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Discussion in 'Turtles and Tortoises' started by nikkiharri, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. nikkiharri

    nikkiharri PetForums Newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
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    hiya my friend is thinking about adding a turtle to his family (this will be the start of a long road of reserch). why looking for him as he has no internet at the mo i came across this starter cage and was wondering what sort of turtle it holds, as i said before hes just starting about so would also like as much info as you can give him, thanks

    the link.
    TURTLE OR OTHER AMPHIBIAN TANK (Great Value & Easy To Look After) | eBay
  2. labradrk

    labradrk PetForums VIP

    Dec 10, 2012
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    No offense but that looks like complete crap. It looks like a hamster cage with water in it? where is the heater/filter/light unit? definitely not something I would contemplate using with turtles; they would not survive for long in such a set up.

    We keep/sell common musk turtles where I work and they are one of the smaller species of turtle (up to 5" or so in shell size max) and don't require a huge space unlike some other species. You need at least a 2ft/60ltr tank for one turtle but 3ft would be best especially if you are keeping a pair. They do need excellent filtration as they are messy little buggers when mature; an external filter would be best but if not, a very good internal one would suffice if you maintain and clean it regularly. They do need UV lighting but only a low level one (2%). Some say they need a basking spot but personally we don't; tried it in the past and they never used. 25% water changes done weekly. Water temp roughly between 75-80f.

    Turtles live a long time and are a big commitment. They are also more challenging in upkeep than fish due to the mess they create, so I hope your friend thinks about it long and hard.
  3. Nagini

    Nagini Guest

    i have giant african land snails in something very similar to those , just mine are larger - that's all they are suitable for really , they not even a great amphibian set up.
  4. MrRustyRead

    MrRustyRead PetForums VIP

    Mar 14, 2011
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    I myself wouldn't recommend it as you would need a basking lamp which woul prove difficult with that enclosure and I also wouldn't advice a plastic enclosure when using it. It would probably be a lot better to buy a big tank and then add the customisation of land themselves. With a enclosure that size it probably wouldn't last to long before a bigger size is require so its a lot more better not just for the turtle but on the owners pocket if they go for a greater size enclosure to start with.
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