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Axolotl died after 1 day #1
On Tuesday the 5th of June we purchased 2 x Axolotl for our tank which is an 140 Litre tank we've some other small fish in the tank but it's 22:00 Wednesday and I've just noticed that one was dead and the other looks in a bad way, I've kept the dead one to take back and put the other in a nursing tank I've followed all the introductory procedure to the letter as with the other fish I just wanted to know if i've done something wrong feel really bad but upset as well as these were ?20 each.

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Re: Axolotl died after 1 day #2
Hi Alan, sorry for the loss.

Unusual to be keeping these in with fish given the problems that can result but doubt that was the cause of such an early death.

Care sheet here with common problems: http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/ ... esheet.php?caresheetID=98

Do you have any tank readings for ammonia, pH, nitrite, nitrate and temp? Best to rule the most common culprits out first if poss.
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Re: Axolotl died after 1 day #3
Could it be heat stress? The weather has been very warm here recently.
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Re: Axolotl died after 1 day #4
They were only in the tank 1 day?
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Re: Axolotl died after 1 day #5
If you can post tank water readings and temp, that would really assist. If conditions are not right, an early demise can occur I'm afraid with any fish or amphibians. Sometimes it's just shock from transportation but good to rule out the usual suspects first.

The caresheet already linked to mentions acclimatisation as an main issue if they were not quarantined first (did you QT?), temps can have a big affect as the caresheet states and Onyxia has flagged. What temp was the LFS tank v your own?
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Re: Axolotl died after 1 day #6
We followed the instructions for allowing the fish to slowly acclimatise as per other fish of which all are doing well! but I think I found the culprit we also purchased 3 Paradise fish, we put the other Axolotl back as he perked up and my son noticed this one Paradise fish was constantly nipping it, we watched it for 10 minutes and the whole time it stalked the Axolotl not giving it a break I think the Paradise fish caused it so much stress it died, it was also attacking another Paradise fish so I removed it and shall be returning the fish back to the shop.

After doing some reading about Paradise fish I believe that the gentleman who was extremely knowledgable should od advised us on both species as we purchased after viewing.

Not sure where I stand in regards to getting my money back but more importantly there was no need for this poor thing to die I feel bad!

Lesson of the day check fish and their habits before buying.
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Re: Axolotl died after 1 day #7
If I remember rightly from school, one of our teachers used to breed them,
They should not be kept with any fish, due to the fishes tendency to nip at the feathery gills,

So the fish shop should really take the fish back.
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Re: Axolotl died after 1 day #8
Axolotls are preditatory to small fish too.


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Re: Axolotl died after 1 day #9
Hi! I've watched a documentary about these guys yesterday

It is said that if kept in tank in different area then where they came from. Water quality, especially tempurature is very important. What was your tank temp?

Also small fish will be considered as food to these guys. Shouldn't be kept with fish
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Re: Axolotl died after 1 day #10
What sex of paradise fish did you buy and what other 'small fish' do you have in there?

Paradise fish are not good community fish and you may be overstocked with three trying to set up territories in such a confined space.