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08-15-2014 04:28 PM
Originally Posted by senor0kun View Post
Thanks for the ideas. What about Crypts?
Ah yes I always forget crypts (only recently started trying them myself, have more experience with the other plants I mentioned). Crypts are a good idea actually, they are low tech/light, can be buried/planted in sand unlike anubias and java fern, and there are a good variety of sizes, colors, and leaf shape variations. They are slow growers though so if you are are planning a short thick carpet of crypt parva..get a lot of them to start or be very patient. A lot of people mention crypts can melt from transplant, they grow new leaves to adapt to the changed environment. I bought emersed grown and slapped them under water, only had very minor melt of a few leaves (excepted complete meltdown), and they're growing quite well now. Just mentioning it as a heads up, if they loose leaves but roots are not rotted off completely just leave them be, they should have new growth within a few weeks that's perfectly adapted to your tank.
08-15-2014 03:08 PM
senor0kun Thanks for the ideas. What about Crypts?
08-14-2014 06:50 PM
AquaAurora Very lovely set up! Like how the underwater seems brown-ly monochrome and the top green, really nice effect. I can't offer the best advice for plants as I've never kept turtles and don't know what they might eat or just kick up from moving around..
I'd offer anubias and java fern as low light low tech plants that are hardy, but their rhizomes (horizontal part that leaves and roots grow from) cannot be buried. They do best tied to hard scape/decor, or if they come with really long healthy roots you can anchor them in the sand only by the roots (have to leave a little room for rhizome, against it cannot be buried even slightly).
You can try mosses like Christmas, flame, or fissidens, and even riccia on rocks (get a hair net or those net sponge things you use in the shower and take it apart, put moss on rock, put netting over it, tie off below and put in and enjoy) or using fishing line or thread can tie mosses to wood, or even to stainless steal mesh to make a 'carpet' chistmas moss carpet, fissidens matts, ricica fun all over this one. Not sure if turtles will eat that stuff.. btw if you use riccia its the fastest growing and will need trimmed so it doesn't break loose (it has no roots unlike mosses, if it doesn't get enough light shaded parts die and the newer growth breaks loose and floats up). These are also all low light/low tech options, please note it does take time for them to grow into a decent carpet.
08-14-2014 05:58 PM
Veritas I used this one for my Diamondback Terrapins
08-14-2014 05:54 PM
senor0kun I'll check into it. Do you know of UV bulb products that give off no heat?
08-14-2014 05:19 PM
Veritas I don't want to stir the pot, but that just isn't true. It's a common misconception that aquatic terrapins don't need UV bulbs - but their shell growth will definitely suffer long term if not given access to proper UV radiation.

08-14-2014 12:58 PM
senor0kun I don't have one. Musk turtles live 100% in the water. I have a 150watt amazon led from kessel, and the tank is close to the window, so that is how they get their vitamins. 3 years in and they are healthy and growing.
08-14-2014 12:27 PM
Veritas The tank looks great.

I don't see a basking lamp or UVB bulb for the turtles though?
08-14-2014 04:42 AM
senor0kun any suggestions on a plant that would do well on the bottom in sand?
08-14-2014 04:08 AM
senor0kun Update on this one. I've stripped it down to just sedge plants, sand, rock, and wood. All the sand and rocks/pebbles have been collected around buffalo bayou. this is a much simpler arrangement in terms of care, and looks a lot tighter than the previous setup. fish are jamming, about 40 guppies alongside the two turtles.

01-28-2014 08:15 AM
harilp eeee!! Turtle <3 Superb

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01-28-2014 07:56 AM
Down_Shift holy crap. beautiful tank. guppies = fancy food for the turts!
01-04-2014 12:41 PM
hydrophyte That turtle is so cute! If I didn't already have so many projects and things to take care of I would totally get one of those turtles.
01-04-2014 05:03 AM
senor0kun The ender's guppies have multiplied from 1 to 21. 4 generations in the tank, all from a single female.
01-04-2014 05:00 AM
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