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Old 10-06-2012, 09:18 PM   #16
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I have kept several different species of newt, the easiest to breed being Cynops orientalis, Chinese fire belly newt, as long as its heavily planted. Just two of these guys will make a small school of guppies disappear although I never personally seen them eat or go after them. My guess is they get them at night. And I've heard they will eat cherry shrimp as well.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:17 AM   #17
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sean, I'll look into them. Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:43 AM   #18
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here you go...the Bog Turtle. only grows about 4" and is semi-aquatic to the point it actually does more than just sit and bask outside of the water. breeding may be difficult in just a 20 long but i'm sure possible. Price for a captive bred will be really high though
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:45 AM   #19
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Mudskippers.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:21 AM   #20
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You know, I've been researching mudskippers for a while, but the salinity scares me. Plus, no recording breeding in captivity has ever occurred.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:57 AM   #21
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Theres a nice LFS in Pekin, IL that has alot of rarities and they have a nice mudskipper display tank there. I fell in love with them but I dont really think its my gig either
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:42 AM   #22
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My vote is for salamander / newt, particularly if you want to breed at home. Turtles require a lot more space and habitat requirements to breed, and red eared sliders will definitely require a lot more space than you think.

Not to mention the smell.
Yes to the space requirements, but no to the smell. That's a myth in a properly filtered/maintained aquarium.

I owned a few firebellies when I was a kid...loved them. I'd go with that.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #23
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I love pacman, love watching them eat mouse
I'd vote No to this suggestion. Pacman frogs have been know to drown. I will second that it is cool to watch them eat though.

Newts and Sals sound like a good option. I'm looking at setting up a FB Newt tank this fall/winter.

If you haven't bought a tank yet, I would go for a long tank instead of a tall tank. It will give you more options.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #24
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Looking into oriental FB newts. Seems like the way to go so far. It's a bummer I can't find any mutations though.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:50 PM   #25
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Paddle tail newts look like giant fire belly newts and will make short work of any other inhabitants. They will not usually spend time on land though.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:39 PM   #26
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here you go...the Bog Turtle. only grows about 4" and is semi-aquatic to the point it actually does more than just sit and bask outside of the water. breeding may be difficult in just a 20 long but i'm sure possible. Price for a captive bred will be really high though
Bog turtles are actually endangered, so no go there. :P I would heavily suggest either an eastern mud turtle, or a stinkpot. Those two are very small, with the eastern spending slightly more time on land, and the stinkpot spending slightly more time in water. Musk turtles of all kinds have amazing personalities. Very shocking to see a reptile so excited to see you every day.

I wouldn't give up on turtles so easily, if you get them to breed, it's pretty rewarding. I was considering building an out of tank location for them that would allow them to walk up and out of the tank, and into this location to bury their eggs. Still debating how I'd accomplish that, but I'm sure there are ways to make it look pretty cool. Especially if you incorporate live plants into the egg burying area.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:01 AM   #27
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What about freshwater crabs? The geosesarma species is apparently easy to breed in freshwater.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:10 PM   #28
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This is interesting, and the first I've heard of this. I'll have to investigate this further. Thanks, evilhorde.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:32 PM   #29
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Here is a link to a person that sells two different types of geosesarma in the US.
http://www.brianstropicals.com/categ...m-for-info%29/
The Geosesarma notophorum look especially interesting as they carry their young on their backs until they are ready to fend for themselves.
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Finding out vampire crabs maybe more easily kept for me since they can have temps up to 80F or so.
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