Vivarium enclosure

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New vivarium setup. It's about three feet diameter round galvanized tub with a layer of rocks soil and moss. There are a few plants and a half covered fish tank that will be inaccessible to other critters. It is sealed with screen and velcro. Let me know if anyone has opinions or advice for making this a newt enclosure.
 

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It looks interesting.
I considered doing something similar for small snakes, but abandoned the idea due to lack of space.
Here are some thought that I have:
- Is it escape proof?
- How will you keep the newts from rubbing their noses (or other parts) on the screen and injuring themselves?
- Is it easily accessible for routine maintenance?
- How will you control humidity?
 

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Newts are usually the more aquatic subset of salamanders (all newts are salamanders. Not all salamanders are newts). If they are truly aquatic they'll need water. Even many more terrestrial species, can usually benefit from a container with water (a small pool or something like that).
 

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It is fully sealed around and the metal is tall enough I shouldn't have an issue with anything reaching the screen. However I am not very familiar with a newts climbing abilities while in terrestrial phases. it is also very soft screening and the screen extends past the velcro. I thought about adding a rubber or silicon sealant to those parts. I added a pool area in the front for more water and was planning to use an aquatic setup during periods of the year like I have read people do. For humidity I have a room that has high humidity for my other reptiles but if more is needed I will add something to increase humidity. I found some information that newts will develop skin issues if not aerated enough is why I went with screen instead of something else. It is accessible enough as I built in a sealing door area. I haven't fully decided what I will put in there but newts were my first option.
Thanks for the feedback!
 
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    i noticed my axie started acting weird a few days ago, but checked all the levels and everything was fine. Checked it again today and the nitrates were skyrocketing. She’s in a tub with dechlorinated water now and I’m doing a big water change
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