Options for fish companions

MnGuy

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Hey All,

I know cohabitating newts with fish and other animals can be a divisive issue and I've read up on it so I understand the pros and cons. I'm hoping not to revisit those known pros and cons.

I've kept three alpine newts with about a dozen white cloud mountain minnows for about two (three?) years. I'm considering relocating my newts to a larger tank (from a 20 long to a 33 gallon breeder), and I'm wondering about other fish companions.

What fish do you keep with your newts?

Has anyone tried: medaka or daisy ricefish, galaxy rasbora, least killifsh?

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Hey MnGuy, I have been keeping Least killifish (Heterandria formosa) with Ribbed newts for 2 years now. I've successfully kept them with Marbled and Smooth newts as well.
When the H formosa was kept with Chinese Fire bellied the formosa did not do well. Probably a problem with naturally occurring poisons in the water.

Small cold water fish can be kept with certain newts - it just requires additional maintenance due to bio-load of the fish and their waste.
 

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I have 3 ricefish (medaka - technically king red) with my two alpine newts. Had an issue when the Newts were new and a 4th ricefish was found partially eaten. Since my ricefish are near the end of their life I can't be sure if it was the newts or not. But I have since had the fish with the newts for around 2 months with no further issues.
 
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