Today we’re going to tell you what we like and dislike about setting up a home for us.
First, we have seen some tanks that are just water and a small flat area of dry land. YUKKKK! How boring. Don’t they realize we are animals in need of variety and fun?
How do you know whether we like to spend most of our time in the water or on land? You don’t unless you provide us with a lot of both. For instance, Brownie spends almost all of her time in the water hanging on to the edge of the land area. Greenie spends most of his time on a rock that is submerged by the waterfall. And, Limey hardly ever goes into the water at all. He likes to sit up high and overlook his domain. Sort of like “King of the Mountain.”
Limey would spend more time in the water if he had to because there was only one small rock in the tank, but he wouldn’t be happy. Brownie would spend less time in the water if the tank had only a small area of water, but she wouldn’t be happy.
If you are going to keep pets, let them be as happy as they can be.
Here is how April has our tank set up right now so we can all enjoy what we like. She rearranges our tank every time she cleans it making new hiding places to find which keeps us interested in our environment. Toads can get depressed just like any other animal.
April has a 30 gallon tank and likes to keep fish in it so she has to have a lot of water in the tank. But, she wanted a lot of land for us and the newts also. So she put 2 vases in the water upside down. As you can see in the picture below the larger vase is clear so it doesn’t block your ability to watch the fish in the tank. She also has a tall underwater cave structure and puts a plastic baby fish holder on top of that. She used to use the baby fish holder to protect the baby guppies from the other fish when she raised guppies. She puts decorative rocks, shells and some small plastic plants in the baby fish holder to add weight to it before setting it on the top of the underwater cave. She places that structure and the two vases in a triangle to be the support structures of the land mass she is going to construct.
She has an upside down ceramic bowl on one of the vases to help start making the land mass above the waterline. She has a flat piece of plastic from the top of an older hexagon aquarium that she balances between the three tall support columns. Then she adds some large flat rocks until she has a large flat land mass (most of this area is still slightly under water).
Now comes the fun part. She adds different size rocks to the land mass and builds hiding places by placing flat rocks across the top of round rocks. That way we can hide and she can still see us.
She also puts in extra long plants so their tops float on the water. We all love to sit on those sometimes.
Then we are almost set. One last thing she does is make sure the rock under our waterfall is placed just right. She doesn’t want us hopping up into the water filter but more importantly she knows how much Greenie loves to sit below the waterfall hiding under a rock for hours at a time. So, she makes sure the flat rock under the waterfall has a good hiding rock on it for Greenie.
We all like to climb up on the waterfall rock and take showers every so often. The newts don’t though.
Did you notice the piece of carrot in some of the pictures above? It is for the crickets. With all the rocks in the tank the crickets can hide from us so April sometimes puts a bunch of crickets in the tank. She puts the carrot in so they have something to eat and will be fat and plump even if they manage to hide from us for a few days before we catch them. She changes the carrot stick out for a new one every day though otherwise it would get moldy.
This is a good home for the fire-bellied newts also since they really don’t like to be forced to spend all or most of their time in the water. At least Randal1 and Randal2 would prefer to be out of the water in a damp area instead of directly in the water.
April thinks having fish in the tank keeps us entertained. She catches every one of us watching the fish every now and then.
We love our tank!
Brownie, Greenie and Limey