Aquarium artificial tortoise terrace cave hole has two functions both of sheltering for tortoise and decorating fish tank. It is artificial tortoise terrace cave.
I think the one thing I'll have to respectfully disagree on is your comment toward the end of the article, stating "If you must buy one, don't be afraid to buy a red eared slider as they are one of the easiest to take care of..." Though RES are tough little snots and great turtles, they are by far not the easiest to take care of. I've found my Russian tortoises to be infinitely easier than my one 4" juvenile Red Ear Slider, and he's not even full grown! The thing about aquatic turtles that make them consistently tougher than any land-dwelling turtle or tortoise I've kept and/or cared for is the fact that you're not just taking care of a reptile, who still has all the complications of "Are the temperatures right? Is the space big enough? Am I feeding the right foods?" but also all the complications of keeping a large fish tank with a very heavy bioload--"Is the filtration strong enough? Are the ammonia/nitrates/nitrites all at safe levels? Is that algae bloom getting under control?" Making them, at least in my honest opinion, three times as difficult as the average land-dwelling chelonian. The adult size of a Red Eared Slider is by no means helpful--6-8" for a male, up to 1 full foot for a female. And if you set up a proper environment, that means you're not only maintaining a reptile, but a 75-120 gallon (or LARGER) aquarium, as well! Few people are genuinely prepared for this--to be honest, even fewer people are capable of this responsibility than are capable of caring for a relatively simple small- to mid-sized tortoise.
I've kept turtles for years, box, RES, and now a Red Footed Tortoise. I had the 3 toed box turtles for 12 years before putting them up for adoption. I must have had the environment right for the Red eared sliders, because they grew at an alarming rate. I could not keep up with aquarium upgrades. The pair ended up with the lady from the pet store. (the RES were given to us by someone unable to care for them)
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iHerp Answers: Best turtle/tortoise for a 10 Gallon Aquarium?
Aquarium staff took notice of her interest in the massive tortoise and decided to give her a once-in-a-lifetime experience to thank her for her dedication and loyalty to Newport Aquarium.You can house your terrestrial turtle or tortoise in a number of ways: glass aquariums, commercially designed reptile cages, home-built wooden enclosures, and plastic swimming pools. However, before you decide which type of cage to use, you need to figure out how large it should be. In addition, you need to make the cage escape-proof.4. Water area– ALL turtles need water. Aquatic turtles need a lot of water to swim and maintain health and happiness. Turtles will quickly outgrow small enclosures and a 55 gallon aquarium should be the minimum size for ONE adult turtle with VERY few exceptions. Some species may need MUCH larger tanks. Tortoises need small shallow water areas where they can wade in the water, drink and where they will usually go to the bathroom.Aquariums might be big and beautiful, but those thick and tall glass walls don't provide a lot of airflow for your tortoise. When your shelled friend urinates, ammonia builds up within the tank. Proper airflow can reduce the stench of ammonia, but in a tank the smell can become overwhelming in quick order. The abundance of ammonia not only makes for a smelly room, it can also irritate your tortoise. Spot cleaning daily helps lessen the stench, but it's inevitable that an aquarium will lead to smellier conditions than other enclosures.