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Curled gills

Eoin OD

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Hi all, I noticed my axolotls gills were curled so I did my research and I found out it could be due to high temperure. There was a heatwave recently and the tank rose to 22 degrees celcius it is now down to 20.

I went to check on him this morning and his gills were perfect but 5 minutes later they were curled again. what does this mean?

Eoin OD, thanks
 

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Hi all, I noticed my axolotls gills were curled so I did my research and I found out it could be due to high temperure. There was a heatwave recently and the tank rose to 22 degrees celcius it is now down to 20.

I went to check on him this morning and his gills were perfect but 5 minutes later they were curled again. what does this mean?

Eoin OD, thanks
I would suggest trying to lower it by a couple more degrees (though 20 is within the acceptable range) if possible. It could also be related to high flow. What type of filter are you using?
 

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I am using a fluval U2 but I have a piece of filter foam tied to the outlet to disperse the water flow. But I only put that on yedterday so I will wait and see if it helps.
 
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