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Chinese Firebelly Newt
Japanese Firebelly Newt

Common Names: Chinese Firebelly Newt, Dwarf Firebelly Newt

Scientific Name: Cynops orientalis

Distribution: China

Size: Up to 4 inches, usually about 3 inches.

Temperament: Very compatible in groups or in community tanks.

Hardiness: Very hardy and easy to maintain.

Sexing: Males in breeding condition have swollen ventand extended tail tip.

Food: Tubifex worms, night crawler sections, baby snails, daphnia and small insects.

Housing: A 10 gallon aquarium can house a group of these Newts. Use a gravel substrate with a water level of 6" to 10", add plenty of aquatic plants and some rounded cork bark floats for hauling out purposes.

Water: Use only dechlorinated/dechloramined water, with under gravel or mechanical filtration.

Temperature/Humidity: 55F - 72F, this species prefers cooler temperatures.

Lighting: Standard aquarium lighting as for tropical fish is sufficient for these Newts.

Heating: Supplemental heating is not needed for this species, under normal conditions.

Notes: The Japanese Firebelly Newt (Cynops pyrogaster) is a larger species that can be set up and maintained under similar conditions.

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