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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-03-2011, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Reptiles with water


I am a experienced aquarist with a 90G Reef tank and a 30G NW cichild tank. I am interested in doing a aquarium/reptile tank, thinking a 15G or so body of water in the bottom of a 50G aquarium, leaving half of the floor area of the tank raised for some sort of reptile/amphibian. I like the look of the geckoes, but would they be safe around a 10" deep body of water? The water, of course would be filtered heavily, heated, and conditioned. If not I guess I could go with something like a red-bellied newt.

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i honestly do not know if any animal (expect a newt) would be safe in 10" of water without a risk of drowning!!

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Chinese Water Dragons like water, but you couuuld Not keep one in a 50 gal. It would work fine with firebelly newts. I don't know about other frogs/newts but I am guessing that it would work if they have a way to climb out.
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With the numbers you listed your rather limited in what you can do. The water mass is to small for aquatic turtles, and the tank is to small for most water loving reptiles (water dragon, mangrove monitor, dwarf caiman etc...). Gecko's can swim, but with any reptile that isn't particularly water loving you will run the risk of drowning. You would be fine with the majority of the amphibian fare though. Or you could do something with mudskippers (brackish water).
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