Fire Belly Newts are affordable pets that are great for any beginner. They also have a longer life span then you think; 5 to 10 years, and even more if you can take good care of them.
Never use a tank less than ten gallons plus no land NEWTS NEED LAND TO LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!
Buy all the equipment that you will need.
Choose one or two healthy looking newts.
Wash out tank and anything that's going in the habitat. You can use a fish - safe detergent, but don't use soap!
Arrange the plants so that the newts can come out of the water.
It's a good idea to get large size gravel or large river rocks to use in habitat. Never use dirt! They also do good without anything at the bottom, as long as they have a few plants to get on or hang out in and sand is REALLY hard to clean.
Feed every other day.
If you have a newt that isn't eating you need to feed him frozen blood worms or crickets. Newts don't really eat those little newt pellets they sell at pet stores.
Don't have more than 3 newts in anything smaller then a 10 gallon tank.
Clean out the habitat once a week.
You can use spring/bottled drinking water instead of using tap water. When using spring water you don't have to add the conditioner drops. You could also try water left out for a week, like with aquariums, but be careful not to leave it out for more than a week or it will go green.
Don't handle newts unless you're cleaning their tank! They're really cute but it can hurt them or you when you handle them more then you have to.
Always wash your hands before and after handling newts.
Keep newts at room temp. (62-74 degrees Fahrenheit) as they will die if you put them under any type of heat lamp. They actually like their water cool to the touch.
When washing your newt's supplies, don't use soap or any other detergent as it will harm a newt. Pet stores may sell a better alternative.