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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    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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    Hey y'all, recently my juvenile axolotl's tail has been floating and can swim down but his tail lifts to an angle and I believe that it is stressing him out. He gets in between his plants to balance himself and I am cleaning out the bottom of the tank with my baster. I believe I overfed him and he also may have eaten many air bubbles. He's been like this for nearly 1 1/2 days.
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    What would be the best thing to do ?
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    Hey, does anyone know if hot glue is fine to glue rocks together?
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    Should be. Hot glue is good when dry I believe, just don't let it get too hot and you should be good. Most super glues are good as well just watch out for flume warnings
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    Ok, thanks! I am going to glue together the shale I mentioned.
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  • Kwags:
    hello, I am currently tubbing my axolotl due to cycling the tank. I have read different answers on how many times to do a 100% water change a day when tubbing. Some say once and some say twice. I just want to actually ask and get answers for myself. Thank
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  • Murk:
    As often as you need to keep the water clean! Since you´re cycling, I assume you have a test kit. Just test a few times to see how long it takes for your ammonia to go up, and as soon as it does, change the water.
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    Yes,I have the master test kit. Thank you! So just test the water in the tub that my axolotl is in now to gauge off of for changing?
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    That´s the most accurate. Depends on the size of the tub etc. - you just want to make sure the water is always clean
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    When little axolotls are tubbed is it common for them to get a little more spunky then usual? Water temps around 64-65 F and has been changed today with prime added
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    Uh. That depends on your definition of "spunky"?
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    @Kwags, how big?
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    my baby hes tubed and hes a wild child xD
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    Swimming like crazy. A little more pep in his step. I think about 3 inches.
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    Hi does anyone know if jungle fungus clear is safe to use for my axolotl? She has some either fungus or bacterial growth on her fillibrae and maybe body and I read that's good to use if you aren't sure if the problem is bacterial or fungal
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    I have not heard of that before.
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    That jungle fungus clear. I've been dealing with some fungus with my axolotl on and off this summer. The Holtsfreter solution and water changes just seem to do the trick after a bit
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    Where do you get the holtsfreter solution? I've been upping water changes but salt bath seems to be more stressful/harmful than beneficial because she does not like to be caught!
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