12-20-2006, 02:48 AM
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He's been fine with the guppys in there for almost 2 yrs now. I had, at one point, too many guppies in my other tank, couldn't get them seperated fast enough, so I decided to use them as feeders to get the population under control. I have bettas that will only eat guppy fry and live worms (they're fussy little girls), and I figured the salamander would appreciate some of the older adult females. He actually seemed to like the company. I see him swimming "with" the guppys from time to time. There are only 2 in there, a pretty pair that I'm hoping will breed, but in moderation of some kind, lol. The orange male is newer, but the female has been in there since I tried to feed her to him, almost 2 yrs ago. She had a few batches of fry, which she, herself quickly ate. I have a decent filter in that tank, and the bioload is so low because the salamander hand feeds, the waterfall is my primary filtration. I don't do much other than feed it and add water when it evaporates.
The water in that tank got dirty only once, from some plants I had added. I brought home some moss from a trip we'd taken up north. I figured the salamander was wild caught, so he'd appreciate it. I covered 2/3 of the tank with 2 different kinds, and he loved it. Then my light went out. Within 2 days the moss was about dead, and within a week it had sort of crumbled away into mud in the gravel. The water is always clear unless I stir it, and water quality is good. This is one of the easiest tanks I've ever set up. It's completely natural and dependent on me only for food and water. I do wipe the glass down from time to time because the salamander climbs around on it a lot. I rearrange this tank about once/yr. My Christmas gift to the salamander... he gets new plants, new rock formations, new lights. He's as spoiled as my kids, lol, and by far my easiest pet. I'll post pics if I get any fry from the guppys.