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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2014, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is my axolotle morphing?

I've had this guy for a few years now, he's always been very healthy.

Today I noticed, he's missing a chunk of his dorsal fin

My girlfriend re arranged the tank a couple days ago, I'm wonding if maybe some wood fell and could have pinched it off.

His gills look great(better than most in my opinion).

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2014, 11:20 PM
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I don't think it is morphing just from that change alone, I'd keep an eye on it over the next few days for things like infection in and around that area. If all goes well, it'll grow back like it never happened.

I checked out your 40b tank hoping that was the axololt tank but never found it, do you have any other pictures of your axolotl? I'm raising 4 right now and have set up a densely planted walstad type 40b for them in the meantime.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-04-2014, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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I keep him in a 26g riparium
He's currently the only inhabitant I had a mystery snail, that passed away a few months ago.

I have a couple more snails in my 40b that I'm growing out for the axo's tank. (I don't want him to swallow them)

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 05:29 AM
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That is one sweet looking tank! You must have one very happy little guy.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-21-2014, 07:24 AM
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Very nice tank and axolotyl

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-24-2014, 02:51 AM
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he probably lost it trying to squeeze under that log or inbetween something
theyre not the most graceful swimmers and rely a lot on brute force :p I know mine have lost parts trying to get by filter intakes and rocks
Fortunately they regenerate quickly
If your lotl were actually morphing you would see a distinct shrinkage and then loss of the gills, the eyes would change shape and their legs will get thicker and more muscular as they grow strong bones and muscle for land

out of curiosity, what all plants are in that tank?
What temp do you keep the tank at?
how eften do you do water changes?
I want to set up a planted for my 4 lotls and havent really seen many others do it before, substrate and plants are taboo over on caudata for some people :p
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-24-2014, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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I honestly couldn't tell you what plants are in the tank anymore, I set it up a few years ago, my axolotle is doing much better, his fin has grown back.
Tanks growing in nicely too
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