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Ribbed Newts (Pleurodeles) Now comprising at least 3 species, this genus of newts includes the largest "newt" in the world, Pleurodeles waltl.

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Old 28th April 2019   #1
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Hi Everyone,

My 40-gallon breeder has three SRN with a bare bottom and a sponge filter. I added about 20 old 'live oak' leaves.

It looks nice and seems to add some interest for the newts.

Here's my question, can I add a bunch of leaves? In southflorida, we have lots of sea grape, magnolia and live oak trees. The seagrape leaves would be perfect for them to hide under and explore.

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If it's in their natural habitat, it can't hurt. If those leaves grow near salt water, make sure they're completely rinsed first. I use leaves from the woods in many of my tanks.



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Good point Otterwoman. I checked, sea grape and magnolia are indiginous to the Americas only. I was considering these two species because they are widely used in the frog hobby. I know newts and frogs are different but considered this to ve a good indication of safety.



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