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Old 20th May 2008   #1
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Exclamation can axies re grow new gills.

my axie was put in with gold fish for 2 mins when i cleaned the ank out and my sisters fat gold fish took a gill clean off!!!!!!!

will it re grow back and how long will it take?

will it be normal????



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Old 20th May 2008   #2
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Default Re: can axies re grow new gills.

Yes axies can re-grow gills (and limbs too by the way) it might take a while and it might not look the exact same as before but it will eventually grow back.



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Default Re: can axies re grow new gills.

Axies are very good at regenerating lost bits but do not always do a perfect job. The gill will probably end up almost as new but could be shorter or branched or misshapen. Young axolotls regenerate quicker than older ones but you will see a gill regrow over a few weeks.

If the wound becomes infected consider putting the axolotl in the fridge for a few days and this may also be wise if the axolotl has a companion as they are attracted by the smell of blood and may go for the adjacent gills.



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Default Re: can axies re grow new gills.

you shouldn't really need to remove the axie when doing a water change, but if you must a bucket with some of it's tank water will suffice, and may be a bit safer too



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Hi Thompson,

Yes they can, Have a look at the mixing disasters at www.axolotl.org it will show you the risks of tank mates



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