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Hello Everyone

I am new to this board. I have kept a lot of animals including fw rays, sharks,other marine fish, lots of freshwater fish, reptiles incluing a dwarf caiman, invertebrates on land.
 

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Re: Hey I am new to this board

Gibbus said:
... reptiles incluing a dwarf caiman.
I'm just landscaping the back yard (recently moved into this place) and spent a squillion dollars on palms, brick and mortar today. I'm building a freshwater pond ~6 metres long, 3 metres wide x 0.5 metres deep(est). A caiman would be the finishing touch (it might stop the cats pooping in the garden for sure)! How does one procure such a beast? I don't suppose there's such a thing as mail-order caiman is there?? (to New Zealand). Probably laws against such things.

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you need an alligator! A caiman wouldn't survive the NZ winter :)
 

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"Because they are tropical animals, Cuvier's Dwarf Caimans should have a daytime high temperature of about 33 degrees Celsius with a nighttime low of about 25 degrees Celsius. The water area should remain around 26 degrees Celsius. Although Caimans may not bask as much as other crocodilians, they should be allowed a basking spot in the enclosure."

Thanks for that link; too true C, too cold here in NZ for this wee beast (we get to 0°C at night, extreme low). I did have an entertaining last eve contemplating a croc in the garden.

Back to the drawing board; might get some killer koi.
 

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I think Colin's on to something...go try an american alligator :usa: ....ive occasionally seen seen them around where i live, and definitely a little further south... i compared climates and you have a much milder year...

plus if it doesnt work out as a decoration/garbage disposal, the meat isnt too bad....
 

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yep, an American alligator will even hibernate under ice if it has to! Plus, not so angry to work with compared to caimans and crocs...
 

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Alligators?

I did have an entertaining last eve contemplating a croc in the garden
Steve,
very disappointed that the pool is not marine, 'cause then you could keep some giant octo-puss [however I know that they are not common Kat(eating)fische].
It would also keep the environmental hounds at bay (as I believe they object to every little alien - from mosquito to pigs - that attempts to arrive in those beautiful islands), as you could use native species.
Could even be considered the NZ equivalent of a busman's holiday every time you arrived home??
 

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... I'll be trying a marine tank at home, but not indoors (I don't think the floorboards would take 1 ton of water); I've an outside room in which I'll keep the squid on a recirc system.

We're looking at a live squid display at a local fishmart, so 'squid are on the move'. I'm quite comfortable with the system/animals now, enough so to gamble on a little additional public/squid exposure.

It would rock to have an Archi in your back yard, but not yet (too many kids around).
 

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