Above: In this picture is a nice Freshwater Fire Belly Newt.
Comments: These are newts that you rarely see in live fish stores. Premium newts like these newts are more hardy and more colorful than newts from other sources.
Origin: This newt's ancestors lived in China, but now you can find them throughout aquariums all across the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, this newt often grows to be about 4" long, but they live many years and continue to grow slowly for their entire lives.
Behaviors: They usually stay at the bottom of the tank, and have quite a personality.
Compatibility: These newts are recommended to be in a species only tank, with shallow areas. Click hereto read more about compatible groups of inverts.
Temperature: This newts can live pretty well from about 70 to 80 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable from about 75 to 78 degrees F. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.
Feeding: Premium Fish Food, these newts mainly eat live black worm. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.
Water Conditions: This newt can tolerate a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best. Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water. Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water. Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.
Aquarium Size: These guys can do well living in a 20-gallon aquarium, but of course bigger is better. They will need plenty of shallow areas where they could perch out of the water.
Decor: These newts do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water. Rocks, and out of water areas would be an excellent addition for these guys. Click here for more about aquarium gravel.
Live Plants are beautiful, improve the water quality. Click here for more about aquarium plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 200 in an aquarium with 30-gallons is OK. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.
The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: This newt can live for a few years, and if fed with premium food they may live even longer than that.
Gender: It's very hard to determine male from female, the easiest way to find out is to look at their genitalia to see which has a larger opening, indicating the female.
Breeding: There have been some attempts with breeding these newts.
Popularity: These freshwater newts are rather popular.
Names: This species name is Cynops orientalis.
Variations: There are some variations throughout the US.
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