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Bloated Newt Advice? Please Help!

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Posted by: brilliantbearded at Wed Sep 1 17:03:20 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by brilliantbearded ]  
   

I have 3 Fire Belly Newts housed in a 5 gallon aquarium with a sand substrate, small filter, live plants, and a bridge where they can hide under or seek shallow water on. I have had them 9 months. They are picky eaters, but seem to eat enough. I offer them dried tubiflex worms, dried daphnia, and the newt pellets. There are 2 feeder guppies in the aquarium as well. They eat the babies when they have them. The temp stays around 72. Not sure of the methods people use to make it any colder. They other 2 newts have always been smaller, but this one is clearly bloated. It's neck and throat are so bloated that it can't close its mouth. It's body is so swollen that there are ribs in between the flesh. The legs and tail aren't swollen yet so hopefully it's not too late. I noticed it this morning, and between classes found some different suggestions online. Please provide any advice that you can on this subject. He is in a quarantine tank with one rock and about an inch of water. I read that it is good to put them in a tank with plain soil that you keep moist or moist papertowels, but havent tried it yet. I bought the soil, but am reluctant to do it without any other opinions. I have also read that "Melafix" is good to add to the water, or some type of salt dipping as well. My local vets aren't sure what to suggest so I am asking you guys. Please help me help this little guy! Thank you so much!


   

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