Illness/Sickness: Not sure if sick? Axolotl refusing to eat and water parameters are all clear. PLEASE HELP!!

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Hello all,
I just got my first Axie in August, and I'm relatively new to tank keeping in general (I know, I'm dumb). My little guy (going to use male pronouns because why not) is less than a year old (roughly 4-5 months according to Underground Reptiles) and he was doing really well until recently.

He was eating about 1 whole nightcrawler every day (after I cut it up into edible sized pieces, of course), but his appetite had a sudden 180, and now he straight up refuses to eat them! I have bloodworms (frozen) that I did occasionally feed him, just to give him some variety, and he'll take a few of those and then not eat. He'll curl his gills forward and back against the tank walls! It breaks my heart, because he was so happy and hungry last week.

I don't know if he's sick or just super stressed. I just did a rather large water change about three days ago, because my nitrates were at about 80ppm, and I moved him to a separate container for the duration of it to avoid stressing him too much. He was thrashing about in the container for the first minute or so, but seemed fine after that. But, now he refuses to eat and I'm worried I'm going to lose my baby. PLEASE HELP!
 
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  • MVM1991:
    As long as its cleaned yeah! You can even make overhangs if you have enough pieces to make nice caves and platforms
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  • Mark.H:
    Ok, thanks!
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  • MVM1991:
    My pleasure! River rocks work well too, and go rather well with all kinda lung less salamanders,
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  • Mark.H:
    Great! I'll use some of those too. Thanks for the help. :)
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  • Tinky:
    So everywhere talks about testing your water parameters but I can't find what to do it there aren't right?! Like too low not too high, anybody any ideas?
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  • jnerdx:
    It’s very dry in Colorado. I make sure to spritz every night so while I’m sleeping. I have a nifty hydrometer that I got from Walmart. It tells me blue, green, red; too little humid, good, too much respectively. It’s been helpful to me.
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    It tells me temperature AND humidity.
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  • MVM1991:
    Where'd you get that? Or is it just a combo from petsmart or something?
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  • jnerdx:
    I’m pretty sure I got it at a Walmart.
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  • jnerdx:
    I just looked it up to see if I can find it again. It’s actually a hyGROmeter and temperature. Which measures the dew point. Here is the difference between due point and humidity. https://www.weather.gov/arx/why_dewpoint_vs_humidityYou can calculate Th relative
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    the relative humidity using the dew point measurement.
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    Here is the product I purchased:
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  • jnerdx:
    it has a stand. And I had a spare suction from my filter. So it’s on the wall of my Sal’s enclosure.
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  • jnerdx:
    That’s a pic of it in the enclosure.
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  • MVM1991:
    Nice! Also, from what I can see you have an amazing setup! What species?
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    S. S. Gigliolli
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  • MVM1991:
    Ooo nice!
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    Thank you! I tried to share the video but unsuccessful. You can see it on my IG story @jnerdx
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    Cool! I just have a tiger and a long tail, who we are trying to find as he ESCAPED INTO MY ROOM!
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  • LauraLobster:
    Hey y'all, recently my juvenile axolotl's tail has been floating and can swim down but his tail lifts to an angle and I believe that it is stressing him out. He gets in between his plants to balance himself and I am cleaning out the bottom of the tank with my baster. I believe I overfed him and he also may have eaten many air bubbles. He's been like this for nearly 1 1/2 days.
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    What would be the best thing to do ?
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