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Semi aquatic setup for young newts.

This is a discussion on Semi aquatic setup for young newts. within the Fire-Belly & Sword-Tail Newts (Cynops & Hypselotriton) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; I am thinking about moving my c.e.p. from their sweaterbox to a semi aquatic setup. what should i use to ...

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Old 22nd October 2004   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking about moving my c.e.p. from their sweaterbox to a semi aquatic setup.

what should i use to get this setup going? i am going to use a 20 long, 2 cm of water, floating plants and a peice of cork for them to climb out on.

My biggest question is feeding. these guys really dont like hand feeding, and all my attempts have thus far been unsuccessful. If i just put blackworms in the tank will they hunt them? or do i need a more controlled feeding method?

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ira



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Old 24th October 2004   #2 (permalink)
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Ira,
How big are they? I would think that would be fine...If you plan on using Blackworms try a dish and/or bare bottom tank...The blackworms can infest the gravel and rot in the water...I had some C.o morphs die from rotting blackworms...



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Once they start going in the water, they will find the blackworms readily. You could also sprinkle flightless fruit flies on the cork bark. If they are big enough, chopped earthworms are the way to go. Some newts that refuse to handfeed on land are more willing to do it in the water.



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Old 27th October 2004   #4 (permalink)
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i would love to use fruit flys, but my house mate drew the line there and i have to respect that (seeing as she is gracious enough to let me keep all sorts of worms in the fridge.)

I will put them in the semi aquitic soon and see how they take to it. its going to be a 20L, have everything except the plants.



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I'll be moving this thread soon to the General Discussion area of the Vivaria & Equipment/Product Reviews section, which is "for general enclosure/vivarium-related discussions."

This section here is intended for more specific discussion of fire-belly newts themselves.

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