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Notophthalmus fungus susceptibility

This is a discussion on Notophthalmus fungus susceptibility within the North American Newts (Notophthalmus & Taricha) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; I've read that Notophthalmus are especially susceptible to fungal infection, and that a lifespan in captivity may be as short ...

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I've read that Notophthalmus are especially susceptible to fungal infection, and that a lifespan in captivity may be as short as 3 years. I know from reading threads here that some of you have had success keeping these newts nearly 20 years. So here is a question for the "pros". What are the three most important tricks to keeping these newts happy and healthy. I am familiar with the basic requirements (water changes, temps below 70 C), but I'm hoping to avoid disease altogether. Thanks.



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I've kept mine in captivity about 5 years, and I don't do anything special but water changes, I never check the chemistry, and feeding them earthworms. I have a lot of plants in there, mostly java moss at this point.



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I never heard of such a thing....but if you want to avoid diseases....CB animals are the way to go....



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I don't anything special and I have had mine for about 8 years now and they breed all the time.



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