Need advise for my Axolotl

axie_mom

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I am a first time owner of an axolotl. Her name is Tesla, I’ve had her for 4 months now. (I’m not sure of her full age, but her fingers just recently turned dark for maturity.)
Anyways, I live in Texas and just recently had to evacuate from Hurricane Laura. (I was not going to leave her behind!) I managed to travel with her while maintaining her stable temperature (64-66) by using a 1 gallon tank/w filter, fan and styrofoam cooler.
- My problem is once we returned home, the house was without power for 10+ days and her tanks water temp was 81-85degrees with no filter running. Once the power came back on I did a half water change and was able to get the temperature stable. I did a 5-n-1 test strip and it looked fine...
After the 4th day of her being back in her tank, I noticed her gills had a white feathery/ fungus look. I had removed her asap and she’s back into a temporary 1 gallon tank. I haven’t seen any more puffy white stuff since then, it’s been about 5days now w/ daily 40% water changes. She hasn’t gotten worse, and seems to act normal, BUT Her gills Do Not look the same... they are shortened and loss of filaments!
I am so worried.
-So what had happened to her gills?
-Will she grow them back?
-If so, how long will it take?
-What did I do wrong or how can I help her?
I notice she goes up for air a little more often.
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Scary, glad you took her with you!!

Your cycle likely crashed in the home tank - boo

You need to get a liquid test kit with ammonia to prove as the test strips only show nitrite and nitrate which also show inaccurate levels.

Do 100% daily water changes as ammonia is your issue which the strips do not test for and even what they do show are highly inaccurate at best.
Johns solution will help balance the minerals needed to help prevent future fungus and heal the current issues and promote new growth.
 

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Scary, glad you took her with you!!

Your cycle likely crashed in the home tank - boo

You need to get a liquid test kit with ammonia to prove as the test strips only show nitrite and nitrate which also show inaccurate levels.

Do 100% daily water changes as ammonia is your issue which the strips do not test for and even what they do show are highly inaccurate at best.
Johns solution will help balance the minerals needed to help prevent future fungus and heal the current issues and promote new growth.
 

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She looks like she's doing OK at least as far as fungus is concerned! I agree with Calgarycoppers about the gill dieback being due to your cycle crashing while you were away; once you get that cycle going again she should be doing just fine.
In terms of the going-up-for-air thing, that could be due to both the gill shortening causing her to get less oxygen from the water, and because she's in a very small tank right now. One gallon is definitely not very fun, I hope for her (and your) sake that your tank cycles fast!
 
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    His gills seem kinda small, I don't think that's normal but I'm not a huge expert on axolotls
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    Yeah his gills is kinda small and it can be caused by nitrate level, I am taking care of it atm, I am worried about his weight, is he only overfed or are there any kinds of problems there ?
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    Well, again, I'm no expert. But I did just read axolotls are supposed to have a body about as wide as their head. The gills I'd say are the biggest problem, which could reduce oxygen intake, which could make a whole mess of problems.
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