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Default Re: Help Beginner prepare before getting Fire Bellied Newts.

Hi, welcome to the site. :)
The care requirements of both species are almost Identical, Japanese firebellies are more tolerant of elevated temperatures than Chinese, but they are both cold water species.
Plaudarium type tanks aren't needed for either species as both, when healthy, are almost 100% aquatic in captivity. If you do decide to try a plaudarium, It needs to contain at least 10 gallons of water to be thermally stable enough for newts, the more, the better though, as any land areas will rarely, if ever be used.
The real problem with Chinese firebellies, or any other wild caught, pet trade newts, is finding healthy ones. By the time they reach the shops they are highly stressed at best, but more often they are too sick and starved to survive. If at all possible, I would urge you to try and find captive bred newts rather than trying to save dying ones from pet shops, but I don't know what's available in your part of the world. You can use the search function to find countless threads on petstore firebellies that won't eat or go in the water to give you a good idea of the problems involved.
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