A great starter kit for Aquatic Turtles!

Aquatic box turtle habitat – From Video by Jesse Lopez. Click picture to watch video.
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Unfortunately, It’s difficult to manage a turtle of that size in a small aquarium; you’ll need a 55 gallon at least, but even then water quality will take lots of monitoring. would be a good choice, but if turtle is in rapid shed, or fed in tank, it may clog as well. Turtles do not usually shed skin in lg quantities all-at-once…can be a sign of skin ailments (bacterial infection, exposure to certain chemicals, etc) but not necessarily.
A fully-cycled aquatic turtle tank water should have the following water chemistry numbers:
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The San Gabriel watershed is a unique, urban watershed with a special feature: it is the northernmost known home for Pacific green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). The Aquarium of the Pacific has teamed up with the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, Tidal Influence, and NOAA Fisheries conservation and wildlife management groups in order to learn more about this population of sea turtles. Citizen scientists volunteer with the Aquarium of the Pacific to collect observational data on these turtles through the San Gabriel River Sea Turtle Monitoring Project. Nice to hear the turtle is in such a good situation…too many are crammed into 20 gallon aquariums!
Photo provided by FlickrA well-balanced aquatic turtle diet consists of:
Photo provided by FlickrThings to remember when feeding your aquatic turtle:
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Aquatic turtles need the water they live in to be of the proper temperature in order for them to live. If the water is too cold, they will get sick. But if the water is too warm, they may not come out to bask enough, which can also make them sick. Your turtle needs the water temperature to be right in order to survive and be healthy. One secret to successful turtlekeeping is clean water. A good filtration system goes a long way in accomplishing this. Two excellent choices for turtle tanks are an internal aquarium filter or a canister filter. Whichever you choose, make sure you regularly maintain the filter. Turtles are really messy. As far as housing goes, bigger is better. Many aquatic turtles are active swimmers, so choose the largest size enclosure possible. Glass aquaria are a popular choice. A 30-gallon tank is the absolute minimum size for smaller species measuring between 4 and 6 inches. For turtles between 6 and 8 inches, a 55-gallon tank is appropriate. And for turtles measuring more than 8 inches, tanks in the 75- to 125-gallon range are a better choice. If you start with a younger, smaller turtle, a smaller tank is acceptable as long as the enclosure size increases as your turtle grows. If you already have a turtle and need to set up a habitat quickly because it's outgrown its home, then probably the best thing you can do is quickly set up a simple, larger habitat. The most important things an aquatic turtle needs are proper heating, proper lighting, clean water, and the right food. Concentrate on those things first and forget about substrate, plants, and other fancy things. Then once you have the important things done, you can work on making it fancy later. Most of the more popular aquatic turtles like Painted Turtles, Red-Eared Sliders, and Musk Turtles do well with a water temperature of about 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 28 degrees Celsius) when they are hatchlings. Once their carapace (upper shell) is about 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) in length, the temperature can be gradually reduced, a degree or so every few weeks, to about 74 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 24 degrees Celsius). One piece of décor is essential to most turtle habitats: a basking spot. This can be a carefully placed rock, a piece of driftwood or one of the ready-made basking platforms available at local pet stores. I highly recommend above-tank basking platforms for most aquatic turtles. Whatever type of basking spot you pick, select one large enough to allow the turtle to climb out of the water completely, and place it securely under the basking light.