The Tiger salamander is a beautiful amphibian creature that looks, in an anthropomorphic sense of course, rather inquisitive. One look at this native Chinese and Amazon jungle creature immediately explains its regal name; it is yellowish orange with striking black stripes all along its body. It has been a favorite pet of vivarium builders for quite some time now, and may even be the reason you find yourself trying to learn how to build a salamander vivarium from this article. It should be fairly easy to locate a pet store that carries all the items you’ll need to make a proper vivarium. A quick rundown of things consists of simply looking around a natural area for the kinds of hardscape materials you wish to construct – like certain style of rocks, pebbles, hollowed wooden logs, etc. It’s important not to get these items from outside (unless they are near the home of the tiger salamander you obtain), because they could have tiny bugs that adversely affect their health; just like parasites from another region would affect you.
The foundation of your vivarium is obviously the aquarium tank. Depending on the size of your salamander and/or the number of such amphibians you buy, you’ll need a tank over two feet long, with side dimensions of over a foot each. This will allow you to put in the elements of a habitable landscape – water bowls, hiding spots, shaded area, makeshift lake, land masses, etc. Before all his gets added, though, you need to lay the drainage foundation – a false bottom through which waste can sift. After this, you need sphagnum moss and activated charcoal, nutrient-grabbing soil that will keep your vivarium smelling and feeling like natural atmosphere to the important inhabitants – otherwise your tiger salamanders will be unhappy. This unhappiness can manifest itself in several ways: they won’t breed, nor will they eat. If they cease doing the latter, of course they will get sick and die. After getting the other elements of the vivarium tank set up (aerator and water supplier, etc), now comes the fun part: natural design. You can start arranging plants, pebbles and other hardscape structures around the area – check out our website for ideas on just how fantastic the finished vivarium product could look. Give them a drinking cup or bowl that I easy to reach, and is separate from the plentiful areas of water and wetland you will provide. As amphibians, they really kind of need the water; furthermore, the water I where any tadpoles will be born. When it comes to food, Tiger salamanders prefer live insects and worms of all kinds. Many will devour meat pellets bough and labeled as ok from the pet store, but some will not (in our experience). Baby mice without hair yet is a treat; feeding them too many will leave you with overweight salamanders that will de early. Cleaning should be done regularly one day per week; if you do all these things, you’ll have a nice little vivarium ecosystem to show off for a decade at the very least – and twenty years at the most.