How to clean an aquatic turtle tank

Fortunately, an aquatic turtle tank setup can be very simple, so long as some basic...
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Turtles need enough room to grow so make sure your tank is large enough. A lot of freshwater species of turtles can grow to 12″ long. The 20 and 30 gallon aquarium sizes are going to be a bare minimum of what you can use for housing turtles. We get a lot of emails asking if 5 gallon aquariums work for turtles. The answer is a NO because they are too small.
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Aquatic turtles need a balance of appropriately heated water, as well as dry basking areas. This ensures your turtle’s shell has an opportunity to dry out and prevents fungus or shell rot, and it encourages healthy molting. Keep your turtle’s water tank temperature at 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit using a submersible heater or by installing a full-spectrum UV heat lamp above the tank’s basking area. This will ensure good overall health as well as productive molting. Zilla Premium Rimless Aquatic Turtle Tank Kit 20 Gallon
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Most people keep their pet turtles in aquariums but that doesn’t mean you have to. Anything that holds a lot of water will work. Large tubs, plastic pond liners, and anything you can think of. Aquariums are the most popular because you can watch your pet turtles through the tank inside your house and they are easy to buy and setup.As we mentioned earlier, Salmonella is a serious disease. It is transmitted in an animal's feces (pronounced FEE-seez), which is a scientific word for poop. Because aquatic turtles poop in the water, they can get Salmonella germs on the outsides of their bodies when they swim; and we can get those germs into our bodies when we handle the turtles or anything in their habitat. This includes the water, the tank, the filter, and anything else in the habitat.Whether you spent eight bucks in China Town or twenty in a pet store, the chances are that you don’t have everything you need to take care of a pet aquatic turtle. If you are thinking about buying a pet turtle because they’re cheap, read carefully, as your mind may change. Even after you do make all the purchases needed to provide a proper home for your turtle, the biggest challenge still remains: keeping the tank clean. So what do you need to make your turtle happy, and more importantly, how do you keep the tank clean?Empty the tank you plan on using for your turtle tank. Do not use any chemicals when it comes to washing the tank. Pure water is the only think you want to use. Buy aquarium safe sponges from pet stores to wash out your aquarium. Scotch brite pads and similar abrasive like pads scratch glass and then in those cracks like crazy. Just rinse and rub with pure water. Keeping it as simple as possible eliminates unwanted additives to your tank.The easiest way to maintain the correct water temperature in a turtle tank is by using one or more aquarium heaters. These are commonly available in pet supply stores, but you have to be careful to choose the right heater. There are two things that you have to consider.The second is what is called a basking, or “heat” lamp. Turtles need these to dry off their shell when they want to get out of the water. It’s not good if they’re always in the water. Therefore you’ll also need a platform or dry area inside the tank upon which the turtle can rest to get his heat. These are relatively cheap, and are a necessity when putting an aquatic environment together. You can also save some money by making one yourself.