Red patches on my axolotl??

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It literally feels like everything that could be going wrong with my leucistic axolotl is going wrong this month!! I'd posted a thread previously about how she'd been swimming violently and floating a lot about two weeks ago. For around a week, she's been fine, and then today, I noticed she's turning red! She's got large red splotches all over her body and I'm not sure what's causing them. She's currently tubbed in cold dechlorinated water. At first, I thought it was ammonia burn, but here are the stats of the tank I moved her from: temp at 65 degrees, pH is at 7.0, ammonia at 0 ppm, nitrite 0 ppm, nitrate 40 ppm.

I use Seachem Prime and API stress coat. She eats a nightcrawler every day. She ate tonight about an hour ago, despite appearing unwell. My melanoid axolotl who shares the tank with her appears to be fine, but I tubbed it too just for good measure. Not sure if this is enough for them! If anybody's seen something like this, I would appreciate any advice you have to offer
 

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Stop using Stress coat ASAP

Get this one tubbed ASAP in Prime treated water ONLY.

Aloe in Stresscoat can be a huge problem with slime coat and breathing.

Red patches are generally chemical burns, slime coat irratation, severe infection or trauma.
 

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Stop using Stress coat ASAP

Get this one tubbed ASAP in Prime treated water ONLY.

Aloe in Stresscoat can be a huge problem with slime coat and breathing.

Red patches are generally chemical burns, slime coat irratation, severe infection or trauma.
Hi, thank you for the advice! I moved her last night into Prime treated water. This morning her skin appears to be slightly less irritated, although when I was looking over the tub I noticed all these white/translucent particles floating around in the water. I wonder if that's her slime coat shedding (I should've taken a picture to be sure but I was focused on getting her into clean water). I had absolutely no idea Stresscoat could be bad for axolotls, this whole time I thought it would be good for situations like this. Thank you for letting me know!
 

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Its most likely slime coat.
While she is tubbed do a few water changes on your tank to get the stress coat really diluted.
Either a few daily 50% or a 75% then a 50% in 2 days and another 50% 2 days after that.

I find Leucistics to be the most sensitive of all the morphs.

Hi, thank you for the advice! I moved her last night into Prime treated water. This morning her skin appears to be slightly less irritated, although when I was looking over the tub I noticed all these white/translucent particles floating around in the water. I wonder if that's her slime coat shedding (I should've taken a picture to be sure but I was focused on getting her into clean water). I had absolutely no idea Stresscoat could be bad for axolotls, this whole time I thought it would be good for situations like this. Thank you for letting me know!
 
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