tank this can cause gill shrinkage.
If you can I would tub the axolotl and do 100% water changes daily in the tub. Keep temps under 18 degrees celcius and use indian almond leaves to encourage recovery.
Is it eating okay?
 
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    @Lanalotl Sounds like the gills may have been nipped by the tank mate. If he is in his own tank and the parameters etc are all good, then he should grow them back and they should go back to full health and strength. However, depending on how old the injury is they may not fully grow back if they have been constantly nipped at.
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    Can anyone tell me why this is happening? We just did a water change and after freaking out and whipping around the tank, an hour later they look like this. It won't let me send a pic. The edges of their gills are white and it looks like they have skin shedding off
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    That sounds like severe skin damage. If you post a thread on the forum, you can attach pictures.
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    It sounds like something went wrong with the water change, so this could be very dangerous. Did you use a dechlorinator? Could it be there are traces of chlorine or soap in the water? (Or for example, in the bucket you used?)
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    Normally, I would recommend taking them out of the tank asap and putting them in a tub with fresh water, but if there's something wrong with your tap water or dechlorinator, that might not help either. Do you have acces to bottled water or rain water?
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