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Old 21st April 2006   #1
plush
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The following questions are about dwarf sirens.

What size tank do they need?
What do they eat (no live food or decapitated worms, please)?
Can you show me pictures of all the different kinds side-by-side?
Can you point me in the direction of a website that sells them the way WARDS sells Axolotls (other than here-ish, like "You have one Siren(s) in your shopping cart" type)?
Do they like sand and how many inches/cm of it will they need?
Can they have tankmates?

Thanks in advance.

(Message edited by tj on May 06, 2006)



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Old 21st April 2006   #2
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Have you read the sheets on caudata culture?

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Old 21st April 2006   #3
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Plush, I would have a read of the Caudata.org magazine, it's free and electronic: http://www.caudata.org/magazine.shtml the last article is very informative!

from what I remember about the sirens, they like shallowish water with LOTS of floating water plants.

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Old 21st April 2006   #4
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From the author of the article...

They like lots of plants but they are not necessary to keep them. I keep them over pea gravel instead of sand. If you go back to the article you will see that worms are the preferred food and that they may refuse frozen foods as it begins to spoil as soon as it thaws...

The article also lists the recommended sized enclosures..
The article also lists some cage mates that work with the dwarf sirens.

And no we cannot recommend a place to buy them as they are collected from the wild and caudata.org has taken the position to recommend only captive bred animals and places where they can be aquired.

Ed



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Old 25th September 2006   #5
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Hello Ed,

Any particular reason why you keep them over pea gravel instead of sand?



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Old 25th September 2006   #6
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Most of the sand that I have access to is known as sharp sand (this includes most silicate beach and play sands). The sirens will burrow into this and it causes a lot more irritation of the skin and gills.
It is a lot easier to keep them on a rounded pea gravel.

Ed



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