If you’ve taken an interest in keeping aquatic pets, you’ll know that one of the most common pets is the turtle. Turtles are great for kids because they won’t try to bite them and they take up less space than many other pets. They can be purchased as eggs or juveniles and will grow into adult turtles over a period of about 25 years. There are many different types of turtle, from soft-shelled freshwater turtles to hard-shelled saltwater species such as sea turtles and terrapin. Keeping a pet turtle isn’t difficult, but it does require a bit of maintenance.
In this article, we’ll explain how to set up a turtle tank by steps so you have everything you need when introducing your pet friend to their new home.
What do turtles need in their tank?
A turtle tank should have an appropriate temperature range, a place for turtles to hide, and a filtration system. You’ll also want some “greens” to provide the turtle with nutrients and vitamin A. For example, you could use cucumber slices, squash, or lettuce leaves.
Next you need the basics: substrate such as sand, gravel, or reptile carpet; water; and a healthy diet of frozen food (try to feed your pet food that is already frozen so it can be thawed in the refrigerator) and fresh vegetables.
Of course, your turtle will need places for them to bask and respire by heating rocks on the bottom part of their tank. You may also want to buy lights if you plan on keeping your turtle at night.
Finally, you’ll need an enclosure to house your new pet once they are out of their eggshells – keep in mind that each turtle has different needs based upon its species!
What do you put in a turtle habitat?
First things first, you need a suitable tank for your pet turtle. They should be at least two feet long and one foot wide. A 20-gallon tank will suffice, but if you can spare a little more space, a 40-gallon tank is even better. Turtles are aquatic animals and prefer a water-filled environment around their entire body. So the most important item in your turtle tank is the water!
You’ll also need an area for the turtle to hide and swim in. This could be an area of the aquarium or just some fake plants on top of your turtle tank’s lid. You may also want to include some dive rocks so your turtle can explore its surroundings while submerged. If you have time, put some live plants in with your turtle so they can enjoy all their new found freedom in the natural habitat they’re used to living in.
Does a turtle tank need to be cycled?
One of the first questions to ask yourself is, does a turtle tank need to be cycled? If you’re asking this question, it means that you’ve already decided to own an aquatic pet and want to know if it will require some sort of filtration system. A turtle tank doesn’t necessarily need to be cycled because they tend not to produce droppings, but many people still choose between using a fishless or fish-based cycle. The most important factor in deciding whether a cycle is needed is the size and species of the turtle.
A fishless cycle can be performed without any additional equipment or expense. You simply need a bucket or container large enough for your turtle and fill it with dechlorinated water that has been donated from your local pool or aquarium store. Leave the lid on until your water has completely cycled through. After about two weeks, add more fresh water and let it cycle again for another two weeks before adding any live food.
A fish-based cycle requires a filter and feeding bowl for your aquatic pet as well as several other items including live food such as bloodworms and brine shrimp, water conditioner, and tanks that are specific for different types of turtles (freshwater or salt). Fish-based cycles typically take about three days to complete.
How long should I wait to put my turtle in a new tank?
One of the first things you’ll need to do before putting your turtle in its new tank is to wait for the water to cool down. Never put your turtle straight into a tank that’s still warm and full of water.
Turtles are most comfortable when it’s around 77 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s important to wait until that temperature has been reached before putting your turtle in his new home. This will help them get acclimated and make the adjustment easier on them.
Once the water has cooled down, you can proceed with getting your turtle ready for his new tank. The first thing you want to do is make sure your turtle has a place he can hide if he needs to rest or retreat when feeling stressed out by human interaction. Turtles like to be able to feel protected and secure within their habitat which is why they need a hiding place where they can retreat.
Next up, make sure you have a substrate that does not have chemicals in it or any harmful ingredients like artificial dyes or fragrances, because these ingredients can cause health issues if ingested by your pet. Certain substrates are more suitable for specific types of turtles so be mindful of what type you purchase for your pet as well as keep an eye out for contaminants.