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Old 1 Week Ago   #1
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Default Why is this axolotl so stressed out?

Hello all, I recently got back into the hobby after a couple years and I've had my trio for about a month now. The white albino has the dreaded curled gills and I'm at a loss as to why. Never had this issue in my past experience. The other 2 haven't displayed any stress signs. They are all fed earthworms daily, the stressed albino has no issue with feeding.
Setup is bare bottom, some floating plants. Filter is installed but I do not use it. Temp is steady at 71 F. 35-40% treated tap water changes every 2-3 days.
Anyone have any idea what this could be?
First pics are the stressed axolotl and the last 2 are tankmates which seem completely fine.
Thank you!
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What are your ammonia , nitrite and nitrate levels?



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Default Re: Why is this axolotl so stressed out?

From what I understand, 71 F is about five degrees too warm. I try to stay right around 65, and if it ever happens to go above 70, I noticed a big change in behavior/appearance.



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