After the irresistible pull of the Petco dollar a gallon sale, I decided to set up a riparium for my Japanese fire belly newts. I think ripariums could be pretty nice housing for fully aquatic newt species that don't really need to ever come out of the water.
Here's what I have so far:
20 gallon high
Glass top (newts can climb out, so this will be a high humidity riparium)
Lighting: 24" T5NO Coralife fixture
Substrate: play sand and large rocks (I have to stay away from small gravel and most planting material because newts can swallow it)
So I'm looking for suggestions on plants for the emersed portion. They'll need to be on the short side because there will probably be about 7-8 inches between the water and the top of the glass. They'll also need to be tolerant of cooler water (around 65F in the winter).
I'd love to try an Asian (or Japanese) biotope-type thing, but I don't think I can manage it in my area, just based on what I can get on my budget. This species inhabits deeper pools and ponds attached to cool streams.
Here's a thread documenting their habitat in the wild, if anyone's interested: http://www.caudata.org/forum/f1173-a...al-b-font.html
I'll post some pics of my current set-up later. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!