Acquired: Pet store
South Australia, Australia
Posted Sep 04, 2012
These were my daughters pets, they were slimy to touch and this needs to be remembered when picking them up to clean their tank. She found them gorgeous I had a different view. When keeping these types of pets it is recommended that you: 1) have them in separate tank from other fish as their gills tend to be nibbled and eaten away and this could cause potential health problems. 2) Keep the temperature below 20 C or around 70F, they like cool clean waters. This was reason for the demise of my daughters pets as we experienced a heatwave of 10 days over 40C and they simply died, in a vertical position with their noses facing the bottom of the tank. If you do have warm weather place a frozen water bottle in the tank during the day to keep the temperatures down. Unfortunately there is no other way of knowing that these fish are in distress.
Salamanders love to eat mince meat and they were quickly trained to eat of a stick at mealtimes, however, meat can muddy up the water very quickly and it would be wise to either clean the tank every week or withdraw half of it and fill it with fresh water.