How To Keep Your Turtles Healthy And Happy In Your Pet'S Tank
Red-eared sliders and other aquatic turtles spend a lot of time in the water. So clean water is essential. Maintaining good water quality is an important part of keeping the turtle healthy. Even water that looks clean can harbor waste products such as ammonia and nitrites. These can build up to harmful levels. Turtles aren't as sensitive to water quality issues as fish. Treat turtle tanks like fish tanks. As waste products in the tank break down, ammonia is formed. This is potentially toxic and can be irritable to your turtle even at low levels. Some beneficial bacteria can grow in a tank. Pet stores carry test kits for ammonia, nitrates, and ammonium nitrates. Monitoring these levels can help you catch conditions in the tanks that can be toxic or harmful for your turtle. The pH (a measure of acidity) is not as critical to turtle health as fish or amphibians. Chlorine can still be an irritant to them, especially in their eyes. The easiest way is to use water conditioners. They are available at pet stores. Water quality and cleanliness are easier to maintain in a larger tank. You can choose a filter rated for two to three times the size of your turtle tank. Frequent partial water changes will help keep the water quality high. Make the bottom of the tank bare so food doesn't get trapped in the rocks. Use a smaller plastic tub or storage containers to store food and water. Make sure the water in the fish tank is warm enough to handle the water and water from the tank. If the water isn't warm enough, change the water after each feeding. . . .