Slowfoot: thank you so much for the info. I will make the necessary changes to my build. So glad you chimed in with such great knowledge, hope you follow the build.
I have several areas where the newts can crawl out onto some swampy moss. There are a couple of them who really like to hang out under a smooth flat rock that shades the moss. Right now they have about 5 inches of water........ill make more.
I'll post some pics of the build thus far.........