New salamander/newt obssesion

10fenny

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Well ive had axols for some years now. i keep seeing newt posts and started reading some. now its almost a need. ive kept various other reptiles.. rodents.. fish. cats dogs seamonkeys chickens (moms when i was a kid). so im very confident in my care skills and adaption to something new. i love the look of a terrarium. anyways on to my questions. i love the look of the danube crested newt. anyone had any? hard to get? where should i look for terrarium setups? i live in oregon. hmm i had more questions when i started this post but cant remember now. thats ok this is a good start
 

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I would start off by reading anything and everything you can find about the species you are interested in. As well as husbandry info I always try to find out as much as I can about the habitat in the wild where my herps come from as this helps when designing enclosures no end. In addition to the wealth of information over on Caudata Culture, it might be worth reading several pages of this help section so you can see the common problems that crop up time and again so you can hopefully avoid them yourself! Also use the search function, there's literally decades of of experience and knowledge on here so there's no need to make major errors with most species, someone somewhere will have already made and posted questions about them somewhere on these forums!
 

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Well the more i read the more i realize i need to read alot more. Most of the newts and sallys ive been lookin at are either nfs in the states or extremly hard to come by.. so ill keep looking. I want something that can have lots of fun in and out of the water
 

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I can't really think of a newt or salamander that spends time in water and on land unless its a newt that periodically switches seasonally, or if it has an eft stage. Some others might be able to think of something. Some aquatic species that are pretty simple to take care of are Captive Bred Hypselotriton orientalis/Chinese Firebelly Newts, Cynops pyrrohgaster/Japanese Firebelly Newt, Pleurodeles waltl/Spanish Ribbed Newt, and you said you've already had Axolotls. Or something terrestrial like Ambystoma tigrinum or mavortium/Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma opacum/Marbled Salamander, Crocodile Newts, etc. But make sure whatever you get it legal to own where you are.

The first thing I read whenever i get something new are the caresheets here:
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    Hello, I am a new owner of a 3 month old axolotl, and although I have done a lot of research on axolotls, I can barely find any for babies. If anyone can help me with these questions, I would be super happy. How many hours do baby axolotls tend to sleep per day? How many times should I feed it and what would be considered too much (it's current diet is freeze-dried brine shrimp and blood worms, and I currently feed it around 3 bloodworms since they are not that big)? How many times a week should I change the water and how? I have a good filter and use Prime as my conditioner to remove the chlorine and other chemicals, but I still need to figure out how to deal with ammonia and such in the water. How do I clean it's waste (should I use a dropper to easily pick it up)? I need a better cooling system because currently I use ice packs on the side of the tank and I make sure to angle my ac so that it hits the tank.
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    I also leave the lid open during the day so that evaporation can cool down my tank. I want to buy a fan, but since winter is coming I won't have to buy one yet. Lastly, what water testers are effective and affordable for a broke student like myself? Please, if anyone has any advice I will love to hear it. I care for this creature too much at this point, but I have no one to help me with caring for it other than the internet :,)
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    Hi LauraLobster I am a new owner of axolotls myself and have been getting advice from things like this, I feed mine twice a day on blackworms and brine shrimp blood worms are more of a treat food, a question on where you are keeping you axolotl are you keeping it in the main tank or in a tub also if in the tank did you cycle it first? and if not i suggest tubing it until the tank it cycled, mine are still tubed since I was given bad advice by the shop people about cycling my tank and am still in the process of cycling it. I use pipettes to clean up the mess of my axolotls. I use the API mater test kit for freshwater tanks I am also a student and had to look around to find it the cheapest I could.
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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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    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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