Weird gills... is he old or is something wrong? (Update: Morphing?)

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Sorry if it’s out of order, if it’s easier, look up, What To Do If My Axolotl Morphs where on Caudata, and go to the second page, it’s titled what I wrote above. Don’t click on the questions
 

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Steve is doing ok today, he isn’t shedding anymore and he excitedly took an earthworm. I haven’t seen him get out of the water yet, but he did gulp air once this afternoon.

thanks for that resource Bindi! I’ll read that when I get home!
 

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Steve is doing ok today, he isn’t shedding anymore and he excitedly took an earthworm. I haven’t seen him get out of the water yet, but he did gulp air once this afternoon.

thanks for that resource Bindi! I’ll read that when I get home!
Np! You might be better off finding that thread 😂😂 glad to see he’s doing well!!
 

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Okay - I was sure he was morphing originally but I wonder if you have a highly sensitive lotl.

I would change water as soon as you hit 20ppm but 50-75% keep the water as cold as possible and make sure you are using prime.

If your axolotl is not fully morphed and wanting to be out of water in a week or 2 its not morphing - it generally happens quickly once it starts.

Keep your husbandry on point for axolotls for the next 2 weeks and see what happens.
 

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Okay - I was sure he was morphing originally but I wonder if you have a highly sensitive lotl.

I would change water as soon as you hit 20ppm but 50-75% keep the water as cold as possible and make sure you are using prime.

If your axolotl is not fully morphed and wanting to be out of water in a week or 2 its not morphing - it generally happens quickly once it starts.

Keep your husbandry on point for axolotls for the next 2 weeks and see what happens.
you got it! I checked his water today and it was already getting dirty so I did a water change. I have plenty of clean water now so I’m going to make sure he has the cleanest water possible. I checked on him just now and he was up on the first tier of the rock pile to the right, so not totally out yet but at least he’s checking out the rocks.

Knowing the expected timetable helps a lot. I’ll keep you guys posted. thank you all so so much. Moving home was already stressful for me so having something unexpected and scary happen to a beloved pet didn’t help and I panicked. Luckily Steve has you guys to guide me lol
 
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