Advice 1: How to make an aquarium for turtles

Buying turtles, we must remember that these crumbs in a year can reach 30 cm. In order not to spend money twice, it is better to take care of them appropriate for the aquarium (it is desirable that the volume of the tank was of 100 liters and more). But, even if you bought a large aquarium, it immediately becomes fit for your Pets. First, it needs a little work.
How to make an aquarium for turtles
You will need
  • Glass aquarium or aquarium of non-toxic plastic, piece of glass or plastic for the manufacture of beach, large stones and shells, incandescent, UV lamp, heater.
Your turtlese need a place where she can bask in the sun (in your variant – under the lamp). For the manufacture of such Bank, take a piece of glass or non-toxic plastic and position it under the lamp. Shore needs to be tilted to turtlee was easier to climb. Distance from the shore to the rim of the aquarium should be at least 30 cm, otherwise your pet can escape. Decorate a shore with pebbles, or driftwood.
The soil for aquatic turtles is not required, but often it is like by aquarists, as it performs a decorative function. In any case do not take the fine soil, sand, pebbles – they all make turtle bowel obstruction. Also not suitable for plastic or glass pebbles – your Pets they will bite. Put the bottom large stones, more heads of turtlesand, and shells. In addition to its aesthetic function, the shell will saturate the water with calcium.
Attach to the aquarium for your turtle incandescent lamp and the UV lamp. The temperature under the bulb should be 29-31 degrees. To include such light should be on 10-12 hours every day.
The final touch is the water heater. Do not spare money on good brand, as there were cases when cheap heaters have Kolotilo, and turtlesand died. To turtlesnot interested in this device, it can be placed under the decorative island, a castle, or simply to fence off the stones.

Advice 2 : How to build a turtle tank

Turtle is the right pet for those who are attracted to a calm and unhurried creation. But their content has its own quirks. For example, as amphibious and on land the turtle is necessary to create comfortable conditions for the detention as they are unable to walk with the man through the apartment, as well as a cat or a dog. What is required for the maintenance of the home turtles?
How to build a turtle tank
You will need
  • For the red-eared terrapins:
  • aquarium;
  • - incandescent;
  • - clay, gravel or coarse sand);
  • - one or two thermometer.
  • filter for water treatment;
  • - water heater;
  • - island sushi for guests.
  • For the Central Asian turtles:
  • - the cage or terrarium;
  • - soil (sand and peat);
  • thermometer;
  • - incandescent;
  • - a container of water.
The most common species of turtles - trachemys and Central Asia. The first of these is a freshwater inhabitant, the second - land. Representatives of both these species can be kept in one apartment, but their conditions were sufficiently different.
If you are planning to put slider turtle, you will need an aquarium with a volume of 100-150 liters for one individual. It is better to choose the capacity of silicate glass, since the surface of the aquarium from plexiglass will be too noticeable scratches from the turtle's claws. As the soil is fine clean coarse sand or fine gravel.
Slider turtles spend in the water quite a large part of his time, but they are vital to Islands of land. The island should be sufficiently large, measuring about a quarter of the total area of the aquarium. To the tortoise it was convenient to climb from the water onto land, especially good a gradually rising slope with a rough surface which your cat can cling claws. Such an island can be purchased at the pet store.
On the island you need to install the bulb that came out of the water the tortoise can bask. Plants in the aquarium, home to trachemys, planting is not necessary, because they're still not staying that long, your pet will eat them. Therefore, for the design of the aquarium is better to use large rocks and driftwood. Artificial plants turtle wouldn't eat it (although I will), but it can dig.
The water temperature in the aquarium for the red-eared terrapins, must be 25-30°C. To maintain the temperature at the right level you'll need aquarium heater and thermostat. It is also recommended to purchase two thermometers - one to control the outside temperature, the other for monitoring the temperature of the water. The aquarium should also install a filter for water treatment, as feed pond slider turtles belong to the species perishable.
In the aquarium or terrarium, for the Central Asian turtle water to pour is not necessary. This turtle is enough to have free access to a container of water in which it will be able to lay in the bath. The widespread belief that the tortoise can live, crawling all over the apartment, is fundamentally wrong. This turtle needed a ground which she could dig, obeying their natural needs as well as lamp under which she could bask. There is a risk that in walking around the apartment a turtle accidentally come. Dangerous are also the drafts which can trigger cold. Therefore it is better to make a choice in favor of a fairly spacious cage, where the turtle will be located in peace and security. As a primer for her suitable sand mixed with peat. Ensure that the temperature under the lamp was about +25-28C.
It is not necessary to introduce into the aquarium to pond slider turtle amphibians other species. The turtle can eat them or injure.
Useful advice
Do not place the island for the red-eared terrapins closer than 30 cm from the edge of the aquarium - otherwise, your tortilla might be tempted to take a walk.
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