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Can newts tolerate current from internal filters?

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Old 8th May 2005   #1 (permalink)
george
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I'm not sure which route to go in filtration for my fire-belly newt tank. I see conflicting information on the internet. Some say do not use an internal power filter (I plan to use the tetra internal filter), since fire-bellies and other mostly aquatic newts will be stressed by the current. Should I use a simple sponge filter instead? They don't seem as effect as internal power filters though. Which filtration is best for FBN's and other mainly aquatic newts? Thanks.



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Old 8th May 2005   #2 (permalink)
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I have used an internal power filter with no problems. Just make sure that there are places that the newt can go where there is no / little current. Usually a lot of plants will slow the current making the newts happier.

There are some internal powerheads which are adjustable. In my one tank I run one of these on the lowest setting. It seems to do the job and the current only affects a small part of the tank.

I would, however, recommend an airlift undergravel filter along with an airlift external filter. The combination keeps the tank clean with very little current.



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Old 8th May 2005   #3 (permalink)
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Any of the filters mentioned will do fine: submersible, sponge filter, or undergravel. You may have already seen this, but here's an article that discusses the pros and cons of each:
http://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/filters.shtml
One thing to consider is heat: a bubble-driven sponge filter will produce the least amount of heat. For many people, keeping newts cool enough in summer is a challenge.



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Old 9th May 2005   #4 (permalink)
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I have a heavy planted tank with no filter at all for my fire bellies. The more plants you have, the lesser the need for a filter. Just remember to remove food leftovers instantly.



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