New tank setup! Any suggestions for occupants?

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Here is a tank i have setup over the past few days. DOnt know what i should put in it. Does anyone have any ideas? (Sorry for the bad pic quality)

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It's always best to design an enclosure around a specific animal's needs rather than design an enclosure and try to figure out what animals might like living in it later.

Personally I wouldn't house a newt or salamander in that set up. It looks like there's heaps of gravel and soil sitting in water, which over time will become stagnant and rank, eventually affecting the health of the inhabitants. For a water area that small you may as well just sink a water dish or tub into the substrate.The cork tile background is not aesthetically pleasing to my eye (unless your pet needed a notice board perhaps...) and I'd be worried a newt might crawl behind it and get stuck. It's also a great ladder for any animal with aspirations of escape.

Apologies for sounding so negative, especially as you appear to have put quite a bit of work into it. An aquatic enclosure with deep gravel is generally a bad idea unless you can find some clever way to continually flush water through the gravel bank.
 

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AW: Re: New tank setup! Any suggestions for occupants?

I affect it relatively dry in a Salamander-Tank and prefer a flat bowl. Once - twice a week I spray on the moss and gras. I only made good experience.
Most suffer a loss when it's to wet and moisty.
Right now I made a (sadly no good) picture for illustration,
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I agree with your statement Mark. I overlooked that while building.Underneath the soil I have a layer of shale that seperates the water from the substrate. I assume it will still get rank regardless. Also ummi, I will try that in one of my new tanks I'm setting up! :D
 
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