Axolotls are knobs.

A blog for my axolotls: photos, updates, feelings, everything.
As well as information, advice and useful tips about axolotl care and breeding. Unless otherwise stated, all content belongs to me.

I'm a breeder from New Zealand, and am always happy to answer your questions, or set-up connections with other NZer's in the business.

Dickie - wildtype female
Ziggy - largest, golden albino, female
Hephaestion - Leucistic male (tumblrfamous)
Haku - dirty leucistic male
Charles - Female golden albino with a freckle
Eugene - male golden albino
Zazu - Pale golden albino alien
Bobby Corwen - Golden albino, Eugene impersonator and offspring of Charles and Eugene.
Captain Grouch - a grumpy wee wildtype

For anything axolotl, check out my website:
http://www.sillyaxolotls.wix.com/sillyaxolotls

 

Anonymous asked
I believe my axy has a fungal infection on her gills, so I gave her a salt bath. I did 100% water change in her tank to be sure and get rid of the fungus. I put her in a small bowl while I cleaned her tank. I walked in and the bowl was full of crap and she was spitting stuff out of her mouth. (Partially digested food, I assume.) She hasn't eaten in 2 days and is still refusing. Now she's back in her tank with no visible fungus, but her gills are almost flat against her body. Any suggestions?

If the fungus is no longer visible, definitely stop the saltbaths. I would give her a few more days to feel better, she probably doesn’t feel better yet and won’t be ready to eat. Be careful to keep an eye on the water parameter levels, since you’ve done a 100% water change. They may fluctuate and get spikes, which won’t help her situation. Has the size of her gills (stalk or feathers) changed?

Anonymous asked
Yo! I got a new lotl a week ago from a breeder (who had collected her from another breeder, they were swapping lotls for breeding) and when I got her home, she kind of vomited out a large meal of bloodworm (it was a slightly bumpy drive) and hasn't shown interest in eating since then. She is in a 40gal cycled tank, live planted, normal PH and low nitrates and ammonia. Is she maybe just shaken up from her recent journeys so isn't eating? She is VERY fat.

It sounds like she was given a meal that was waaayyy too large! You sound like you know what you are doing, but just in case, as a reminder, nitrites and ammonia should be at 0, not ‘low’, anything over 1ppm is toxic and can kill within a very short time. Nitrates are good up to 40.

Anyway, don’t think that’s the problem. I would say give her a few days to settle, and digest what she has eaten. Is she a wee axolotl? Once she has pooped or regurgitated more, start feeding her. If she doesn’t do either, wait 24 hours before trying, and keep the portion small. Axolotls tend not to poop until they are filling up with new food to take it’s place, so she may not go without feeding.

:) Thanks for the question, good luck with her!

Albino baby feeding time. They have grown so much this last week! I love watching them, so cute

This photo isn’t that old but she looks small here! My boyfriend always tells me how much he hates them, but he admitted to liking Captain Grouch because she swims to the top for food and is easy to feed.

This photo isn’t that old but she looks small here! My boyfriend always tells me how much he hates them, but he admitted to liking Captain Grouch because she swims to the top for food and is easy to feed.

Just bought a car, so I don’t have to risk posting the mosaic again :) Also means I can buy some cool aquarium stuff and don’t have to worry about weighing down my suitcase! Woop woop!

romanticom:

sillyaxolotls:

romanticom:

sillyaxolotls:

Eeeeeeeh love my wee albino babies and their see through everything. Even cooler to look at than leucistic babies. Thought they were eating the bloodworms well, so put off getting live food, then I set up a bbs hatchery, then knocked it over the next day >.< so hopefully they can eat enough to keep em healthy until the next bbs set up hatches. Made the mistake of buying what looked like a cheaper, larger option, but it’s a pre-made mix of salt and eggs, so a rip off, essentially.

They..they look starved. Are they okay? Do baby lotls just perpetually look half-dead?

I honestly don’t know is why I’m asking. I don’t have one nor could I probably ever keep one as a baby lol.

This photo was taken the day I got them, so they may not have been fed yet. Baby axolotls have a high metabolism so one day they have a big fat belly from a meal and if they aren’t fed for awhile, once they poop, their big belly can disappear and look like they’ve never been fed. The original owner had too many to feed well, so they were definitely hungry here

Oh! I just sort of freaked out. I was like “those are ribs wtf is going on”. I’ve seen your previous posts though and you seem experienced, so I figured they were a sort of rescue or recently obtained. :)

It’s also good to remember that axolotls have ‘ribbed’ sides. I’m not saying this isn’t ribs here, cause they are skinny, but I see a lot of people going “ew I can see its ribs” on healthy adult axolotls, when really, they just have ribbed marking, like an aligator belly or a dragon, but on their sides.

Anonymous asked
Hi my axolotl just got a full water change and his water is a little cooler than room temperature. I used tap water but I conditioned it as usual. He freaked out and the fuzzy parts of his gills starting turning white and the stem was purple. Now his tail is up in the air and he won't react to food or anything. What should I do!

Did you condition it before putting it in the tank, and left it to sit for awhile? It sounds like the water is hurting him, as if the treatment hasn’t come into effect yet. When you say it went white, is it oozing white, or the colour has completely changed on the actual gill?

Partial water changes are always best, as the complete change is very stressful (Depending on how you do it, the water quality is different, temperature is different, the flow of it being poured in etc). It could just be stress from that, but it sounds more serious. How long has it been since the water change?

romanticom:

sillyaxolotls:

Eeeeeeeh love my wee albino babies and their see through everything. Even cooler to look at than leucistic babies. Thought they were eating the bloodworms well, so put off getting live food, then I set up a bbs hatchery, then knocked it over the next day >.< so hopefully they can eat enough to keep em healthy until the next bbs set up hatches. Made the mistake of buying what looked like a cheaper, larger option, but it’s a pre-made mix of salt and eggs, so a rip off, essentially.

They..they look starved. Are they okay? Do baby lotls just perpetually look half-dead?

I honestly don’t know is why I’m asking. I don’t have one nor could I probably ever keep one as a baby lol.

This photo was taken the day I got them, so they may not have been fed yet. Baby axolotls have a high metabolism so one day they have a big fat belly from a meal and if they aren’t fed for awhile, once they poop, their big belly can disappear and look like they’ve never been fed. The original owner had too many to feed well, so they were definitely hungry here