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    Posted: 18 Sep 2011 at 1:40pm
Wow, great link! thanks a lot for that, you've given me the itch to start building!
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about a pond what about a sunken barrel pond looks amazing and is too small to be a danger :)
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Well, since posting, I have tried them on mysis again, and they scoffed it down like it was a delicacy! Last time I tried they turned their noses up at me!

We keep cichlids (in a separate tank I should point out!), which is why we have these frozen bugs. I may go and buy a wider selection. The cichlids will eat anything the newts don't want.

As for the pond, we don't have one, and couldn't. Even if it were practical, it would be dangerous with all the small children around here. I know we shouldn't really keep them in a tank, but they are really interesting pets.

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they are nice pets but keeping them in a garden pond would be better :) also buy a mixed pack of frozen fish food from a pet shop so they have a more varied diet
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I used to keep them, don't really see much wrong with it other than I would now let them go after a year max and having kept several native species of reptile and amphibian in the past I now know there are better vivarium species. Easy to say though when I have several of the more common species living in the garden these days so for most months of the year I only have to go outside to see them. I still remember 'Nigel' and 'Nellie' my two smooth newts I caught at a local pond very well, look where they led me.  Smile
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How long did you keep them for? Ours seem to be doing well enough. They are fairly active, but not enough that makes me think they're too confined. They eat very well (how many newts do you know that get hand-fed?), so aren't starving!

We've had ours for about six months. Caught them in the spring.
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I must ad mit i am one of those naughty people who has keeped newts befor e but they are difficult to keep and most of mine ended up being released in my garden ill post pics of my old terresrtrial tank soon
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Hee hee, I used to have two of those when I was a boy. I kept them in a big tank with two terrapins. Now that brings back happy memories!

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Originally posted by GemmaJF GemmaJF wrote:

There are several amphibian species more suited to captivity than our native newts which are now regularly captive bred. Perhaps suggesting releasing the newts and replacing with a pet salamander might go down well. Wink

I would have to agree with this point, maybe even an Axolotyl?
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