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FBN tank set up

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Hello, I am in the process of researching the care to get a fire belly newt or two for a 10gal. I'm reading mixed things about the best enclosure for them though and was hoping to get some direct advice. Is the 10gal too small? sometimes i read they should be in 20gal long. also how much land area do they need? if they prefer still water is a filter ok still? i read some places say to use gravel and some places say its too rough. is aquasoil and large pebbles ok? i currently have an axolotl so could give them similar foods and maintaining the right temp (60F-68F) would be ok.
edit: oh also saw that the water could be too deep for them??? whats an appropriate amount of water depth
 
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A 10-gallon would be fine for 2 or 3 of them. Water vs. land really depends on how old they are. If you are able to get CB offspring, they will probably be in the eft stage and will do well in an entirely terrestrial tank. I recommend a soil-type substrate with a very shallow dish and lots of hides.

For adults, a good water depth is 6-8 inches. I had a bad experience keeping CFBN on fine sand (play sand), so I don't recommend that. I prefer a bare bottom tank, but there are probably other options that would work.

You might not be able to use the same foods you use for you axolotl. Terrestrial juveniles need fruit flies or pinhead crickets (land based food). Adults do well with frozen bloodworms and chopped nightcrawlers.
 

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A 10-gallon would be fine for 2 or 3 of them. Water vs. land really depends on how old they are. If you are able to get CB offspring, they will probably be in the eft stage and will do well in an entirely terrestrial tank. I recommend a soil-type substrate with a very shallow dish and lots of hides.

For adults, a good water depth is 6-8 inches. I had a bad experience keeping CFBN on fine sand (play sand), so I don't recommend that. I prefer a bare bottom tank, but there are probably other options that would work.

You might not be able to use the same foods you use for you axolotl. Terrestrial juveniles need fruit flies or pinhead crickets (land based food). Adults do well with frozen bloodworms and chopped nightcrawlers.
thanks for the response thats really helpful!
i did read about the terrestrial stage for a lot of newts recently so im gonna keep the tank i have empty until im sure what kind im getting.
did the newts get impacted even with fine sand??
fruit flies and crickets should be easy enough for me to get.
 
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