How to Purchase the Right Turtle Tank for Your Pet Turtle – Top 5 Tips

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Turtles make amazing pets. Learning how to care for a pet turtle the right way is certainly worth the time, effort, and money you may spend. Remember, there is no excuse for the premature death of your turtle based on neglect or lack of knowledge. The five tips I’m about to share with you can help you provide a long, healthy, and happy life for your little friend.

Tip One

Educate yourself. Learn about the specific breed of your turtle. Is it a Box Turtle, a Slider, a tortoise, or something else? Know its special dietary needs, temperature requirements, and social temperament. The more you know about your turtle, the better off you will be.

Tip Two

Prepare your home. There is much work at hand. You must purchase or build your turtle’s tank. You would be very wise to seek out a vet with experience helping turtles. Do this in advance so you know exactly where to turn in case of emergency (and for insider tips). A little preparation now will lead to smoother sailing down the road.

Tip Three

Never use chlorinated water. This goes for your turtle’s swimming water just as much as its drinking water. At minimum, pour your tap water into a large container and let sit for 24 hours before adding it to the tank. This will allow the chlorine to dissipate. Ideally, however, you will want to use spring water.

Tip Four

It is imperative that you provide your turtle with a mercury vapor UVB heat lamp for basking. This type of lamp will provide your turtle with sufficient amounts of vitamin D3, which prevents bone disease and premature death. Without this lamp, your turtle is in serious trouble, so please do not overlook its importance! Leave the light on for about half of each day.

Tip Five

You MUST maintain the proper temperature in your turtle’s tank. Of course, this varies from species to species, but generally speaking, 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 70 degrees at night are generally accepted as rule of thumb. You will want to purchase an under water heater to achieve this. Again, knowing the unique requirements for your specific turtle’s breed is absolutely necessary.

So these are five important guidelines for you to follow to ensure your turtle enjoys a long, happy life with you. Remember, turtles can live a very long time. In fact, some are known to actually outlast us! With this in mind, understand that your initial investment of time, learning, and money will be well worth it in the grand scheme of things.

Turtle pets on a budget-if you think this is impossible, read on!

Keeping turtles as pets has certainly come a long way over the years. Nowadays, a number of channels are available for interested people, whether they are prospective pet owners, novice turtle keepers, or experienced turtle keepers, teaching them how to save money while still providing excellent care.

Turtles are fairly adaptive creatures and generally share similar diets. There are many different materials that can be used for the turtles’ housing that will serve as excellent reproductions of their natural wild habitats.

Experienced turtle owners recommend large plastic containers because they are cost-effective, easy to clean, and portable. You must choose one which is large and wide enough to give your pet turtles suitable room for swimming, basking, and hiding. Compared to glass aquariums and tanks, which are expensive, hard to clean, and not at all portable, this alternative choice of housing for turtles is highly convenient and recommended for the budget-conscious.

Novice turtle owners may initially be attracted to small, colorful pebbles and rocks that make the turtle’s place of dwelling look more attractive and pleasing to the human eye. However, note that these materials really are impractical to purchase, as their purpose is purely aesthetic. When it comes down to real and practical turtle care, the pebbles and rocks used to decorate the housing of the turtle only make it harder to clean and filter. Instead, you should go for sturdy, large, and broad stones or rocks, which the turtles much prefer for basking and hiding.

Turtle owners understand that it is natural for their pets to relieve themselves of a lot of waste. Turtles kept in tanks should be provided with the right type of filter to ensure a clean environment. This may strike novice keepers as an expensive factor in turtle keeping, but there are actually cost-effective filters available that are of excellent quality. The filters should also be compact so that they will not infringe on the turtles’ room for swimming and moving around comfortably.

As most turtles are omnivorous, turtle owners should be pleased to discover that they can feed their pets a great variety of foods that can be readily and economically purchased. As turtles eat both plant and animal matter, you need not buy pricey and manufactured pet food, which may not satisfy the required food intake of the turtles.

Red and green leaf lettuce, fig leaves, squash, green beans, corn, silkworms, earthworms, crickets, slugs, and cooked chicken or turkey are just some of the types of food that most experts recommend for turtles. Note that once a week the diet of your pet turtles should be augmented by reptile vitamins to ensure their health and immunity from potential disease, as well as keeping them from getting obese.

In reality, with a little creativity and resourcefulness, and lots of love and dedication on the part of you, the owner, keeping your turtle happy and healthy can be relatively simple and inexpensive.

Karma Williams is a pet turtle care enthusiast who has raised turtles for over 23 years. Discover more about turtles by visiting the turtle pets page of her website. Get your free 10 part Pet Turtle Care mini-course, valued at $49, by visiting her PetTurtleCenter website and requesting it. Check out her eBook entitled “The Ultimate Guide to Pet Turtle Care.”

How to Purchase the Right Fish Tank for Your Pet Fish

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For the soon-to-be owner of the home aquarium who has little to no education regarding fish and equipment that might be needed, it might be wish to do some reading before purchasing. Prior to the purchase of fish tanks or aquariums, one certainly should have some idea of what type of fish will be taking up their abode in this quarters. It could prove to be a costly mistake otherwise. Will the fish you decide upon have adequate space or perhaps too much space? These are points to be considered carefully. Once you have clarified this issue, you can move forward.

Size

The next consideration in your new venture might be how much living space can you afford to give up for this new addition. Certainly not only must you account for the wall space needed but depth into the room as well as there needs to be space in the back of fish tanks to accommodate the filter, hoses and power cords. Once again, literature can be essential in this entire process. While aquariums are pleasant to the eye and soothing to the spirit, it is not an easy undertaking.

Budget

You might pose the question to yourself regarding the long term commitment to this hobby. Is it just a whim to be discontinued after a short time or the long haul relationship? This might help you in deciding how much you plan to spend on fish tanks. There is unlimited amounts to be spent in this leisure activity so plan accordingly before you make that visit to the pet shop where you might be easily persuaded to over-spend. Be realistic!

Accessories

Obviously, there will need to be many other accessories to be added to your aquarium/fish tank. Seek the advice of an authority or knowledgeable sales person when you go to select your fish tank. They can guide you so long as they are aware of your specific needs and budget. One particular essential will be a stand for your aquarium/fish tank. These are from basic to the most elaborate. In the higher end of the expenditure list, one might even consider having the tank actually set into a wall which is most unique in design. This would certainly qualify for the open-ended budget without restraint.

Setting Up Your New Tank

Allow time for the setting-up process of getting your fish tank ready for its new occupants. There are several steps to be followed in this endeavor but can prove quite worthwhile in the end. Just to have the pleasure of sitting in front of your very own fish tank and watching the fish as they swim so effortlessly. It is thought that merely watching can have a calming effect on the human body even to the lowering of stress levels.

When you are waiting to find out if your aquarium had any leaks or not you can start pre-treating gallons of tap water in jugs with water conditioner. One thing I do to speed up the process is add bacteria supplement to the water also, to get the perfect mixture ratio make sure to pay attention to the instructions on the bottle of water conditioner.

Next you can start adding gravel, make sure that you rinse the gravel very good. Since the tank is still empty you can start putting in the gravel and decorations. It is very important to make sure that everything that you put into your fish tank is washed well, as it only takes a little bit of dish soap to kill fish.

Start setting up the filter pump and the heating pump. Add the water solution from the jugs that you already pre-mixed, fill the tank up to about an inch from the top. Put the overhead lamp on if you have one and turn on the heater and the filter pump, you now want to be patient and let the water cycle for a week at the minimum.

After a week of the water cycling you can add a few starter fish, this will help the conditions for future fish a lot better. Once you select a couple of starter fish, keep a close eye on them. I would not recommend added any more fish into the tank for about 4 to 6 weeks.

Where Can I Get Aquarium Supplies From?

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One of the most common questions that all new aquarium owners ask is “where is the best place to buy aquarium supplies?” With the vast numbers of aquarium supplies retailers, both online and offline, its easy to see why so many starter owners feel confused. Every retailer has its advantages and disadvantages, and often different retailers are better to get particular aquarium supplies from than others.

Online Stores

Buying your aquarium supplies online is a popular option, and more and more people are doing so. Often, its cheaper to buy things online, and much more convenient – you can order your aquarium supplies from home or the office, and have them delivered often the next day. I’ve even had snails for my tank delivered by post before after purchasing them online, saving me both time and money.

At the same time however, buying online does have its disadvantages – by buying online, you do not have as much control over what you get – you might find gravel online that you think looks great, only to find it gets delivered and looks nasty, gives off lots of dye in the water, and generally is not usable! Also, you often cant get the advice online that many starter aquarium owners need when buying their first set of aquarium supplies.

Local Fish Stores

Local fish and pet stores can vary greatly. I have a pet store nearby that is really disappointing when it comes to aquarium supplies, and yet another one that is part of a garden center that is absolutely amazing, and I will often rather drive out there than buy aquarium supplies online!

One of the major advantages of going to a good local fish store is that they will often be very knowledgeable, and be able to offer you great advice, which can be invaluable when you are starting out. They will know which filters work with which tanks or aquariums, what food is best for a particular breed of fish, and anything else you could possibly need to ask.

On the flip side however, they will often be more expensive than their online counterparts, and may not stock the range of aquarium supplies that an online retailer can.

Direct From The Aquarium Manufacturer

Buying aquarium supplies from the manufacturer is often a sure-fire way of making sure the supplies you buy are a perfect fit for your aquarium. The quality will also often be better than many ‘compatible’ brands. However, at the same time, you must expect to pay a premium for the official aquarium supplies. Often a better option is to find an online retailer or fish store near you that stocks the official aquarium supplies, as they will be able to buy in bulk, and therefore it will often work out cheaper.

As for most things in life, there is never a definitive answer to many questions – buying online will (almost) always be cheaper than going to a store, however, while paying a little more, you will most likely get better advice from the people running the store, who will almost certainly be fish keepers themselves. Whatever you choose, it’s always advisable to shop around for your aquarium supplies, and find the best retailer with the most experience at the best price.