Chinese fire-bellied newts originate from eastern central China. They
originate from cool, still waters with large areas of vegetation.
The tank should range from 60-72° F. They may be kept at temperatures
around 40° F before breeding. However, this is not recommended for
the constant temperature. Large pieces of gravel should be used to line
the bottom of the tank in order to keep the ! newts from digesting them.
Sand, and plants are also recommended for the general comfort of the newt.
Although newts are primarily aquatic they should be given the option of
surfacing to land, in this case a lily pad, or general land mass would
be sufficient. The tank should be cleaned every two to three weeks.
The newts should be fed live food. This will help maintain health. Some
good examples of food are bloodworms, small mealworms, earthworms that
are cut into tiny pieces, or small shrimp. For larger newts crickets,
and small guppies may also be acquired. The newt should be fed two or
three times a week, overfeeding will produce excess waste in the tank.
This excess waste builds up to become toxins in the water.
Determination of Sex: This is a very difficult task. The female is more cylindrical, while the male is more oval. The male also has a short filament at the end of his tail. In some species the male also has a change in coloration at the end of his tail.