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These are my 2 Axies Phoenix and toothless

there not eating
hardly moving
lost all their slim
feel stiff when I try to move them
both have lost weight
both have white stuff on their gills/frills

they were in a much bigger tank with sand and lots of hides and other axies

both have like this for about 3-4 days....

water feels quite cold to me but I’m not sure if this is the issue..... we coming into winter and the temperatures have been quite cold lately

other axies are fine and doing what they normally do...

toothless and phoenix are both other and bigger than the other ones

help....I’m really worried about my babies....
 

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They are currently in small tank I separated them as they sick... they are normally kept in a 3ft tank...
You say the water "feels cold", but do you actually have a thermometer on the tank? Knowing the exact temperature is important.
What are your water parameters? Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, pH?

What kind of chemicals, if any, are you using in your tanks? Water conditioner? dechlorinator? ect
 

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Water parameters of both tanks?
* Also the water being cold is a good sign because they prefer colder water.
* It's preferred to tub them and do water changes throughout the day.
* Indian Almond leaves can help with skin/slime coat

I haven't dealt with this but here is how others dealt with it:

* 2 of my axolotls had fungus recently and I did use tea, mainly to soothe though, whilst keeping Crystal clean water and the temperate nice and cold with lots of water changes. It cleared right up. -from [B]emdalliance[/B]

* But for fungus I have always done mild salt baths and found they worked really quickly and effectively. -from [B]Axl Rose[/B]

*Personally i have used tea baths with good results. Though i only use it for treatments of the skin, such as any irritation or problems with the slime coat. I am also in favor of Indian Almond leaf forsimilar reasons, though it is a good idea to keep a close eye on PH as it can soften the water greatly. -from [B]puzzle[/B]
 

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Water parameters of both tanks?
* Also the water being cold is a good sign because they prefer colder water.
* It's preferred to tub them and do water changes throughout the day.
* Indian Almond leaves can help with skin/slime coat

I haven't dealt with this but here is how others dealt with it:

* 2 of my axolotls had fungus recently and I did use tea, mainly to soothe though, whilst keeping Crystal clean water and the temperate nice and cold with lots of water changes. It cleared right up. -from [B]emdalliance[/B]

* But for fungus I have always done mild salt baths and found they worked really quickly and effectively. -from [B]Axl Rose[/B]

*Personally i have used tea baths with good results. Though i only use it for treatments of the skin, such as any irritation or problems with the slime coat. I am also in favor of Indian Almond leaf forsimilar reasons, though it is a good idea to keep a close eye on PH as it can soften the water greatly. -from [B]puzzle[/B]
What doesnt make sense is why it’s only the 2 older bigger axies that are affected the 4 younger smaller ones who are still in the 3ft tank are absolutely fine.... eating swimming playing not a damn thing wrong with them...
 

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What doesnt make sense is why it’s only the 2 older bigger axies that are affected the 4 younger smaller ones who are still in the 3ft tank are absolutely fine.... eating swimming playing not a damn thing wrong with them...
I still don't see where you have answered our questions about water parameters, ect. Can't help answer that question until you give us a little more info.
 

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I still don't see where you have answered our questions about water parameters, ect. Can't help answer that question until you give us a little more info.
If it was the water then wouldn’t all of them have the same problem.? Not just 2? It’s not the water because even in the separated tank they are still not improving....
 

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If it was the water then wouldn’t all of them have the same problem.? Not just 2? It’s not the water because even in the separated tank they are still not improving....
Not necessarily. Knowing your water parameters is a very basic question that helps establish a baseline for the conditions of your aquarium. There is a reason I ask for that information, along with wanting to know what kind of additives/chemicals you are using in the tank. You asked for help and I'm trying to help you, but I can't do that without more information
 

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Not necessarily. Knowing your water parameters is a very basic question that helps establish a baseline for the conditions of your aquarium. There is a reason I ask for that information, along with wanting to know what kind of additives/chemicals you are using in the tank. You asked for help and I'm trying to help you, but I can't do that without more information
It’s ok. Thanks... both axies that were in the separated tank left me 2 HUGE presents this morning.... they have now got all their slime back and are eating again.... they have been returned back to their normal tank.... although the black one may end up back in the separate tank as I’ve noticed one of the younger axies is nipping at her toes....

I guess I just worry and panic too easily with these two... as they are my original 2....
 

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It’s ok. Thanks... both axies that were in the separated tank left me 2 HUGE presents this morning.... they have now got all their slime back and are eating again.... they have been returned back to their normal tank.... although the black one may end up back in the separate tank as I’ve noticed one of the younger axies is nipping at her toes....

I guess I just worry and panic too easily with these two... as they are my original 2....
What about the fungus?
 

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Uhh that’s too small for 6 axies? 20 gallon for 1 and +10 gallons for every axie you add.
yeah that’s far too small, i’d suggest splitting everyone up or getting a bigger tank
 

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I don't k now if it's so much the room but the water volume. That's a small amount of water for a large amount of messy axolotls.
 

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Bare minimum for 6 axolotls is a 75 gallon tank. That's 4 feet long, 18in wide and 21in high. Personally, I don't keep more than 5 in my 75 gallon tank.
 
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