FYI: Very strange Axolotl color morph...

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jacob

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I found this guy the other day. He looks to be half albino and the other half leucistic, it's weird.

 
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kaysie

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A closeup would be warranted, but it looks like it has black eyes from here.
 
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paul-mark

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Does the little fellah have one black eye and one pink one?!
 
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jacob

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One eye is black. The other one looks like a white albino eye. The only thing weird about the albino eye is that if you look really close at it, you can see a few small black dots on it. I will for sure post more pics of this guy as he grows. One set of gill stalks (on the side w/the black eye) also have small freckles, but on the other set there is no pigment, just white body with pink gills.
 
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jacob

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Well, the eye does have some pigment, but it is not a black eye.
There also appears to be yellowish markings on it's gills and sides.

Has anyone seen anything like this before?
 
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kaysie

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Well, it's not albino, as then there would be no black pigment on the one side.

But it's definitely cool.
 
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paul-mark

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It looks seriously *special* Jacob! Can't wait to see it when it's a full-blown adult...

Where did you get it from or is it home-grown? I'm wondering, however, if the left eye is under-developed.
 
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jacob

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Yes, the axolotl was offspring from a cross of one of my original female wild-types, and a male white albino. Fortunately, I know which two they are. Even if the left eye is under-developed, I still like it. It is the strangest coloured one I've ever raised. I've been feeding it heavily with cyclops and separated it from the rest.
 
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cameron

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Maybe the second eye didn't develope correctly as an embryo in the egg. Just a thought.
 
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jacob

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I don't know, we'll see. It could turn out to be a patchy axolotl with one undersized eye.
 
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jacob

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Hey, that's a great name, I've just been calling him Gary. I think he'll be "Pirate" from now on.
 
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jacob

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the little guy (or girl) is doing good, I have been feeding it cyclops, daphnia and small fairy shrimp.
 
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jacob

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It's finally getting nubs of back legs, still growing fast like they tend to do
 
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annmarie

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Hey- very interesting guy. Cannot wait to see the further development of Pirate Gary's colouration.

On another note, this got me thinking, I wonder if chimerism in axolotl is possible. I have only heard of it in mammals. Myabe Mosaicism would be possible?
 
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  • Josiane:
    Ok, I'll go to the pet store this afternoon to get some pH up
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  • Paige1warren:
    one second, let me do some research
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  • Josiane:
    ok, thank you so much
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  • Paige1warren:
    Okay so what I found is lower pH can bring on the symptoms ur lil guy is having. Your pH isn’t too too low, but it is lower then recommended so it’s possible having him exposed to a low pH for an extended amount of time has caused him to be really stressed out and stopped eating. Is your tank with the sand still set up and running? And if so, what is the pH in that tank? I’m thinking a filtered tank might be the best for him, but still leave him in the tub until he seems to be improving. Could you send me a picture of the sand and of your little guy? I put my girl on sand when she was still fairly small and it is normally fine if the sand is fine.
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  • Josiane:
    Poor baby, this is all my fault.
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  • Paige1warren:
    if the tank isn’t set up, that’s okay. I would recommend today going and getting an air stone to put in the tub that hes currently in. Creating more aeration in the water can increase pH. You can also add 1 teaspoon of baking soda very slowly for 5 gallons of water to help. I don’t know much about the baking soda thing and I’m not sure how completely safe it is. This might help explain it a little better How to adjust the pH in your aquarium
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  • Josiane:
    The tank is still running, I am cycling it (for 2 weeks) with guppys
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  • Josiane:
    Probably too soon, I read it take 6-8 weeks to cycle
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  • Josiane:
    How can I upload a pic?
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  • Paige1warren:
    hey! Don’t blame it on yourself. It happens. Is this your first axie? I’m a newer owner as well if so (I’ve had mine since Oct). I know how scary it can be
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  • Josiane:
    He's my first yes...
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  • Paige1warren:
    if you have the API water test kit, check all the perimeters in the tank. We can check the cycling process with the perimeters. And I’m actually not sure how to upload a pic lololol I thought it would be easier but I tried it myself and now I’m confused! It says to attack a link, I’m not sure how that works
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  • Paige1warren:
    Dont beat yourself up over this, your little guy will be ok 😊
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  • Josiane:
    I will do that for sure this afternoon! I really hope he pulls through :( He's so freakin cute
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  • Josiane:
    Thanks for your help :)
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  • Paige1warren:
    You’re so welcome! Keep a close eye on him and try to offer food a couple times a day. Maybe try some pellets too for a different smell, might get him interested. Keep me updated!
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  • Josiane:
    Will do, thanks!
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  • Josiane:
    @Paige1warren, turns out my pH was spot on, the test strips I had used were no good. I bought an API kit and the levels are all fine. So not the issue :( I just posted in the forum
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  • Paige1warren:
    Hey @Josiane ! I just responded to your post. Your little guy actually looks fairly decent for his size despite not eating well. I think it is stress from the environment
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  • Paige1warren:
    Also I forgot to add to my response on ur thread, keep trying to feed him bloodworms and see if he will start to take them. If you get a turkey vaster you can suck up dethawed bloodworms and dangle them right infront of his nose, might get his interest.
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  • Josiane:
    I rotate between blood worms and brine shrimp. He's in my bedroom and will stay there for a while, I closed the light and just left a salt lamp on. I will bring him a hiding place right away! Isn't he the cutest thing! 😂
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  • Josiane:
    Thanks for the reassurance!!
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  • madcaplaughs:
    @Josiane An axolotl of your's size should be on a diet of chopped earthworms or live blackworms (if they're under 3"). Bloodworms and brine shrimp are not a sufficient diet.
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  • madcaplaughs:
    @Josiane Based on the photo, I believe there is a chance your axolotl may have become impacted from ingesting sand. Axolotls under 5" should not be kept on substrate for this reason.
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  • madcaplaughs:
    @Josiane The nearly diminished gill stalks are also indicative of poor water quality. You need to test your tap water's parameters using a liquid test kit (not strips! Those are inaccurate). The slime coat coming off may also be due to water quality or the water conditioner.
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    madcaplaughs: @Josiane The nearly diminished gill stalks are also indicative of poor water quality. You need... +1
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