Illness/Sickness: Please help axolotl tail

JustenT

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Okay so I have a Axolotl here, she was a rescue. I have 2 in the tank. I’ve always done water changes almost every 3 days, and I pick up the poop whenever I notice it. They where never perfect, the previous owners where terriable. But I still love them, I’ve had them for 6-7 months. Water is at 65-68 degrees right now. I noticed a small decay (no idea what it is) on my white Axolotl. I moved her to the fridge. It has really changed with in the time she has been in there. I do daily water changes on the tub, she lost all color the first week. But has now gotten it all back. She starting to look better. I don’t know if the decay was maybe the tail being caught on the drift wood that was in the tank, and it was regrowing, or if maybe her brother took a bite. It hasn’t spread, and doesn’t look like fin rot.

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20 Gallon long,
2 small Axolotl, 1 male, 1 female,
Decors terra-cotta pots, (previously had drift wood)
Medium sponge filter, 2x week wager changes,
Bare bottom, with light sand, for grip.
Light only used when doing maintence.
65-68 DEGREES
 

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Okay, so many details needed.

First pics please. Hard to research it without seeing it.

Second, water parameters; adding an axolotl drastically increases the bioload, so I expect your beneficial bacteria cant keep up. Can you provide ammonia, nitrite and nitrates? And because color loss can indicate annemia, pH wouldnt hurt either.
 

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The tank was properly cycled, and has been running for months, around 6-7.
I tested the water and it was perfect.
 

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Unfortunately with the description you provided and no pic, I really am not certain. "Decay" could be, as you suggested, a bite or tear, but could also be bacterial problem or even a fungal one. Without a pic, I would just say as long as she is on the mend and it doesnt happen again, I wouldnt be too concerned. Just keep an eye on it.
 
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    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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    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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    What would be the best thing to do ?
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    Ok, thanks! I am going to glue together the shale I mentioned.
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  • Kwags:
    hello, I am currently tubbing my axolotl due to cycling the tank. I have read different answers on how many times to do a 100% water change a day when tubbing. Some say once and some say twice. I just want to actually ask and get answers for myself. Thank
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  • Murk:
    As often as you need to keep the water clean! Since you´re cycling, I assume you have a test kit. Just test a few times to see how long it takes for your ammonia to go up, and as soon as it does, change the water.
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  • Kwags:
    Yes,I have the master test kit. Thank you! So just test the water in the tub that my axolotl is in now to gauge off of for changing?
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    That´s the most accurate. Depends on the size of the tub etc. - you just want to make sure the water is always clean
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  • Kwags:
    When little axolotls are tubbed is it common for them to get a little more spunky then usual? Water temps around 64-65 F and has been changed today with prime added
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    Uh. That depends on your definition of "spunky"?
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    @Kwags, how big?
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    my baby hes tubed and hes a wild child xD
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    Swimming like crazy. A little more pep in his step. I think about 3 inches.
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    Hi does anyone know if jungle fungus clear is safe to use for my axolotl? She has some either fungus or bacterial growth on her fillibrae and maybe body and I read that's good to use if you aren't sure if the problem is bacterial or fungal
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    I have not heard of that before.
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  • EasternRomioi3:
    That jungle fungus clear. I've been dealing with some fungus with my axolotl on and off this summer. The Holtsfreter solution and water changes just seem to do the trick after a bit
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    Where do you get the holtsfreter solution? I've been upping water changes but salt bath seems to be more stressful/harmful than beneficial because she does not like to be caught!
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    Anyone know how to harden soft water without raising pH?
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