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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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new vivarium (amphibian mixing)

Are there any small salamanders or newts that 1. are not toxic, 2. never get very big(no bigger than 3-5 inches, 3. can survive in an average temperature of 75 degrees f, and 4. and least important are aquatic or semi aquatic so not to dig to much under the land (which would have plants)?

Another question, what is a good ph for most amphibians? I know different amphibians require similar settings to their original habitat, but I have a really hard time finding information on individual or group frog or salamander water conditions besides the fact that it should be clean would 8.0 be harmfull?

If I were to use Kent Black Water Extract in the water of my vivarium and the misting water would that be good for plants and animals? mostly amphibians.
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Well to my knowlege, pretty much no salamander is going to be out and about, especially during daylight hours, and the common newts are going to be Cynops orientalis and Cynops pyrrhogaster, both of which are toxic. I think you're looking into the wrong animals if you want something you're going to see on a regular basis.

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I know this post is a fwe months old, but i'm gonna respond anyways... As far as newt species, i'm not real sure as i have little experience with them... but for the toxicity... even the ones that are toxic are very mild and shouldn't harm most other inhabitants, or you... the PH of 8 is a little high, but probably wouldn't hurt anything... from what i hear, 7 in just about ideal. Black water extract would be fine. Many people in the poison dart frog hobby use it. and if you use coco fiber as the "dirt" then after awhile the pH will go down from drainage, and will get a little darker, like using black water extract... I've always been a fan of tiger salamanders if you can still find one.

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