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Tuxedo 02-06-2007 08:24 PM

Questions on Swordtails and Firebellied Newts
 
I have 2 tetras and a swordtail in a 12 gallon, and I'm thinking about getting one or two firebellied newts. My previous sword tails were biters, so I'm worried that this one might bite the newts. It has not attacked any other swordtails or tetras, but it may because it is a smaller swordtail and the tetras are faster.
I know someone who is a fish keeper and has several tanks, so I CAN always give them the swordtail and maybe the tetras. But I've grown attached to the 3, so I would rather keep them.
It's better safe that sorry, though. If you have ever kept a swordtail and Newt in the same tank with no problems, please say so. =)

jsm11482 02-06-2007 11:13 PM

I could be totally wrong but it seems to me that a newt wouldn't be a great idea for an aquarium. They do like to crawl out onto land....unless you are setting up a terrarium type thing....

Tuxedo 02-07-2007 08:02 PM

Oh! yeah, sorry, I did forget to mention that. I am adding a land area ((not too big to take away space for the fish and to keep clean water)).

Matt 02-07-2007 08:58 PM

I have done it before and it was not a problem.
now my newt is with plattys and goldfish, shrimp, and a pleco.

musho3210 02-07-2007 09:02 PM

i wouldnt do it, they are amphibias and the are escape artists. Plus they are coldwater, not tropical

Matt 02-07-2007 09:15 PM

you have never done it before musho....i have and it worked fine.
just the only thing that i did was put the newt in first and slowly got him used to colder water.then added the swordtails and mollies.

musho3210 02-07-2007 09:17 PM

experiance isnt everything, anyway if you really really really want to, then you can try but only use guppies or other coldwater fish in there. Dont put any warm tropical fish in there, and make sure if you are having fish that there is adequate land

Matt 02-08-2007 10:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Matt
you have never done it before musho....i have and it worked fine just the only thing that i did was put the newt in first and slowly got him used to colder water.then added the swordtails and mollies.

I meant warmer water.


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