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Aquatic turtles – a description of popular species, sharing with fish

Aquatic turtles – a description of popular species, sharing with fish

The relevance of this topic is raised by many newcomers to the aquarium world and not only by them.

Often, on the Internet you come across a funny video where turtles swim peacefully with fish, and on the forums you can see photos of the joint content of fish and turtles with forest reviews.

Also, the interest of friends is fueled by the interest that guppies offend their soft-bodied tortoise !?

Having watched and read all this, the aquarist thinks about it – and that’s true. Why not.

After all, in the natural – natural conditions turtles, fish, frogs, snakes and other reptiles live together – in the same area! So all this can be recreated at home?

Well, let’s take a closer look at this issue and see real examples of turtles living together with fish!

So, for a start it is worth noting that a turtle is a turtle! Therefore, we propose to consider four types of turtles that are in demand among fans of aquarium-terrarium living creatures.

Pond turtle and aquarium fish

This species of turtles is often called the sea eared red tortoise. I emphasize that this turtle has never been a marine turtle.

This is a completely freshwater resident.

Contrary to the expectations of many who want to have this kind of turtles, these individuals require a fairly wide space to move. For one or two such Tartill requires an aquarium of at least 100 liters.

Also, the aquarium should be equipped with an island for recreation, and a powerful filter. Aeration is not required, as the turtles breathe atmospheric air, crawling to the surface. In pet stores sell special islands for turtles, which are installed at the bottom of the aquarium.

70% of the island is under water. For the convenience of landfall there is a smooth rise to the surface, which has a rather rough surface with protrusions so that the legs of the tortoise have something to cling to.

It is equally important to remember that the tallest part of the island should be about 20-30 cm from the lid, depending on the size of the pet. in diameter shell. These representatives of armor-clad despite the external slowness and awkwardness very much like to arrange shoots from the paternal house, therefore, in order to avoid searching for a pet throughout the apartment, the requirement to locate the island is better observed.

Most of the day turtles spend in the water, they crawl out to the island to rest and warm up. That is why it is necessary to equip the house of the turtle with an incandescent lamp, which will be directed to the islet. At the same time, the water temperature should not exceed 26 degrees, warm water is detrimental to the turtle and entails not only poor health, but also the formation of various fungal diseases.

At lower temperatures (up to 18 degrees), the turtle feels comfortable.

It is necessary to change water in turtles no more than once a month, as they are rather clean and do not need frequent water changes, which is very convenient for their owners.

The diet of the red-eared turtle for the most part includes animal feed. They are fed with bloodworms, a pipe worker and special granules of dry food, sometimes fed with lettuce or young cabbage.

Adults should be given Gamarus (water crustaceans) dry and raw. Also, red-eared turtles like to feast on boiled fish, or shreds of chicken and beef meat.

Considering all the above, VERDICT – it’s absolutely impossible to keep this turtle together with fish! The conditions of detention and the parameters (quality) of water in almost all freshwater fish species are fundamentally different from the conditions of housing of the red-eared turtle, by almost all criteria.

Cohabitation will be painful. But the most important reason why you should never keep a bug in an aquarium with fish is because turtles are predators.

Floppy, sluggish, funny and safe on land, in the water of the turtle turn into excellent swimmers with an unrivaled sense of prey. If a young turtle is possible and will not hunt for fish, then growing up … all scaly inhabitants of the aquarium will turn into a high-class food for it.


For more doubters. Here is a marginal video (censorship) on the same topic.
Marsh turtle and fish

Under the conditions of the content, the marsh turtle does not differ much from the red-eared. But this is a larger species of turtles and therefore one or two individuals require at least 150 liters.

In marsh turtles, calcium deficiency is not rarely observed; therefore, in addition to the incandescent lamp, it is necessary to equip an aquarium with an ultraviolet lamp and supplement the ration with crushed eggshell. The rest of their dining table is almost a mirror image of a red-eared turtle’s table.

The marsh turtle is even more aggressive than its red-ear relative. Here and the video is not needed.

They bite, with it, quite sensitive and an adult individual can bite through the skin of a person, so taking such a pet is not recommended.

Thus, we can conclude that this breed of turtles is even smaller than the previous one is suitable for sharing with aquarium fish.

Trionix turtle and fishTrionix is ​​a soft-bodied turtle.
Its shell is a thick leathery cover.

Unlike the above described species of turtles, the Trionixes practically do not need an island. For them, a small building with a smooth rise, which does not necessarily have its beginning right on the bottom, may well suit. This is a fully aquatic turtle.

An elongated spout allows them to get the necessary oxygen on the surface of the water without any difficulty, and after that they do not need it for a long time. But at the same time, the aquarium should be equipped with continuous filtration and aeration, since this species of turtles needs clean water and can receive oxygen without rising to the surface.

This is a very active and fun creation. Thrionyxes like to dig in shallow soil or sand, leaving only a small elongated face on the surface. Comfortable water temperature for them is 24-26 degrees, although experts have noticed that without harm to health, they live in temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees.

The required volume of a house for Trionix should be at least 150 liters per individual.

In its natural habitat it is a strong and dangerous predator, eating fish, small crustaceans. Not infrequently, this type of shellfish loves to feast on the laying of eggs by a negligent bird, which nests not on the shore of a pond, river or lake, where these “vandals” live.

The mouth of Thronex is equipped with a teeth saw, and therefore its bites to the human hand may not like even more than the bites of a marsh turtle.

However, under the conditions of keeping this turtle is more suitable for sharing with the fish and therefore it is not rare to be found in the general aquarium. BUT! There are a few key points:

– No plants planted in the ground will not survive familiarity with Trionix. If you care for your green spreads, you will have to give up Thrionix. Harmful tortoise pulls out plants with a root, digs up the ground wherever possible, and where it is impossible, it digs up it three times more actively.

Small decorative elements also forever interfere with this type of turtles.

This is a predator. Very fast, both in water and on land, unlike other types of turtles.

– If, however, the above written does not cool your fervor in acquiring this miracle, it is worth noting that this turtle can settle down with fish only if you take it in the most possible, young age, and follow the rich and varied food menu.

And in conclusion, it would be a crime not to say that even if you follow all the precautions, it does not guarantee that Trionix will never look to your fish. Experienced aquarists know that all fish, even of one species, have their own character. The same can be said about turtles.

There are no guarantees that the predator’s instinct embedded in this tiny creation does not emerge.

One phrase can say: “these turtles can be kept in an aquarium with fish, but only at a young” young “age.” Then you still need to seat!

Here is a video for reflection !!

The author of the video called him: “Turtle (Trionix) – Lucy frightened fish”
Double-tailed tine aquatic turtle

This species of turtles is very similar to the sea counterparts, however, it is freshwater. It can also live in slightly brackish water.

Perhaps this is the only species of turtles that can live peacefully and without incident with any fish, since for the most part this beauty is a vegetarian. Unpretentious, need a temperature of 23-27 degrees.

Filtration and aeration are naturally necessary, but they do not require any additional equipment.

They say about these turtles that they do not swim, but fly around the aquarium. Having a pretty good looks, this miracle pleases the eye.

But there are a number of significant drawbacks:

Space. If a young turtle of this species (up to two years) can live in a volume of 200 to 500 liters, then an adult turtle needs at least 1000l.

Double-eared turtles grow up to 50 cm in diameter of the shell.

Price. From $ 200 to $ 800, which is significantly different from the prices of the types described above.

This species is still little studied, little common for sale, but already popular with aquarists. And according to this, all the “experiments” with this turtle remain on the conscience of the owner.

So let’s summarize. For the most part, keeping together completely different aquatic inhabitants like fish and turtles is not worth it. There are lots of attractive alternatives to diversify your aquarium.

Humanity knows an incredible number of species of turtles, and so few of those that can be kept at home. And this suggests that even these few species need their own home, equipped especially for them and only for them.

You should not try the fate of their pets, checking their tails and abdomen for strength.
Finally – here is a good video about fish and turtles.
But, alas, here are the comments left by the author of the video in YouTube: Eugene Karpenko 3 years ago, all the Swordtails have long been gone 🙂 but the catfish is already much more than turtles. even until recently, the barbus lived quite well. half a year somewhere. recently disappeared somewhere too 🙂 Smileys of the author, can be replaced by bitter oops)))

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