The dandelion is one of the most popular types of domestic animals. They do not require as much attention as dogs and cats. In order to keep the red-eared turtle at home, it is necessary, first of all, to create a cozy habitat for it, to understand what the arrangement of the pet aquarium should be.
How to equip an aquarium for the red-eared turtle?
The aquaterrarium for a turtle must be 70% water and 30% land. The sizes of the aquarium for small individuals need to be selected taking into account the fact that in a few years they can reach a size of 30 cm:
- The smallest 3-10 cm - up to 50 liters;
- Medium size 10-16 cm - up to 80 liters;
- Large up to 25 cm - up to 150 liters;
- For adults - 120 - 170 l.
Registration of the aquarium is recommended to start from the ground. A variety of glass pebbles, sand and small pebbles will not do, because the turtle can get to the bottom. It is dangerous for a pet. It is best to collect large shells - this will make the aquarium more picturesque, and saturate the water with calcium. Suit and various mineral blocks.
As for equipment, purchase an incandescent lamp to maintain temperature. Such a device is located above the shore and turned on for 10-12 hours. The temperature in this zone should be about 20 degrees.
The water temperature for a red-eared tortoise is maintained at a constant level, approximately 26 - 27 degrees, since this species belongs to cold-blooded. To do this, the artificial reservoir must be equipped with a heater. Add a water filter and a compressor to the kit to saturate it with oxygen. You can buy UV lamps - they contribute to the production of vitamin D3, which has a beneficial effect on the normal development of the animal and its shell.
The shore in the aquarium for the eared tortoise is made inclined with a small ramp. It is made of plastic, plastered with stones or pebbles. For decoration use branches, foliage, snags and special grass.
Aquarium for a turtle do it yourself: master class
First, determine the size of the aquarium, then calculate the length and width of the individual glasses (for the usual rectangular version you will need 5 pcs.). Cut out the details for the aquarium. Glass thickness is better to take from 5 mm. For its cutting it is recommended to use a special glass cutter, the measurement accuracy should be with a discrepancy of no more than 1.5 mm.
After cutting glass, it is necessary to sand it, removing sharp edges. It is necessary to grind edges, especially angular, but not the entire surface of the butt. At home you can work corundum sandpaper average number under the stream of water.
For gluing the aquarium need silicone, a special sealed glue, 96% alcohol, a narrow adhesive tape. To assemble the glass, you need to expand it so that the uneven sides are at the top, and ideally smooth - at the bottom. Billets are arranged in order: side, front, side, front. Edge align the joint to the joint.
Stick the tape on the joints of the glass. Before you make sure that the blanks are attached tightly, and the edge turned out to be smooth. Stick the adhesive tape so that with the 1st side, where the bottom will be, it will not be glued 1 cm. Fold the edges of the unfolded aquarium blank. First, attach the side on the edge of which there is an adhesive tape. Expose this half exactly and put on it the side where there is no scotch on top. Set the parallel, then put the bottom up and trim the seams so that there is no distortion.
Degree the joints with alcohol, fill with silicone (bottom to top). Cut seams from edge to edge. When gluing the aquarium try to fill everything exactly. Remove excess silicone from the bottom and corner seams. Leave the finished aquarium until it freezes (the silicone sets in about 1 to 2 hours). When it dries, apply another layer of silicone on the inner corners of the bottom and walls (before that, remove the adhesive tape). In the finished aquarium, you can pour water and equip it only after a day.
Turtle Content: features
The main rules for keeping a red-eared turtle in an aquarium are to maintain the desired temperature and cleanliness of the living tank. Also, do not forget to feed your pet and change its water. Red-skinned turtles can eat fish - hake, perch, cod and crucian carp. They also love caviar. Adults eat fish with their heads, and young ones need to cut pieces of it. Young turtles need to be fed daily, while adults - 2-3 times a week.
Fish can be alternated with seafood: crabs, shrimp, octopus, squid, etc. But they need to be heated to room temperature. Additional food may be insects: locust, grasshoppers, meal worms, snails, washed earthworms, bloodworms. Be careful with the tracks, they can cause poisoning. You can also include dry food specifically designed for turtles. In the 2nd year of life, pets can also be fed meat. Fatty varieties are better to exclude, but poultry and beef are fine.
Vegetable food is best given to grown turtles, who have already gained a little weight, throwing it in thin slices directly into the water. For these purposes, it is recommended to use lettuce, cabbage, dandelion, sea kale, vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.
It is not recommended to keep the red-eared tortoise without water for more than an hour, otherwise, they may dry out their skin. If from a very young age to teach a pet to the hands, it will assimilate and will not bite.
See also:How to care for land turtles?
Red-skinned turtles are a popular pet that can be kept in any apartment. They rarely get sick and do not cause much trouble. The only thing is that such pets need to provide a varied diet, timely clean the aquarium and change the water, as well as get used to it from a young age.