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I am a soon-to-be first time newt owner, and I'm in the midst of researching what I need for a tank. I've already decided to keep one P. waltl, in either a 10 or 20 gallon semi-aquatic setup, but I also have some interest in keeping live plants in with it.

My question is, are there any limitations on plants that I can include? What do most people end up planting in their tanks? Also, where can I get them from? (Most pet stores near me only sell fake plants)



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Plants like elodea, hornwort, java moss, and java fern are good options. If you can't find them at a petstore, you can probably buy some off of eBay.



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Those mentioned are good choices! I've also collected Lysimachia nummularia from our garden; it can be kept aquatic. Egeria densa, ceratophyllum, vallisneria, pistia and anubias have been fine in my tanks, too. Plants that like it cool...



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Ah, and I've got most of my plants from aquarium hobbyist who've been cuttin their over grown plants. That's a lot cheaper than a pet store, many times even for free or just postal cost! And I'd say those plants are in better condition, too.



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Thanks! I'll definitely look into all of those!



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Welcome, I love my P. waltl! I suggest the 20 gallon if you can, because they're pretty active, and will be fun to watch. But of my three, only one has ever left the water in a month, one time, the second day in its new home, so I would go full aquatic with just a ledge or floating platform on the off-chance it wants to haul out. Mine do sometimes sleep hanging off their little islands for easy night breathing. Also, someone on here recommended the eBay seller "extraplant" and I was really happy with their plants, reasonable prices and great packaging.



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By the way, I have anacharis, java moss, a couple types of java fern, anuibias, marimo moss balls and frogbit. All considered easy and low-to-medium light requirements. I would like to get some dwarf water lettuce and more plants in future; I'm just starting to set up a new tank. :-)



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I've been breeding for research, I have an assortment of several aquatic plants in my tanks and mine seem to prefer Bacopa caroliniana. It hardly requires any maintenance either. These are Eastern newts (N. viridescens), however.



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Great! I just looked up the eBay account, and I think that's how I'll go about getting them. And I'll try my best to swing a 20 gallon, right now I'm just trying to save up and budget accordingly. Thanks, everyone!



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