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29g newt paludarium

I apologize in advance for the poor pictures!

I set this tank up in 2007 as a home for my broken-striped newts. It's basically an aquarium with a shelf made of driftwood and great stuff as the 'land' part of the paludarium. These newts are fully aquatic as adults, so the land portion is mostly for me.

Here are some old pics from right after I set it up. The water is still a little brown from the tannins and the plants have not become the jungle they are today:





After an algae attack:



And some pics of the tank and inhabitants today:















The newts need it cool, so I'm limited as far as what plants I can grow. I've ended up just throwing things in there too see if they'll survive.

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Cools newts and tank! Out of curiosity, how did you use the Great Stuff and driftwood to make the shelf?

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Thanks!

I basically used the same method that people use to build backgrounds in terrariums: I siliconed the driftwood in the configuration I wanted, then filled in the cracks with Great Stuff. To cover the white foam, I smeared it with black silicone and coco fiber.

So far, it's held up really well. The wood is cypress, so it's been pretty rot resistant.
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Just a little update

I did some plant trimming and removed a few of the java fern 'pups' that were taking over the tank. Eventually, I'll need to find the sword a new home because it's getting too tall for the water level.











And a 10g that I'm using to transition the terrestrial efts to aquatic adults. The land section is basically dirt and gravel on top of large rocks (to prevent the water from getting stagnant).

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very nice, i like how natural the 10g looks. also what are efts?
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very nice, i like how natural the 10g looks. also what are efts?
Thanks! Efts are the terrestrial stage of aquatic newts. Their life cycle goes: egg--> aquatic larva --> terrestrial eft --> aquatic adult. So they need an set-up where they can get used to going back into the water.
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Thanks! Efts are the terrestrial stage of aquatic newts. Their life cycle goes: egg--> aquatic larva --> terrestrial eft --> aquatic adult. So they need an set-up where they can get used to going back into the water.
Are the efts of the same type as your other newts? have any pictures? 8D

I wanted a paludaruim + newts, but couldnt find a place that sold anything other than firebellies or tiger salamanders. I wanted red efts(forgot what newt that was though xD)
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beautiful setup, I used to keep firebelly newts years ago
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Those look like eastern newts to me. Are the efts bright red?

edit: my bad...you're probably right. Just looked at my late newt's pictures
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Thanks for the comments!

sejoy and jeffww, they're a subspecies of Eastern newt so they look similar, but the efts are orange instead of bright red (not quite as toxic). Here's a picture of my group:



You can actually get quite a variety of captive bred and fully aquatic newts now, though you'll never be able to keep them in a cool rimless set up because they are such great escape artists.
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I have a 75 gallon paludarium and your photos make me realize just how much farther I have to go with it lol. I absolutely love the setup! The plants look really heathly and large piece of drift really makes the tank


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that looks really nice. I almost bought a group of emperor newts a few weeks ago, this set up makes me think I should have.
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sejoy and jeffww, they're a subspecies of Eastern newt so they look similar, but the efts are orange instead of bright red (not quite as toxic).
Thanks for the info, that's really interesting. I would love to have some red efts of these guys one day. About how long do they stay efts? I never could get a straight answer online, some sites even said they can stay efts if the environment isn't ideal for aquatic? Also what are their tank size requirements?

Really nice tanks, I especially like the greenery on the wood! =)

*edit: daaang that is a lot of newts. I didnt even count them before. That's awesome.
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I love both of these setups, they look so natural, you did an awesome job!

Your newts are also adorable and beautiful by the way!


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