My Eastern Newt Setup - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 86
My Eastern Newt Setup

Nothing in the tank right now is aquatic as far as plants, and I'm honestly not sure if any of the terrestrial plants will survive.. someone told me household ferns should make it & they had good luck with them before. I guess I will see.. But, I also do plan on adding some dwarf lotus or lilies to the front, open area.

This is a 28gal bowfront tank with a 6" tall piece of glass siliconed to about the middle of the tank. I made sure that it was not actually water tight, I want water to flow up into the gravel in order to water the plants back there. There is just gravel in the back and sand in the front. I plan to dose the water column with a small amount of flourish complete. Light above is a single t8 6500k.

Living in there right now are three Eastern Newts - Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis specifically. I might add a couple fish to make some fry snacks for the newts, but other than that, these guys and/or gals are all that will be in the tank. Except when I drop some ghost shrimp snacks in there. Not sure if any fish would really thrive/survive in the tank though. It is not kept with a heater because these newts need to be kept at the highest, room temp.. They prefer temps from 60-75 degrees, and can go even colder.


Nephrolepis cordifolia 'Lemon Button'
Asplenium nidus - Birds Nest Fern (I think)
Tradescantia albiflora - Wandering Jew.... which I don't think will like this set up, but I had some extra stems and thought - why not!

And here's a pic of one of the newts.. They have been swimming around like crazy since I moved them to this bigger tank so it's hard to get a pic. The sand is also making the water cloudy.

And here's two of em hanging out. The other one crammed itself into a small crevice it found.. which I've since blocked off. That's the only thing I hate about these guys is that they love to cram themselves into tiny places sometimes and then I can't find them.
jennesque is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 07:32 AM
Algae Grower
Gecko's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 74
I dont know aout salamenders but i think it will be good to make them some little chambers with rocks or some driftwoods. Background is look very good and natural. And your little friends on last photo are adarable. They waving

Turkish boy from Hong Kong...
Gecko is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 04:44 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
izabella87's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: montreal,canada
Posts: 732
Thats soooo adorable!!

Believe in the impossible because only a fraction of the things humans have accomplished was considered possible - IK
Youtube Channel
Instagram @ Enshacra87
izabella87 is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 05:01 PM
Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: May 2009
Location: MICHIGAN
Posts: 3,239
That's a nice home for your newts!

110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
10g RCS and show guppies

MIAPG - Come join us - Plantedtank - MI - Greatlakesaquaria
GMYukonon24s is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 05:50 PM
Algae Grower
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: South Berwick
Posts: 7
Nice tank. I really like that background.
leviathan is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome