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Posted by Al on November 08, 2001 at 16:45:27:
In Reply to: Please post mixed-species mistakes posted by Jennewt on November 08, 2001 at 09:17:32:
I tried to cut feeding expenses and started using feeder fish (rosies) for my Spanish Ribbed newts.
I lost 3-4 newts from bloat or disease. The only source that I could trace this to is the feeder fish. I also tried to all coley cats (fish) to eat the left over waste in my pleurodele tank. My reasoning was to keep a well balance tank and decrease need for water changes (these newts are big eater and poopers). By day 2, I noticed one of my breeding females had eaten one of the fish...but it got stuck in her mouth. Most fish have sharp fins. The newt suffered mouth lacerations and developed a nasty infection and died several weeks later, despite antibiotic therapy.
I lost a beautiful paddle tail newt by feeding them diet of rosies (fish). He died from infection like the spanish ribbed newt. He linguered on for 2 months.