PUtting a turtle into a tank designed for fish has several problems:
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That's why there are special filters made for turtle tanks. They're made specifically with turtles in mind. The biggest difference is that they have more filtration media, which is the stuff that goes inside the filter to keep the water clean. They also pass more water through the filter every hour than fish tank filters for the same size tanks do.
The second way to speed up cycling is to use a made for turtle tanks, fish tanks, or fish ponds as "starter bacteria." I usually use a bacteria supplement made for fish ponds, but only because I have a lot of aquatic habitats and the pond bacteria is much less expensive than the supplements made for tank habitats. The bacteria are basically the same, or at least close enough that I've never had any problems using it in tank habitats.
Can a fish tank be reused for a turtle?
You can clean up an old stinky turtle tank and use it for fish.
Research what your species of turtle feeds on in natural habitat and then resemble that for your cage. It’s important that you force your turtle to eat actual food designed for them because it is full of vitamins they need. It is the with other treats and such. Try to also research nutrition to help make sure your reptile has proper health. General pet stores and even walmart sell turtle food that is getting better everyday. They have dried up worms that work descent but I suggest looking into some more natural foods. Live fish can’t be beat and it’s really not that hard to do. Most turtle owners keep live fish in their tank because they survive just fine. You will find that most turtles love live fish and having that natural protein available really benefits your turtle. With the right tank setup, this can easily be done. Just remember that your beautiful pet fish could easily become dinner or breakfast for a turtle. All scenarios are different but this setup can work out awesome and I’ve seen it many times. There is no reason why fish can’t survive in your tank setup. It is a good idea to have a couple of fish filters going and that will benefit your water clarity for the turtles and fish at the same time. Maybe look into getting a feeder fish that is still cool to look at but very nutritional for your turtles. Some people will argue this is immoral but .. it’s a way of life. It would happen in natural habitat so.. I don’t see a problem.The question comes up all the time if turtles need filters for their water. I highly advise using a filter just because the cleaner water gives your turtle a more healthy habitat to thrive in. Dirty waters can kill any aquarium species very fast. When buying a filter, always buy around 3-4 times the amount of water volume your aquarium actually is. Example, if your tank is 20 gallons .. You should buy a filter designed for 40 gallons. This will make your water more clean and save you hours of time cleaning the water by hand in your fish aquarium.This is a quick update on my aquarium. I decided to add in some extra features. I bought some white gravel and I made a sort of hill that the turtles can climb up and I also got some more drift wood. The reason for this is because I added my Musk turtles to this aquarium. Musk turtles can sometimes drown in deep water so I made sure that I have lots of things in the tank that they can climb up when they need air. I've been quite fortunate because when I bought my Musks from the pet shop they were already being kept in deep water so from the start they have been pretty good swimmers. They seem to absolutely love the new space so I'm really pleased. In about a year or so my larger turtles (Yellow Belly Slider's and my Mississippi Map's) will be going in an outdoor pond which I am in the middle of designing! When they're moved to the pond this tank will belong to the Musk's and the fish. Pretty exciting! I hope you enjoy the video! Please comment, like, share, subscribe! Whatever you like :)