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Sex ratios for keeping red-spotted newts

This is a discussion on Sex ratios for keeping red-spotted newts within the North American Newts (Notophthalmus & Taricha) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; I am in the process of setting up a 30 gallon tank for some Eastern Red-Spotted newts I plan to ...

North American Newts (Notophthalmus & Taricha) While not closely related, these two genera are the true newts of North America.

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Old 11th May 2005   #1 (permalink)
lenora
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I am in the process of setting up a 30 gallon tank for some Eastern Red-Spotted newts I plan to buy on Saturday. I thought get 5 or 6. I'm not sure if I'm interested in breeding them later, but I do want to have the proper sex ratio to keep them happy and peaceful. What do you think is a good sex ratio for this species?
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Old 12th May 2005   #2 (permalink)
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More females than males. I'd recommend 2 males and 4 females. During breeding season, the males can be quite... um... assertive with the females. Since amplexus involves a strangle-hold, it's not a good situation for the females when they are outnumbered.
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