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27th May 2012, 09:52
Helo , i from Malaysian, some kind of Asian, i have 3 fire belly newt today, actually i have 2 fire belly before, one died and one more are escape to no where to be found again, now i got 2 big and fat newt and one more are small and i place it with 3 small bichir, i don,t know what is male and female, 2 of my 3 newt notably large and fat, what is that, it is healthy ?

27th May 2012, 11:16
At first, these are not firebelly, but paddletail newts (Pachytriton sp.), here you can find information about them: http://www.caudata.org/cc/species/Pachytriton/Pachytriton.shtml (http://www.caudata.org/forum/../cc/species/Pachytriton/Pachytriton.shtml)
About sexing: Caudata Culture Articles - Sexing (http://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/sexing.shtml)
At second, newts shouldn't be housed together with bichirs: newts won't tolerate as high temperature as bichirs need, and when bichirs will grow larger, they may bite off the newts' limbs, tail etc.

27th May 2012, 16:14
I agree. They are paddletail newts, and they need to be kept as cool/cold as possible. Also, they need a very secure lid to prevent escape, as you learned before. Good luck with them!

28th May 2012, 11:01
oh, i though it was fire belly, at the local shop, it is called fire belly newt and,did u mean they are not tolerate to warmer temp? its cause my previous newt died ? they are slime turn white and when i touch it , it like a harden mucous, just barely alive about 1 hour before they die at the same time the water are warm than before , it so my mistake because the aquarium just place beside the windowsill

28th May 2012, 21:12
My paddletails were sold as 'fire belly newts' too.
Make sure your tank has plenty of places to hide, these newts are quite shy at times. Could you post a picture of the whole tank?

Paddle tails prefer colder temperatures - mine tend to fight more when the room is warmer.