I love red spotted newts. I used to catch those guys by the dozens and keep them in a 5g bucket with bricks stacked up so they could crawl out of the water if they wanted. I'd keep and watch them a few days and release them. Never tried keeping them long term in an aquarium though. Might be a cool project for next year. The juveniles are awesome too. I wish they'd stay that super bright red for life.
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I had one in a small paludarium once (a long time ago). kinda interesting critter. usually fed it pellets, can't remember if they were specifically for newts, or if they happened to be cichlid, turtle, or some generic pellet it took a liking too. A friend of mine used to hand feed it, by sticking some pellets on her wet finger and putting it in front of the newt. bit her (and hung on) a few times, but I guess it didn't hurt, cause she didn't stop feeding it. didn't make the newt look terribly bright though...
I've heard the toxins in their skin (most amphibians have this) can bother other critters in the tank, but I think I just kept mine with some feeder guppies.
seemed to be pretty easy to care for from what I remember.
I love those little guys! Currently planning out a nice tank for them, however I gotta take care of upgrading my African clawed frogs into their final home first XD I really can't wait to get things going with the newts though I love water/land setups and can't wait to design and plant the tank for them. They are awesome to watch too, especially around feeding time.