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EagleC EagleC
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Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #1
Right its going ahead.

We've decided to use the square and shallow 100L tank as a starter tank for some turtles. This should do them for 6-12 months by which time the living room tank will be ready and they can move to their permanent home there.

My wife has done species research but equiping the tank is "technical" and thus is left to me. Thought I'd cheat and ask you lot.

I have a thermostatically controlled heater for the water, a filter and the decor, land area etc is all sorted. What I need is advice on lighting and a heater for the air.

The starter tank is 2' x 2', I'd like to be able to take the starter tanks equipment to the larger tank when the time comes.
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Re: Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #2
you will want one of these for spot basking

http://www.cornishcrispa.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=2423

and one of the Exo Terra strip bulbs for the length of the tank

http://www.livefoodsbypost.co.uk/rept ... ps-strip-lights-246-c.asp

but best ask LHG for the right uv spec for the size tank and turtle

oo and one of these thermostats for controlling the spot lamp heat

http://www.888reptiles.co.uk/productd ... productname=DIMMER%20STAT

then general thermometers for monitoring temperatures gradients around the tank

posh ones

http://www.888reptiles.co.uk/productd ... g&productname=THERMOMETER

general thermometers

http://www.888reptiles.co.uk/productd ... name=THERMOMETER%20ANALOG

hope this all helps matey
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Re: Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #3
He shoots he scores, some good pruduct advice from GWA there, but I would diverge a little on brands, maybe just personal preference. I think for turtles a zoomed UVB 5.0 iguanalight would suit a turtles high output requirement better, mine looked at their best under those and it helped them recover from bad care under previous ownership well, and baby turtles can be thick about ceramics, and while a ceramic is safer around water I might go with small spotlights for basking heat spots while young, the heat with light association will be strong with babies, and the necessity of round the clock heating depends how warm your house is. If it doesnt drop below 70f at night, then you can get away with just having a striplight and a spotlight during the day, especially if your heating the water it wont be a problem.

Dont forget choose a good commercial food, and get some good multivitamin/ calcium supplements for them too. Worth remembering the ol plaster of paris trick with turtles.ie, same weight plaster of paris, plus reptile multivitamin, mixed in tray, left to set, and a small cube chucked in now and again will see them have shells like a german stormtroopers helmet.
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Re: Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #4
you could always get a safety cage for the lamp as well
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Re: Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #5
Oh yeah, this is turtles, get a surge protector and circuit breaker. lol. Work on the basis that anything that aint nailed down, will be eaten , bitten kicked, thumped, clatted, headbutted, buried, dug up and spat on .lol. Youll save yourself loads of aggro if you have a thermofilter for adults, mine broke so many water heaters it just wasnt true, I took to putting then inside hollowed out bricks in the end. External water heating saves a lot of problems.

Imagine yourself protecting your equipment against a creature thats like a giant puffer combined with a drunk iguana and youll have it about right. Turtles do powerful with clumsy added at no extra cost like no other animal.Well short of an iguana. Maybe a mentally retarded bullock.lol.
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Re: Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #6
Cheers guys. Hugely helpful, I'm going to make an effort to get started on this over the weekend if the weather is bad. If its good I'm building a rabbit hutch
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Re: Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #7
What turtles are you going for EagleC?
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Re: Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #8
Wife said she wants Map or Mud turtles.
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Re: Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #9
Quote:

EagleC wrote:

Wife said...



Fair enough

Map turtles look fantastic! Look forward to seeing the setup
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Re: Advise me on the right equipment for turtles, please #10
Does that mean assembling a rabit hutch or is this a design & build job??
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