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LauraChristie27

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Hi everyone,
This is my first time raising Axolotls in general, the two at my work had eggs randomly and I’m trying my best to raise them.
Axies are about a month old now, maybe slightly less, approx 1.5cm no front or back legs that I can see yet.

I have noticed a couple of them have bright red bellies constantly, does anyone know what this is? I know the pinker part would be the brine shrimp it has eaten, but any idea what the darker red part along the length of the body is? Not sure if it’s normal or not. I have attached a photo for reference.

Also they’re all really small and don’t seem to be growing very much at all. The weather has been fairly cool over the last month but we are getting quite a few warmer days now, so I thought they’d be showing some growth by now.
Any advice?
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Its a fuzzy picture but the back darker part is the poop at a month you should have front legs and be approximately 1 inch long.

How often are you feeding? water changing?
 

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Are they tubbed?

Larvae do best with once or twice daily water changes as the BBS causes water quality issues.
I’m not sure what you mean by tubbed. They’re currently in a 40L tank, with very very shallow water, maybe only a cm deep, they also have an air stone to aerate the water.
Unfortunately due to my long work days, I just don’t have the time to do 2 water changes a day. I’ll see what I can manage though.
 

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I use plastic food grade containers to raise my larva in - communal until they start to hit the cannibalistic stage then into deli cups to keep them from attacking each other. I water change the tubs 100% minimum of once a day and ideally twice a day.

I attached 2 photos of 1 month old larva raised this way - they all have full front legs and back leg nubs.
The rack is how I house them once they start getting back legs as thats my cue they will start having nibbing issues.

I’m not sure what you mean by tubbed. They’re currently in a 40L tank, with very very shallow water, maybe only a cm deep, they also have an air stone to aerate the water.
Unfortunately due to my long work days, I just don’t have the time to do 2 water changes a day. I’ll see what I can manage though.
 

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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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    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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    Hey, does anyone know if hot glue is fine to glue rocks together?
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    Should be. Hot glue is good when dry I believe, just don't let it get too hot and you should be good. Most super glues are good as well just watch out for flume warnings
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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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    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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    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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    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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  • HalfDrunkToast:
    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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