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Newbie axolotl owner with a possibly constipated water dragon...help?

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Hi,
I got my baby axolotl in July. He (Skittles) is awesome and I've had so much fun with him! He is still eating bloodworms at feeding time and swimming around...his water tests out great...but, he hasn't pooped in three days. I notice that the area right at the base of his tail is swollen, so I'm guessing he is constipated. His tank does have very fine sand on the bottom, so I'm concerned about that, and the temperature of his tank is 62 degrees-64 degrees. I just read about putting him in the refrigerator? That seems scary, but is that what I need to do to help him? I so appreciate your help-

Sarah
 

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Hi,
I got my baby axolotl in July. He (Skittles) is awesome and I've had so much fun with him! He is still eating bloodworms at feeding time and swimming around...his water tests out great...but, he hasn't pooped in three days. I notice that the area right at the base of his tail is swollen, so I'm guessing he is constipated. His tank does have very fine sand on the bottom, so I'm concerned about that, and the temperature of his tank is 62 degrees-64 degrees. I just read about putting him in the refrigerator? That seems scary, but is that what I need to do to help him? I so appreciate your help-

Sarah
I have HEARD that you can tub the axolotl in the refrigerator if you are afraid they are blocked up. This will slow their metabolism and allow them to pass the blockage or poo.
 

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do not fridge, its very dangerous and ONLY for life or death situations. blood worms aren't a good staple diet, you need earthworms, pallets or repashy. 3 days isn't too concerning just keep the water as cool as you can and he should be fine
 
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    yeah, im heading over tomorrow morning to move him to this house and feed him. Thanks for the help!
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  • Shane_Yogurt:
    So my axolotl tank cycle just crashed and while i was in the middle of a water change my bucket overflowed and spilled water all of the ground in my brand new home. This is going super well 👍
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    ooff
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    good luck recycling the tank!
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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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  • John:
    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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  • JulMl:
    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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  • Asmold1:
    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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  • JulMl:
    Thank you so much !!
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  • Asmold1:
    I private messaged you a bit clearer instructions just in case
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    Where can I get blackworms?
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  • John:
    Ebay or Eastern Aquatics
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    Does anyone know someone who can ship axolotls to hawaii? I recently did a water change and my axolotl died and there are no axos for sale right now.
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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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