New Red Efts (Red spotted Newt)

David339

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I have 2 red efts, one is about two inches and the other is about an inch. The smaller one could fit on a penny curled up. I have turtles, a snake and tree frogs. These are my first salamander/newts. I have them over a week and they are co existing just fine. I was worried the bigger guy would eat the small one. I have them in a 10 gal aquarium with about 2 inches of soil and 1 inch coconut reptile bedding on top of that. I have at least 7 little ferns in there, a big piece of moss covered bark propped up so they can get under it, and a ton of leaf litter in there. I was told to keep the tank stocked with bugs and let them hunt on their own. I've been putting small isopods(pill bugs), little one inch millipedes, small worms, sugar ants, termites, tiny 1/16 to pinhead crickets, and flightless fruit flies in tank for food. They are active I just don't always get to observe it. I've seen them perched on top ferns and find them in different spots everyday. I don't handle them. Temp stays about 65 and I was told 60% humidity is what I want. I just want to make sure I'm taking care of them properly. A lot of care sheets focus on adult care and not specifically the red eft stage. How long does this stage usually last in captivity?
 

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About a year, I think. You can add more water to the tank after a year and sort of strongly suggest he go in, and he should transition fine. I've been a little more blunt with mine in the past, when I decided they were big enough I dropped them into the water tank and they did fine. Good luck!
 

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So I guess my setup is ok? and food items? I've seen those small millipedes breeding in there. I can only guess that's why they are piggy back riding.
 
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    As long as its cleaned yeah! You can even make overhangs if you have enough pieces to make nice caves and platforms
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    Ok, thanks!
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  • MVM1991:
    My pleasure! River rocks work well too, and go rather well with all kinda lung less salamanders,
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    Great! I'll use some of those too. Thanks for the help. :)
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  • Tinky:
    So everywhere talks about testing your water parameters but I can't find what to do it there aren't right?! Like too low not too high, anybody any ideas?
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    It’s very dry in Colorado. I make sure to spritz every night so while I’m sleeping. I have a nifty hydrometer that I got from Walmart. It tells me blue, green, red; too little humid, good, too much respectively. It’s been helpful to me.
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    It tells me temperature AND humidity.
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    Where'd you get that? Or is it just a combo from petsmart or something?
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    I’m pretty sure I got it at a Walmart.
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    I just looked it up to see if I can find it again. It’s actually a hyGROmeter and temperature. Which measures the dew point. Here is the difference between due point and humidity. https://www.weather.gov/arx/why_dewpoint_vs_humidityYou can calculate Th relative
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    the relative humidity using the dew point measurement.
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    Here is the product I purchased:
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    it has a stand. And I had a spare suction from my filter. So it’s on the wall of my Sal’s enclosure.
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    That’s a pic of it in the enclosure.
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    Nice! Also, from what I can see you have an amazing setup! What species?
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    S. S. Gigliolli
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    Ooo nice!
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    Thank you! I tried to share the video but unsuccessful. You can see it on my IG story @jnerdx
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    Cool! I just have a tiger and a long tail, who we are trying to find as he ESCAPED INTO MY ROOM!
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    What would be the best thing to do ?
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