100 Gallon Paludarium + Alpine Newts

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I recently started a Paludarium build using a 100 gallon tank, 60" x 18" x 20".
My wife and I have always loved the idea of a semi-aquatic tank set up and when we got the chance to build one we were very excited.
I have kept freshwater fish and saltwater fish before but this is my first time dealing with newts.

The tank is kept in a back room that never gets above 72 degrees and the water temps have never risen above that.
I'm using a filter that sits in the back corner and the water lands on a log in order to disperse the force of the water so the current is overpowering for the newts.
Large gravel is used throughout the tank and creates a slope to bring the newts up to the terrestrial area.
Live plants are being used to emulate their natural habitat.
I'm also using a 48" LED light with automatic timer set for 8 hours per day.

The newts are Alpine Newts I recently received through a fellow caudata.org member, Dustinaquilar.
I have 6 of them and they love exploring their new home.
I will be feeding them frozen bloodworms, live bloodworms, and frozen blackworms.

If you have any questions feel free to ask and if there are any suggestions they are very welcome!


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Which subspecies do you have ? They may wish to spend a lot of time on land so a bigger land area with more cover such as sheet moss and bark/logs would help. Floating weed such as elodea , if its legal in your state , makes a blanket the newts can hide in and maintain water quality. Are you going to culture live food in there ? Blackworm, aquatic and terrestrial isopods, snails etc are usefull feeders and may produce self sustaining colanies and provide a wider range of food for the newts. Alpines like chopped earthworm, white worm aswell, i also give mine flightless fruitflies and their maggots and its amusing to watch them climb tall plants to catch them. You would need to instal a fly screen to feed flies as they bail. The tank should look pretty good when its established. If youve got a chiller set up are you providing a winter cooling to breed them ?
I edited to add a couple of extra pics, the first is my tylo tank showing the elodea filling up a water area, the second is my alpine viv, about 30% is terrestrial covered in grasses and ferns, the water is maxed with elodea, eight alpines are in there, water changes are once per year though i top up for evaporation once a month. I only feed live though, if i used frozen foods i would need more water changes.
 

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