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Old 25th June 2006   #1
nicole
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I recently purchased a Fire Bellied Newt from my local aquatic store. I set it up in my 5 gal with one side dechlor. water and one side with this moist earth stuff they told me to use. It came in a block and I had to soak it. There are also 2 large flat rocks, like steps into the water, and a plant I bought from Petco's terrarium section. I've been feeding a mix of frozen bloodworms, live tubiflex worms, and newt bites. I change the water out once a week.

The problem is that the aquatic store I bought it from doesn't know anything about newts. They are mainly a fish shop, and have a couple of reptiles. They told me to keep the temp at 80ish, but I know that's totally off. It's been hard to keep the temp down lately with the weather, and it must have gone up for a day or 2 into uncomfortable regions, but I'm trying to keep it down with ice, and a new air conditioner.

When I returned to the shop last week to let them know of the temp issue, all but one of their newts were dead. I told them the problem and they said, I knew more about newts then they did, which isn't saying much. They proceeded to give me their remaining newt free of charge, because at least I would do my best with it's care. I put it in with the first newt, now one of them has a small injury on the tail. no fungus or infected looking area, so I called the only reptilish pet place I could find, and the man there said to keep an eye on it and if it doesn't show signs of infection that it will heal on it's own.

I think for starters I need a larger tank, and I have a 10 gal available. I read the care sheets on this site. Is there any other tips or recommendations that you have? Will that be big enough for 2 FBN? Also is the guy's info from the reptile place right? Thanks for reading this ultra long post.



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