Fire Belly Newt tank

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Hey guys! Post some pics of your setups. I'd love to see what everyone is working with :)
 

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Here's some snaps of mine over the last few years.
 

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Your plants look like they are flourishing! What's your secret? (;

I just have PFS (Pool Filter Sand), but I was considering to go dirt on the bottom and cap with PFS, or just do root tabs and PFS. Still debating though
 

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Your plants look like they are flourishing! What's your secret? (;

I just have PFS (Pool Filter Sand), but I was considering to go dirt on the bottom and cap with PFS, or just do root tabs and PFS. Still debating though

Thanks! No secret, I just try to pick easy to grow plants and use the best LED lighting I can afford. After that they seem to thrive on neglect, I just have a good prune/clear out every few months.
The only substrate I ever use is kids play sand from the supermarket, I think it's very similar to pool filter sand. I don't use any kind of fertiliser apart from what the newts produce and I get away with it most of the time, although more demanding plant species might struggle a bit.
 

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I love your tank Chinadog! About how deep would you say your sand is? It looks like a pretty thin layer in the photo.
 

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Thanks! It is very thin with a little more depth at the back for the plants to root in.
I was warned about having a deep layer of sand because toxic gas and bacteria can develop, but I've seen loads of tanks with deep sand working very well, so I guess its just personal preference.
 

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20H C. e. popei tank. Substrate is sand covering about an inch of compost mixed with clay. This picture was taken after hacking away large portions of vallisneria.
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This is fantastic! Such lush greenery, I'm sure the lil buddy enjoys that much cover. Makes me want an aquatic species in the future.
 
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