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Baby Tank Set up

PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:40 pm
by puiyanpuiyan
I have 4 babies (2 yo), and 2 adults (10yo and 27yo).
We live in the East Coast, the big turtles are in separated tanks in the basement with water temp >70s (we have little kids and we keep our house very warm).
Looking to upgrade the baby turtle tanks...
Unfortunately it's been so long ago, I forgot what baby turtles need.
Thinking of keeping 2 and 2 together (would love to keep all 4 together but I know better).

Q: Are any of these tanks with build in filter good?
Also- I don't like to use any glass heaters (sad stories with previous active turtles), if I keep the babies also in the basement (warmer than upstairs)...
Q: Can I just use a basking lamp for heating source? Are their any brands that provides both heating and UVB or I must get separate ones?


Re: Baby Tank Set up

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:40 am
by steve
Are you able to sex the smaller turtles? Any of the males would very likely need their own setups.

Tanks with built in filters have not improved... a canister is still the best option.

I use a glass heater but has a protective plastic sleeve over it. You can also get a metal heater that would be shatter proof. You can also get an in-line heater that connects to the hose of a canister filter or look into a canister with a built-in heater. Using a lamp will be inconsistent and likely lead to algae issues.

The only lamps that still provide heat and UVB are mercury vapor bulbs (mvb). As before, there are only a few brands that make them but they are usually not recommended for smaller turtles as they put out a lot of heat.

Hope some of that helps!

Re: Baby Tank Set up

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2022 4:06 pm
by puiyanpuiyan
Hi Steve!
Yes this is helpful!
As always, Thanks for always being here to help us!!!!