07-06-2008, 03:31 AM #1
Can you put salamanders in a freshwater tank if you provide them with some sort of dry land to hang out on too? I think it'd make for a really unique and interesting tank.10g - planted, 4 otocinclus, 6 amano shrimp
07-06-2008, 05:17 AM #2
I don't think they need dry land. At least not the common type of salamanders you find in almost any pet store. They can't be kept with fish tho, because they either eat the fish, or the fish eat the soft bits on the salamanders' gills.
You should google them and read up on the care of them, as they have some special requirements with regards to substrate etc.
07-06-2008, 05:54 AM #3Member CoryCat
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i would recommend someplace for them to rest on land, even though most are fine being completely aquatic, if you keep them in a aquatic tank only then make sure it has a tight top becuase they will crawl out. They will eat small fish that will fit in their mouths but will also eat shrimp pellets and flake food.
07-06-2008, 03:01 PM #4
Generally salamanders are terrestrial. Newts are aquatic to semi-aquatic. With them it depends on the species in question. Almost all need some land. Paddletail newts are fully aquatic but relatively large so they will eat small tankmates. As stated they are great excape artists. Mine was in the 150 for all of one day or so.
Larval salamanders are fully aquatic but need land as they metamorphosize.
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07-06-2008, 10:52 PM #5
Well I was thinking of catching some salamanders (maybe they're newts?) from the wild, near my home in Massachusetts. I could maybe buy some from a store as well.
Can they climb glass walls? I'd probably keep the water level about 6" from the top of the tank and make a rock formation to give it dry land (I've done this before with a turtle). If I can't keep them with any fish then I probably won't do it, though.10g - planted, 4 otocinclus, 6 amano shrimp
07-06-2008, 10:57 PM #6
i would reccomend an axolotl! i have one and he is great!