Just thought I should show Greenie's appearance close up. You can really see the purpleness of the gills and plump body in this video. It is very important to closely observe your axolotls' appearance and behavior for any signs that there is something that is wrong with the water and or something you as an owner can work on. Is your axolotl skinny? How do its gills look? I encourage all axolotl owners (and pet owners in general) to be diligent with the care of their pets, assess the situation, and fix anything that may be wrong with their animal. •disclaimer• Very short, light, UNDERWATER handling of axolotls in no way harms these animals as long as you are gentle and do not spook them.