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Aquarium turtles: types, features of care and maintenance

In many aquariums you can find small turtles, the size of which does not exceed 10 centimeters. For their maintenance does not require special conditions, since the turtle aquarium will suit a small tank with a water level of up to 20 centimeters.

Aquarium turtles like to walk along the bottom, but they do not have gills for breathing underwater, so they periodically need to rise to the surface for oxygen and the water level should not be too high. If the level is large, they simply will not be able to reach the surface in time and will die.

As soil in an aquarium for various species of turtles, river sand with fine gravel is ideal, but most species can do without soil. It is advisable to place a couple of plants, as they will serve as an additional feed for turtles and decorate the habitat of your turtles.

In addition, this aquarium will look better.

Turtles like to actively pick the ground in search of food or shelter, so they can damage your plants. To place them, you must use pots, or restrict yourself to small floating plants.

Such small turtles are constantly in the water, and appear on the shore only in the case of egg laying.

Even if you don’t breed them, make a small island of snag or stone. Put a lamp over the island so that they can climb onto the shore and bask in the sun.

This is necessary in view of the fact that all turtles are cold-blooded and their mobility is highly dependent on body temperature.

A proper turtle tank should have a large bottom area, while height is not the main criterion, since most turtles have a water level of 15-20 centimeters, as well as an island above the water level is needed in the aquarium. Most people contain turtles in aquaterrariums, in them there is both land and water.

The use of an additional heater in the form of a powerful incandescent lamp or an infrared lamp is necessary for turtles.

In their natural habitat, many species of turtles feed on various plants, fish, or mollusks. It is difficult all year to feed them only with live food, so you can use a mixture of chopped fish, shrimp and shellfish.

Sometimes you can feed the turtles in small pieces of beef. In the summer, only live food is welcome.

Snails, which they easily gnaw, are best suited.

Most of their free time turtles are engaged in hunting and hunting food, so they definitely need live food, which they could catch. In the absence of hunting, they can get bored and stop moving at all.

Moreover, in live food a large amount of phosphorus and calcium, which is vital for turtles for shell armor. To do this, coral sand is poured into the ground, the grains of sand from which turtles are often eaten.

The captive turtles often have a softer shell, so egg shells can sometimes be added to the water, which is useful to them for shell strength.

Despite the importance of live food and meat in the diet of turtles, they need to be fed with vegetable food to replenish the supply of vitamins in the body. Turtles can sometimes be given lettuce, cabbage and other greens.

Aquatic turtles go to the toilet almost immediately after eating, so for feeding it is best to use another container. At first they will be against it, but from time to get used to it. At least, this method will save you from daily cleaning aquaterrarium, which over time will turn into a real landfill.

When properly maintained, turtles should be fed only once a day, although they may need several hours to eat.

Only a female and a male can get along in a turtle aquarium. Two males will constantly conflict, and in the end, only one individual will survive. A stronger male kills or seriously injures an opponent, who soon dies.

If you keep individuals of different sexes, it is sometimes necessary to take the female out of the aquarium, because a annoying male can get very tired of her.

Silt Musk Turtle

The silt musk aquarium bug is unpretentious in its content. This little turtle does not exceed 10 cm in length; you can keep it in a container with a bottom area of ​​at least 150 square centimeters filled with water 15 centimeters high. It is necessary to ensure that the water level does not exceed 15 cm, the silt turtle will be hard to float to the surface.

And of course, let’s not forget about the islet above the water where the turtle can warm up and gain strength.

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