got a new pet(TANK DEVASTATION!)

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquariums' started by chelseagrin, Jul 12, 2012.

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  1. chelseagrin

    chelseagrin Fire Goby

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    well this afternoon my nephew was over at my house and he walks in cupping something in his hand. he shows me and its the cutest baby tiger salamander, i mean this thing isnt even 3 inches long. i have to say i went a bit overboard with the setup though. finally got a chance to use my 40 gallon hex tank and i placed a piece of plywood on the bottom, drilled 3 very natural looking branches into it, then placed another sheet of wood on top of those balanced. the sheet above is about 1 to 1 and a half feet above the bottom of the tank. i filled the tank with water up to the wood section. i placed a few rocks underneath. then i put some substrate and bark along with some rocks and caves and plants up top for our little guy. right now the lighting is just a compact fluorescent desk light. i am quite busy at the moment, too busy to add pics busy i will upload all the pics tomorrow and there are a few. what would you guys reccomend feeding him? just crickets from petsmart? gut loaded.
     
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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    We will hold you to the pictures this sounds too good not to be shown off. I think the crickets would be a good start maybe add some other creatures in for variety.
     
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  5. chelseagrin

    chelseagrin Fire Goby

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    yes i have kept them before, a few years back i had a very large one, about 10 inches and he was a monster. he could probably bite my finger off. one day he escaped, then 6 months later i find him crawling across my bedroom floor. i had him for another 3 years until he died. they make fantastic little pets and i cant wait to get pics up. this particular ones coloring is mostly black and grey, with a light yellow on the belly.
     
  6. chelseagrin

    chelseagrin Fire Goby

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    got some pics uploaded.

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    this is how i did the setup, the three branches are drilled into a piece of wood that is held to the bottom of the tank by rocks and gravel, the panel on top is just balanced there but it is very sturdy.

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    this is partial way through the setup, got some gravel down and added some moss and cork bark up top.

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    and this is the finished setup, the tank is pretty old so you can see the top glass that isnt submerged is pretty cloudy, i will deal with that soon though. i didnt get any pictures of the guy but i will and i will upload them asap.
     
  7. Matt Rogers

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    You nearly lost me on the 1st photo, but very impressive finish that looks fantastic Chelsea. Very realistic. My old turtle would have loved a platform like that. Well done.

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    chelseagrin Fire Goby

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    thank you! the first photo does indeed look bad but its all part of the process! sometimes it has to look bad for a while before it looks good haha.
     
  10. SkyFire

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    Nice and natural looking.
     
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    Cool. Post pics of the salamander in that sweet setup!
     
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  12. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    really cool! I never caught salamanders as a kid :-(
     
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