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Novice Newt Owner, need advice!

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Hi, I'm new here and I just got 3 newts (2 eastern, and one chinese firebelly, all males) and I am a bit stressed because I've had them for 5 days now and they haven't gone in the water or eaten very much. They just hang out, sometimes in a huddle, in the moss area next to a plant. I need advice on how I should go about coaxing them into the water or if I just have to be patient. My friend suggests that I should raise the water level so that the only land spots are small moss pouches or lily pads, but I don't want to stress them out anymore. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Some things to consider: I know they are young adults, not efts
They are in a 10 gallon tank and are about 3 inches long(including tail)
The water level has wading areas and a deep area of 4 inches
I have a rock island, but they won't swim into the water to get to it
About 80% of the tank is in water
The water is clean

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Welcome to the site, I would separate the two species as soon as possible, mixing species is a bad idea for lots of reasons, especially with stressed, wild caught pet store newts. If you have a look in the help section and read the sticky thread at the beginning you will find answers to most of your concerns.



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Alright thanks for the advice



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Your'e welcome! We really don't mind answering questions, but most of the info you need is in that thread. If you're unsure about anything else ask away! :)



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