I keep mine in an unheated tank, heavily filtered. They are easy keepers and pop out babies twice a year or so. I don't have plants in with mine so don't know if they will eat them but I hear they don't. I have 1 that is slightly larger then 2" and the rest are a little smaller and a bunch of little babies.
I agree they do not like the warmer waters; I tried them in a couple of my fish tanks and they didn't like it, I had to pull them out.
Mine are in 76 degree planted tanks, they leave the plants alone and pop out offspring every couple of months. They poop a great deal and can get pretty large. Mine are not that active in the daytime but very active at night.
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