Fish aquariums work great for aquatic pet turtles. This is a setup guide on how to setup the fish aquarium as a turtle habitat.
Turtles make a mess. A good filter is essential. For adult turtles, finding a filter that is strongenough, easy to clean, and reasonable in price is not easy. I have yet to find such a filter that Ireally like. When I moved my turtle to a larger setup, I modified a pond pumpand made my own filter system. Here are some commercial filters that may work for turtleswho are not yet so large as to clog the filter quickly. I used Duetto filters with my lizard andsmallturtle. Some turtle keepers recommend aquarium canister filters. Here is a link to one and alsoto a turtle filter that while it seems it would work for largermesses, actually has less gph (gallons per hour) than the Duetto.
Are you using a kiddy pool? The best setup would have enough room for the turtle to swim and explore. Width is more important than depth when it comes to size, but your turtle would get more out of life by swimming in deep water from time to time. The turtle should definetly be able to submerge itself completely underwater despite the type of setup. To me, this setup (above) is the best kind of environment, but not necessary. Indoor kiddy pools works too. But if you do have an aquarium, then why not make it like the one I have?
Perfect turtle aquarium setup / mixed with fish Third Tank - YouTube
Baby snapping turtle aquarium set-up - YouTube
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. If you decide to go with a fish aquarium as your habitat setup, it will cost more money. There are ways to save money in different ways for turtle tank setups. A person can make a homemade cage and save money but it might not be as nice. Pond liners are cheaper than aquariums as well and make for great cages for turtles. A lot of people prefer aquariums though because you can watch your turtles from the sides with the human eye and also keep them in a bedroom if you desire. If you catch Petco at certain times, they have a $1 per 1 gallon of water for aquariums SALE. So you could get a 40 gallon breeder tank for $40 which is super cheap. You can also buy aquariums used for a lot less money and this is a very popular route to go too. *P.S. I also own other reptiles like snakes, geckos, frogs, and more. I gave my turtle the name of Hercules after seeing the thread on turtle . Here is a good website for finding geckos for sale and how to find descent quality ones. Reptiles are a big deal when it comes to buying quality species.I would advise getting some live plants for your tank just because it really adds to the ecosystem setup of the tank. Waste from food and turtle in the water which decreases the oxygen levels in the water. Live plants consume carbon monoxide and turn it into pure oxygen. Your pets in the water aquarium will be much happier then they would with fake plants.So... I don't really YouTube but... 3 years later, I decided to throw out a video with my updated aquarium. They were hatchlings years ago, but these guys are happy and hungry as all ever. Fish have come and gone, but never in turtle bellies!
Same setup, just laid out differently. Filter - Rena XP3 (Now known as Filstar XPL). Heater - Hydor Inline Heating - Had a circulation pump which may now RIP, poor little Hydor. The magnet internals fell apart. The ledge for basking is Pet-Tech's Magnaturals, but I no longer recommend them for aquatic habitats. The metal or magnets that have extended contact with the water corrodes and disintegrated. Although my concept was awesome, those things weren't meant for sub-aquatic use. I recommend drift wood, it looks natural because it is natural. Was trying to make a planted take, but the scurrying around my turtles did low on the sand kicked everything up making replanting daily a true pain in the behind. Now have National Geographic branded faux plants made for aquariums; Although more expensive than their counterparts made by TopFin and other brands carried by Petco or PetsMart, these looked most realistic. New rocks with awesome shapes, cracks, concaves, and etc. to create a pleasing visual that doubled as protection for fish. Now have a variable (adjustable) Fluval airpump.
I'm really happy with how it looks. Just wanna cover the glass with plants, all that sits above water level. Trying to make it look natural... and not a fish tank. Lol. Enjoy!