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Hello All,

I reconnected with a friend who had an axolotl. She moved into an apartment where they wouldn't allow her to have a fish tank. She gave it to her mother who didn't know how to take care of the fish or what it even was. After visiting with her I asked to see her fish and she directed me to her tank. She fish looked so skinny and awful. I begged her to let me take it and nurse it back to health (if possible.) The container was a temp container I put it in so I could set up a new tank and cycle that water. I gave it some pellets to eat, It also had some blood worms. Please advise me on what to do.
 

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Hello All,

I reconnected with a friend who had an axolotl. She moved into an apartment where they wouldn't allow her to have a fish tank. She gave it to her mother who didn't know how to take care of the fish or what it even was. After visiting with her I asked to see her fish and she directed me to her tank. She fish looked so skinny and awful. I begged her to let me take it and nurse it back to health (if possible.) The container was a temp container I put it in so I could set up a new tank and cycle that water. I gave it some pellets to eat, It also had some blood worms. Please advise me on what to do.
Well, first, an axolotl is an amphibian, not a fish. It may seem like a very small distinction, but it's really important since, like many amphibians, axolotls absorb things through their skin. This means that their water must be very good. It's also important because a lot of products that are safe for fish (water conditioners, food, etc.) are NOT safe for axolotls.

You mentioned that you had a tank cycling. Is it now fully cycled? If not, you will need to do 50% water changes every 12 hours or so until it is fully cycled.

Here's a list/description of the bare minimum things you will need:

-Aquarium: you will need at least a 20 gallon long

-Filter: I really recommend sponge filters, which are easy to set up, work well, and don't have a super strong current

-air pump: this powers the filter. I recommend a Tetra whisper pump.

-airline tubing: again, goes with the filter

-aquarium thermometer: axolotl water temperature must be below 70 Fahrenheit. Ideal temperature range is 62-65 degrees F.

-water test kit: API's Masterclass Freshwater Kit is best. Do not use strip tests, as these have a reputation of being inaccurate. This is one of your most important tools. Your readings should come out as such with a fully cycled tank:

Ph: 7.2-7.6
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: below 40

Any other readings can mean something really problematic is happening.

-Earthworms: these are the ideal food source for axolotls. European or Canadian nightcrawlers are the best, though red wigglers can work too. Bloodworms work for very young axolotls who can't eat the larger worms even when they're cut up, but they cannot be a long term food option because they're basically the potato chip of the axolotl world. Pellets designed specifically for amphibians work too; I personally use Invert Aquatics (on Amazon) but many other owners also recommend Hikari sinking pellets

-5 gallon bucket: this helps you do water changes/treatments

-siphon: very important tool for doing water changes

-water conditioner: you will need this to remove chlorine and chloramines from tap water. Seachem Prime is perfect for this as it also helps to detoxify ammonia and is not toxic for axolotls




Other things that you should get ASAP, but aren't urgent:

-aquarium fan or chiller: this helps keep the water at a good temperature

-hides: helps your axolotl feel safe. Can be as simple as a terracotta pot or PVC pipe.

-plants: ideally use live plants. This will help deal with the nitrates and provide some amusement. Many axolotl owners use marimo moss balls.



Always be sure to thoroughly clean EVERYTHING before putting it into the aquarium, but never ever EVER use soap.
 

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I have one Axie already. I am still in the process of cycling. Do you have any recommendations on the gills?
 

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I have one Axie already. I am still in the process of cycling. Do you have any recommendations on the gills?
I personally don't have a lot of experience with helping an axolotl grow back its gills, but like with any healing/regeneration for axolotls, the most important things are to keep its water clean, give it nutritious food, and keep it as comfortable as possible. With this particular issue, you'll also want to do whatever you can to keep the water as oxygenated as possible (live plants, cold water, airstone/sponge filter, etc.)
 
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    Hello guys! I was wondering about nitrates in an axolotl tank. If there are 0 nitrates, will that harm the axolotl?
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  • AMurry24537:
    0 nitrates doesn't sound dangerous, but it does sound very unlikely if the tank is fully cycled. Are you positive you're performing the test correctly? If you're using the API one, that is by far the trickiest test to do right. If the reading is correct, I would guess that either your tank is not cycled, you just did like a 100% water change, or that you have plants sucking up the nitrates, but even those shouldn't leave you with 0.
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    0 is fine unless the tank isn't cycled. Most tanks definitely won't run at 0, but I've had fast growing emergent plants drop nutrients so low that other plants like floaters were choked out and began dying so it isn't impossible. Some less sensitive kits may read 0 but they are just not precise enough to give an accurate low level reading too.
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    Hey Yall my Axolotl has this like tail thats like a dent on the top, I was told it was meant stress but idk whats stressing out my Axolotl. The plants recently gotten moved since they were falling apart but like she's been eating/pooping fine and the temp and water tests are good for the Axolotl. So I don't really know whats causing her to be stress. Does anyone know anything?
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    Post a picture of the dent (in the "Sick Axolotl" thread) please
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    Hey guys! I’m having an issue with my filter and was hoping for some suggestions. I use an aqua clear 20-50 gallon filter for my 20 gallon axolotl tank. It has worked great since I got it back in December! Recently though, I’ve noticed the flow of the water has turned into more of an intense trickle than a constant flow (if that makes any sense?) I thought it may be something was stuck in the filter or maybe the sponge needed to be swished around in tank water, so I did both of these and it still trickles. It’s a very strong trickle, so the tank is still getting good filtration. It is just so loud and I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else and if there’s a way to fix it?
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  • AMurry24537:
    Hmm, I don't know much about those filters, and I'm having trouble picturing what you mean, but could it be simply that your filtration media is arranged in a different way? Or maybe you're losing water content to evaporation? Just throwing out ideas. 😁 Again, I don't really know much about that kind of filter
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  • CrazyForLotls:
    Hello all. My male axolotl's cloaca hasn't been looking quite right for 13 days. When I first noticed it, I immediately checked the temperature of his tank and it was around 70-71. Way too warm for him, so I took him out and have had him tubbed in the basement ever since. The temperature of his water is now 64-65. The issue seems to be that one 'half' of his cloaca is flared out and has white fuzzy stuff on it. It almost looks like a bunch of little white spikes of hair. Only one half is this way. Sometimes said half is flared out almost all the way, and other times it's almost completely back inside of him. I had him in tea baths overnight for probably five days, and then a solid 24 hours of mild tea for around three days. I don't remember exactly, my apologies.
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  • CrazyForLotls:
    Since it was looking better (not flared out so I couldn't tell if it was still fuzzy) I put him back in plain, dechlorinated water. He gets daily water changes, always dechlorinated. The tea I used was plain black tea. The brand was Lipton and it came in a large box, purchased from the grocery store. Does anybody know what this could be? I found a couple old threads with a similar issue, but nobody ever replied to them. I can post a thread if you'd like some pictures, but they aren't very good. My camera was having trouble focusing and my axolotl kept moving.
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    @Audrey22, A salt bath *might* be a good idea, but I have never heard of them used for anything but axolotls. I would think as simplistic of a setup as possible would be best. Are you a member of the newts & salamanders group on facebook? You might have better luck getting more information quickly there! lots of the same members as here.
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    Ok ill on Facebook too. Thanks. I've heard tea or salt and also neosporin. Do axolots breathe and absorb through their skin like sallies? Thats what I'm afraid of. Because I don't want them to absorb salt if that will hurt them. Anyways, I'll look at Facebook too
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    I need guidance… my lotls been struggling. How do i tell if theres anything noticably wrong woth Trudeau? I dont see a way to post a pic here. Hes got like a pinkish spine like down back but everything else looks normal i think. Trixie( my MEL) has been pretty good i think. Both in same tank. Eat same food etc.
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    @gulickje, could you make a thread in the sick axolotls section? You can put pictures there and it's easier for multiple people with axolotl knowledge to help you out. For now, we can't do much without seeing it and asking lots of questions. What is the water temperature? What's the tank like? (substrate, water conditions, any sharp decorations?) What are your water parameters? Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, pH, etc.
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    Hello... I was wondering if someone could please check out the thread I posted, I’m genuinely concerned for my Axolotl.
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    It’s under the axolotl section “ baby axolotl broken fingers ? “
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    I saw it. It looks like the axie may have regrown those fingers after being nipped and they grew weird
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    Thank you for responding. His fingers were fine the day before I used the net, his fingers were perfectly fine and I don’t have any other axies so I knew he definitely he wasn’t nipped
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    When I noticed his little fingers were split, after I used the net
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