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Posted by orion on November 08, 2001 at 13:16:43:
In Reply to: Newts and betta fish posted by Jennewt on November 08, 2001 at 09:18:48:
my very first salamander ever was a mandarin. i had no idea how to care for it, so i put it in my red-eyed tree frog tank. needless to say, the 80F degree temps alone took their tole on the mandarin. not only that, but one of the red-eyes died in the same week i put the salamander in, probably because of stress and/or foreign pathogens. so, i quarantined the mandarin and did my research on how to care for her and what went wrong. she stopped eating and began to develop white sores on her head and lower back, which i treated with kanacyn and neosporin. i think that the only reason she lived is because i got her out of there just in time. i learned a hard lesson about researching species before purchasing them, and about putting their requirements before my own. i wanted to create some colorful, jungle-like tank with interesting species, but i did not even consider if they were compatible or not. it was very ignorant of me, and i feel very bad about it even today.