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Urgent help needed for juvenile axolotl!

M0mii

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My friend got a young axolotl a month ago, he’s alone in a 60L tank, bare bottom with a hide. He got a water change 2 weeks ago and gets shrimp everyday, I’m not too sure about the parameters; they used the filter from their other axolotl’s tank to cycle and prepare the tank for this one. He was fine up until few days ago when we noticed the fungus on him, gave him salt baths for 3 days which didn’t seem to help and made the sores on his body worse so he has been in a tea bath for a few hours now.
We tried offering him bloodworms which he refused.
The owner has been too afraid to google or ask for help in fear of being told they’re losing him after waiting so long to get him and I have very little knowledge on axolotls but have been trying my best but I’m scared what I’ve been reading and being told isn’t working so I’m hoping someone has advice.
I have read indian almond leaves help but it would take days if not weeks for it to arrive here, sadly.. and no fish medicine has been used on him.
 

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He looks bad... Keep his water clean and cool. Get yourself an API Master freshwater test kit, should be about $25 but worth every penny. We need to know the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels. Do you have a local fish store? They may carry Indian almond leaves. Fantaxies also carries a fungus medication specifically for axolotls. I have no first hand experience with axolotl diseases, but have heard these recommended. Shrimp is not a nutritious diet for the axolotl, neither is bloodworms. Look for black worms, soft axolotl pellets on amazon, or red wrigglers or night crawlers. You could also go dig up an earth worm. Make sure you cut it up small enough for the axolotl to easily eat.
 

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My friend got a young axolotl a month ago, he’s alone in a 60L tank, bare bottom with a hide. He got a water change 2 weeks ago and gets shrimp everyday, I’m not too sure about the parameters; they used the filter from their other axolotl’s tank to cycle and prepare the tank for this one. He was fine up until few days ago when we noticed the fungus on him, gave him salt baths for 3 days which didn’t seem to help and made the sores on his body worse so he has been in a tea bath for a few hours now.
We tried offering him bloodworms which he refused.
The owner has been too afraid to google or ask for help in fear of being told they’re losing him after waiting so long to get him and I have very little knowledge on axolotls but have been trying my best but I’m scared what I’ve been reading and being told isn’t working so I’m hoping someone has advice.
I have read indian almond leaves help but it would take days if not weeks for it to arrive here, sadly.. and no fish medicine has been used on him.
Wow... this axolotl is in dire need of help from a vet. The axolotls diet cannot be based only on shrimp and blood worms, those are snacks he needs fatty foods like night crawlers and pellets. I literally have no advice due to its current state and my belief of getting a vet help especially due to how bad in shape the axolotl is in. I truly hope this little axolotl pulls through.
 
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  • axolotl nerd:
    betta*
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  • Asholotl:
    Just got to cycle the water. keep the water nice betas are pretty easy since they are very hardy, and they tend to glow once you give them the right attention. ive had a few. they are my go to fish to be honest.
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  • axolotl nerd:
    interesting.
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  • Nichill:
    Hi I'm a bit worried about our axolotl Berry she's approx 4 months old . She had a big meal yesterday of blood worm and today is very restless she's been swimming around all day and trying to get to the top sometimes not making it. Her tummy does seem really full even though she has had 2 poops . There's no gravel in her tank she's on sand . My water seems fine
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  • Nichill:
    Amonia 0 nitrite 0 and pH 7
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  • axolotl nerd:
    pictures would be very helpful- this could possibly be an emergency if it is something like bloat
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  • Nichill:
    I can't seem to upload a pic I've just searched bloat and it's nothing as severe as on there . How do I upload a pic
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  • Nichill:
    I have done another water check and my pH has gone down
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  • rads:
    Hey y’all! So I just had a quick question. I had a well established cycled tank. I added in a sand substrate that I had previously had in the tank (when it cycled the first time). It recycled and everything was golden. As I was re-adding it I noticed a smell to it but figured it was just “fish” smell. I also have a cat. Long story short, I think the cat managed to find the sand, pee in it, and because I was already suspicious I tested my tank just in case a few hours later to find my ammonia 2.0! I pulled my axolotl out and have done a 75% change. Prior to sand earlier today ammonia was 0. So do I add the ammonia blocker or stick to water changes?
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  • rads:
    The tank should be cycled but I believe the sand added too much ammonia that normally wouldn’t be an issue. So I’m thinking ammonia block for the next few days, but then won’t the ammonia just sit there since it can’t be processed? The safer bet is always going to be water changes I know,
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  • axolotl nerd:
    i have no words, honestly. this is like the time i accidentally dropped a worm in the sink and it was never heard from again, just a big “whoops” that i don’t know how to fix— my best advice//what i’d personally do is remove the sand entirely, remove all water, keep the filter media, and just recycle while your axie is tubbed. the sheer amount of ammonia in car urine is insane, and i’m impressed your axolotl survived
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  • rads:
    It was within the span of maybe two hours at most lol. I’ll do that and I have a second tank with lotls in it that has just enough room to temporarily keep them in it. I read up on it and decided to dose with ammo lock since it’s not a cycling tank and was cycled already along with water changes.
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    Hello everyone :]
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    hiiiii!! currently on my way to typing out a welcome speech on your thread :)
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    Aaa ty
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    Happy 2022 everybody! 😁
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  • DeCypher:
    I used to breed axolotls, since I was 14, and sell and barter with people here. Now I’m 24 and the axolotls are fancy breeds for a ton of money. Does anyone have 2 or 3 wilds?
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    or leucistics
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    I have a wild male with protein gene. I soon plan on getting a Lucy female soon.
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  • Nichill:
    Hi just need a bit of advice since I added plants to my tank (java fern ) my nitrate level has gone up to 0.5 what can I do to get them back down . My axolotl seems to love the plants so don't really want to take them out . Thanks
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  • britt6393:
    Hi new to forum and new to axolotl. Checked water parameters this am ph 7.6, high range ph 7.8, ammonia between 0 and 0.25 ppm, nitrate 5.0 ppm, nitrite 0. Should i water change or will this mess up the tank? Thank you
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  • bhollow:
    @britt6393, those water parameters sound good i dont think you need to do a water change. youd do one when the nitrates reach 20ppm
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    Hello Chat!
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