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i have two aquatic turtles who live in a large tank and i dred changing their water every two weeks
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Thanks for the feedback…the difficulties in cleaning etc have to do with their nature, and how we keep them. In the wild, they spend most of their non-basking time searching for food or mates, moving about etc….even the largest tank is tiny compared to the ground they cover, Much of the dismantling of filters etc is re-directed foraging behavior, etc. As for feeding, they tear into things, spreading bits and pieces all over (which in nature becomes food for fishes, invertebrates, etc); even in zoos we have a job keeping up on water quality. A small turtle ie a musk in a 75 gallon filtere aquarium might be okay, but large active species are a lot of work. Be sure to keep tank bottom bare..gravel will add to your workload.
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Actually, many fish are even more trouble, since you also have pH, ammonia, water hardness and other concerns to deal with. Many have surprising learning abilities, extremely cpmplicate dbehaviors, although these may be harder to detect w/o experience.
Jul 22, 2016 - More often than not, the aquatic turtles that you get for your tank will be larger
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Turtles don't just need water, they also need substrate to keep the water clean and disease-free, and a basking area where they can completely dry out, rest and warm up. Use several inches of gravel substrate that's either too small to choke on or too large to fit in the turtle's mouth. Use well-anchored aquarium wood, such as "African root," smooth, stable stones, or Plexiglas ramps and planks. Make sure your turtle can actually get out of the water at all times without being able to climb out of the tank. 8 Results - Great but Cheap Large Aquatic Turtle Tank, Cheap Home & Garden,Decorations,Toys & Hobbies,Blocks, as well as Cheap and more
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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.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.Maybe you can utilize your woodworking skills to build a custom turtle cage. These work super well for tortoises due to the fact of them not needing a large amount of water. Turtles like red eared sliders need more water and building a custom aquatic tank is pretty difficult. Although… I have seen turtle owners build custom wood tanks combined with fish aquariums to create super “natural” like habitats. Your craftiness skills are the limit with what you can build. Above, I have shared some cool images I could find. Gives you a good idea of what others have done.
Relying on your turtle going into hibernation around a fence isn’t going to be a good idea. What you could do is put the turtle in the fishpond during the warmer months of the year and then maybe get a tank in your garage for the cold months. This way the turtle can actually have fun in the larger environment and swim around in the fishpond and then during the cold months just living a tank or an aquarium. That is precisely what I do and the turtles just do fine you just need to make sure that even though they are outside in the fishpond they do need adequate sunlight and you may have to get a light involved.When choosing what rocks to use, make sure your turtle cannot consume the rocks. The larger the rocks the better. Not that your turtle is for surely going to eat them… it’s just a safe precaution to take when setting up your tank. When turtles are younger, they may snap at prey between rocks and accidentally catch a rock in their mouth. Rinse your rocks before putting them in your aquarium very well. Just to make sure all debris and bacteria is removed.Likewise, for bigger turtles and those with more room to spare, there are much larger stock ponds available. Whether you are looking for a ">100 gallon tank, ">300 gallon tank or , it’s generally much more cost-effective to use these plastic tanks compared to glass aquaria.