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What is your favorite starter salamander or newt?

What is your favorite starter salamander or frog


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sde

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Axolotls and Ribbed newts are undoubtedly the two best beginner newts, because they are both; easy to care for, readily available, cheap, always CB etc..
 

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I doubt mudpuppies will be anything remotely close to a beginner salamander as:

a) requires very cool waters
b) requires huge enclosure
c) very difficult to breed, which means they are mostly if not all WC
 

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ribbed newt (pleurodeles waltl) is the best, easier and indestructible.
can resist the 30C in water for short period of time.
 

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I like Taricha, eat everything, can be kept terrestrial, and don't grow too big. Plus, they don't eat members their own size, they don't attack normal sized newts
 

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I like Taricha, eat everything, can be kept terrestrial, and don't grow too big. Plus, they don't eat members their own size, they don't attack normal sized newts

Taricha grow larger than most newts, they are one of the biggest genus :p
Also females need to have a aquatic period to expel eggs if necessary. I just don't feel they are a good beginner newt because they aren't available CB very often, and obviously we don't want them buying WC newts.
 

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Taricha has Tetrodotoxin.... better a cynops than a taricha and not only for newbie ;)
 

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Taricha grow larger than most newts, they are one of the biggest genus :p

Also females need to have a aquatic period to expel eggs if necessary. I just don't feel they are a good beginner newt because they aren't available CB very often, and obviously we don't want them buying WC newts.


I agree.. They get fairly large and can be difficult to maintain at times. I wouldn't recommend Tarichas as a starter. And like Seth said, it's super difficult to find CB.

I think axolotls are really good because they're available everywhere and are pretty hardy. Tigers are very hardy as well but most are WC. But axies are probably the best IMO.
 

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Taricha are easy for me. I also like efts, my favorite kind of tank is terrestrial, and I'm good at supplying small live foods. I guess Taricha aren't for everyone though, but unlike axolotls and tigers, you can keep them in groups, they don't typically harass each other except for breeding season
 

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Its possible add axolotl and cynops to the "starter salamander or newt" poll?
 

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I would add Alpine Newts to the list. I think Alpines, and many Cynops, are just as easy as Taricha. Taricha are awesome, but they're one of the most toxic animals on earth (do you have little kids or dogs?). Bottom line, though, is it's probably easier to maintain a terrestrial species, since you don't have to worry about maintaining water quality....and both Tiger Salamanders and Fire Salamanders will eat worms from a tweezer. If you want to learn about nitrogen cycling, cooling fans, and how to maintain a planted tank... well then the newt world is your oyster.
 
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    @Albi_the_axolotlt have you made a thread on the forums about your axolotl having this problem?
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  • Elder_Axolotl:
    @Albi_the_axolotlt I would definitely make a thread about this, but before you panic try putting you axolotl in a tub where the water only goes about an inch above it, and then cool the water down SLOWLY, like a couple ice cubes at a time, to about 50 Deg F. sometimes this helps them pass gas, or even have a bowel movement. Just make sure the Temps from your current enclosure and the tub are within 4 degrees of each other and not higher than 65 Deg F. so you dont Temp shock your baby.
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    well I don't know how to make a thread and I am very thankful for your help but the real reason I am worried about is that it goes away and comes back constantly like its gets better today then tomorrow morning she is at the top of the tank floating on her side all bubbled up? I do put her in a container with just enough water to cover her back and it helped but it gets annoying and scary when it's consantly happening and I am worried I am doing something horrible wrong.
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    If you would like to know my care I will make sure to share it with you!
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    @Albi_the_axolotlt, Hi, do I still need to use aqueon pure balls in an established tank?
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