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  • Posted on: 15/10/2006 19:24
Newt or not to newt that is the question! #1
Evening first time here!need some advice,i have decided i would like to purchase some newts for my tropical tank,the problem is,i dont know what type to go for because i would like to have a mixture of newts,either fire bellies or dog faced newts and does anyone know now if mudskippers are still avalible to buy?
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Re: Newt or not to newt that is the question! #2
some places stock mudskippers, but this is rare as theres not alot of demand for them as they are a specialist market, ie you have to have a tank thats half muddy land half water that is very large

as for newts if your thinking of keeping them with fish then think again as the newts can eat small fish and other fish will bite the newts, plus fire bellied newts need water about 18C so aren't tropical and i do believe dog faced newts are the same for temperature only they grow bigger
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Re: Newt or not to newt that is the question! #3
thanks alot!i have more advice from you than i have had all weekend from so called fish shop experts!bear with me i have more questions!
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Re: Newt or not to newt that is the question! #4
unfortunately most places (my lfs and place of work included) keep fire bellied newts in the incorrect environment, i keep haveing to treat the newts we have with anti ulcer treatment as they keep getting ulcers due to the temperature but the owner wont move them
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Re: Newt or not to newt that is the question! #5
My mum purchased 3 firebellies this weekend that was with the tropical fish section in the tank with them was dog faced newts every fire bellie had a leg hanging off,the bloke got the sissors and cut the legs off,and told mum that they would grow back?whats this about?is it just me who thinks that is well sick or is it the norm to keep fish in the wrong temp water with broken legs,this was a so called posh fish shop to!he said that it could of been the dog face newts trying to eat them,and that he put them together cos a new batch had come in and he needed to keep a tank free,he Gave them to mum and they seem to b ok at mo but she was lend to think they would be ok in her tropical tank,with her tetras and african claw frogs.
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Re: Newt or not to newt that is the question! #6
they may be ok, as long as they can eat bloodworm in peace (they dont eat flake) and they need a place to get out of the water, and not directly under the lights so need a fair few inches between the hot lights and them

the legs do re grow as the are amphibians as apposed to fish but if the leg was actually hanging off it was probably the best thing to do as i'd only fall off/rip off anyway

i myself believe it'd be the high temperature
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Re: Newt or not to newt that is the question! #7
sorry to bug you,but you are really helpful just told my mum this and she would like to know if her african claw frogs and her dwarf claw frogs are tropical or not?she is panicing now as she was given really bad advice!
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Re: Newt or not to newt that is the question! #8
the frogs are

im guessing they are the little brown ones and not the big white ones as the big white ones will eat the tetras sooner rather than later
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Re: Newt or not to newt that is the question! #9
she has two tropical tanks the white ones are in her large tank with the big fish,as there growing bigger everyday and are savage little beasts but the small ones are greenie brown speckle frogs and are no bigger than 10p AT MO!
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Re: Newt or not to newt that is the question! #10
ok, well both species will be ok in trop temps

has your mum got the newts somewhere to climb out of the water?
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