Everything You Need To Know About Aquarium Turtle

Aquatic turtle is popular pets. There are many different species of aquatic turtle that are kept as a pet. The best-known species of aquatic turtle is the red-eared slider. Aquatic turtle can be very big. Red-eared slider and other common aquatic pet turtle species will grow to 10- 12 inches long and they need large enclosures. They live for a long time so you need to take proper care. Turtle is kept as a pet in all part of the world usually in warm temperature. All water turtles have some obvious physical characteristics, such as a top and bottom shell and webbed feet. To keep your own pet turtle, we are about to guide you on the very topic “Everything You Need To Know About Aquarium Turtle” below in detail.

Here is everything you need to know about Aquarium Turtle:


Everything You Need To Know About Aquarium Turtle - Aquatic Turtle TankThey do not need a lot of attention like dogs and cats. If you care the turtle properly then they will provide years of enjoyment. If a turtle is unhappy then it became lazy. It goes inside its shell and remains quiet for hours. Semiaquatic turtle, need a place to swim and to lie around. When swimming, they look busy but synchronized and fluid in motion. They may take a few minutes out from swimming to rest quietly on the bottom of their tank or to walk slowly along searching for prey which they find by visual, olfactory and tactile cues. When a turtle is resting it chambers up his haul out and point fully above the surface of the water then stretches his head, neck, and limbs fully out. It spread his toes widely and expose as much web as possible to heat and light. After it becomes warm it will slip quietly back into the water to forage once again until cool. The basking-swimming sequence may reoccur many times during the day. They are docile and shy.

Male turtles can be aggressive to each other. When they are ready to breed some tortoise may extend this aggression to non-receptive females. Aggression is usually in the form of nipping at another turtle’s extended legs or face or at his shell, butting of the shell against shell, or trying to overturn a rival. Courtship by some aquatic turtles is quite graceful and intricate.  A male may swim around or swim backward in front of a receptive female, fluttering and vibrating his foreclaws against her head and neck.

Aquatic turtle is not usually good for children. They often harbor Salmonella bacteria, which can be passed on to children who don’t understand the need for good hygiene such as hand washing. They are difficult to handle and not easy to take care of.

How to Setup Aquarium for Turtle:

The size of the aquarium depends on the species, number, and size of the water turtle to be housed. Older and larger turtle need a large aquarium or an outdoor pond. You should be careful on the filtration systems, cleaning requirements, and ease of draining water from ponds used to house water turtles. Molded plastic swimming pools for children are also suitable for housing water turtles, provided they are sufficiently equipped with a filtration system and means to replace the water. The enclosure should provide adequate room for swimming and sufficient dry area for resting and sunning. The dry and non-submerged area is very important. Some species of turtle can become exhausted and drown when no such dry area is provided. Cork bark or wood should be provided so that can become exhausted and drown when no such dry area is provided. Larger and heavier water turtles require a more solid and immovable basking area on which to completely crawl out of the water and rest. The aquarium is used to house a water turtle, one end can be used for a basking area. A pane of glass can be inserted into the aquarium to divide it. One-third of the area should keep for basking. Gravel can be used to fill the basking side and also Green plants can also be planted or placed in this area if desired. This area is important for female turtles for breeding because it is suitable for laying eggs.

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For the tank, you need at least a 40-gallon tank to allow enough space. Space should be suited to the size of the adult turtle you are adopting. The turtle should be compatible and that your turtle will not get sick if he decides to eat a few of the leaves. Artificial plants or a combination of artificial plants and real plants are also good for decoration. Real plants are nice but get eaten by the turtle. De-chlorinated water needs to be used for the swimming area and filtered water for your turtle to drink. Do not use tap water as it contains chlorine and fluoride which can upset the pH balance of your system. Add a teaspoon of salt per gallon of water that will reduce the level of “bad” bacteria and protect the turtles better from shell and skin diseases. Keep the water in the tanks fresh and remove waste promptly. Special light bulbs designed for reptiles that produce both UVA and UVB light should be in all turtle tanks. Small rocks should never be used because they can be swallowed, resulting in damage or impaction to the intestinal tract. Make sure the gravel is large enough that it won’t be accidentally swallowed.

A filtration system is necessary for the aquarium to maintain optimum water quality. Outside filters are efficient, provide high flow rates, and are relatively easy to clean.  At least once in the month the water should be changed including the filtration system and cleaned thoroughly. They need sunlight at least 12 to 14 hours a day for vitamin D3. And the temperature range from 71 to 86 degree Fahrenheit. They don’t adjust in temperature changes to make sure the temperature of the room and the water is the same. Change in temperature can cause them stress and may harm their immune system.

Water turtles must feed within the water. Captive water turtles should be fed in an environment separate from their living environment separate from their living environment in an effort to control contamination. Commercial diet is recommended for sufficient vitamins and minerals. They are also easy to feed, create minimal water contamination, and are bacteriologically clean.


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First, you have to research and get all the information about aquarium turtle breeding. If you are able to keep all the baby turtles then it is okay to breed the turtle. You need to keep at least a pair of sexually mature turtles. The female should be at least five years old, and the male is at least three years old. Both the turtle must be healthy. Breeding usually starts in the fall. If you breed in the breeding season it brings better breeding result. January and February is the cooling period lasting 6 to 8 weeks long. First turn off all the heat and keep the temperature around 50F to 60F degrees. Your turtle will not eat or eat little and it’s normal. Turtles have their quiet time and leave them be. The female should get enough calcium and vitamin D3. Nesting area should be provided. The nesting area should be easily accessible for your turtle. Water turtles can lay several clutches per summer consisting of two to ten eggs. There are a few weeks between each clutch, and their laying usually takes 24 to 48 hours per clutch. After the turtle lay the egg removes the eggs. But do not turn over the eggs. You can mark the top of the egg with marker ensuring that you don’t turn the eggs over. For incubation put the box with moistened Vermiculite which is equal parts water and vermiculite; by weight. Make small impressions in the Vermiculite and gently position the egg in. You can separate stuck eggs by gently pulling them apart. if they come apart easily then leave them alone. The container should be a seal and make air holes. Check at least once a week and keep the temperature around 82F degrees. It has been said that the temperature around 75F degrees yields mostly males and around 85F degrees mostly females. Don’t keep them too warm as it can kill them. The egg should be moist by spraying them carefully. Hatchlings can take between 60 to 120 days to hatch depending on temperature. After hatching, keep the babies separate from the adults and in shallow water. Feed them at least once a day. The babies are mostly carnivorous but offer the fruits and veggies too.

Disease and cure:

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  1. Respiratory infection

Change in temperature, cold air can cause a respiratory infection. Breathing with open and nasal secretions, Loss of appetite, Weakness, and lethargy are the symptoms of respiratory infection. Increase the water temperature to boost their immune system. If there is no improvement then go to the vet immediately.

  1. Diarrhea and constipation

Diarrhea and constipation are caused by poor diet and is an intestinal transit disorder. Diarrhea is caused by overfeeding. Excess of bad fruits and vegetable cause diarrhea. Keep the aquarium clean to prevent diarrhea. If your tortoise has constipation then his diet is lacking fiber. If the aquarium is too small then constipation occur. A warm water bath that covers the lower shell will treat constipation.

  1. Eye problem

Eye problem is common in tortoise and closed and swollen eyes in addition to a lack of appetite is the sign of it. It is caused due to usually caused by a vitamin A deficiency or by dirty water. Saline eyewash twice a day should be done to prevent it. If it does not work then go to the vet and they will treat your tortoise with antibiotics and a nutritional supplement based on vitamin A.

  1. Pyramiding in tortoise

It is a disorder that affects the tortoise. It can be easily spotted and is a serious problem in tortoise. The shell of the tortoise thickens and rises. It is caused due to poor diet, lack of moisture and exposure to the sun and endocrine diseases. It has no treatment but consults with the vet to improve the tortoise’s quality of life.

Turtle vs fish (what will be the combination?)

Turtle can keep with fish in the same tank if only a few conditions are met. Usually, turtles are not compatible with fishes as they’ll constantly try to hunt the fishes. It is important to choose the size and type of fish that are safe from turtles if you want to keep both turtle and fish in the same tank. Turtle can grow very large when they become an adult so a big tank is necessary. Otherwise, it will create territorial problems among the turtle and fishes. Keep for at least an 80-gallon tank. Big powerful filter tank is necessary as fish produce extra wastes. Without proper filtration, the tank water will start to get smelly. It will get toxic in no time.  It is better if the fish is as same size if not larger than the turtle. The larger the fish, the better.  It is better if the fish is as same size if not larger than the turtle. The larger the fish, the better.

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Types of aquatic tortoise:

  1. Red-eared slider

It is the most sold aquatic turtle in the United States. It is kept in the aquarium and you will need a minimum 75 gallons for two. They have a red patch on the sides where their ear would be. The skin and shell of the red-eared slider are green with yellow stripes and patches.  In their natural habitat, they enjoy water temperatures in the upper 70s (24-26c) and an outdoor temperature in the 80s (29-31c).

  1. Painted:

it is smaller than a red-eared slider. They can grow up to 10 inches (25cm) long and their shells are black with red edges around the marginal scutes with a dark skin color with yellow to red lines.

  1. Cooter

They can reach up to 17 inches (44cm) in length and are around seven different species of Cooter pond turtles. They are also known as River or Florida Cooter. This breed looks similar to the Red-Eared


It is one of the harder aquatic turtles to care for. Full maturity, females can be 12 inches (30cm) long while males only grow to 5 inches (13cm).  They have fine lines on their skin and shell that resemble the elevation lines on a topographical map.

So, these are everything you need to know about Aquarium Turtle before keeping one as a pet. If you have any questions and queries, you can comment below. We will catch you as soon as possible. Have a great time with your pets!

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