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natx 06-06-2006 03:08 AM

My turtle vivarium:
 
Hey folks! New member here, doing some research prior to embarking on my first planted tank project, when I came across the vivarium section, which was a pleasent surprise. I have a 40 gallon viv setup for my red ear slider, and thought I might share some photos.

edit// my old photo host called it quits, so here are some new photos you'll also find on the bottom of the page. You can check out the earlier photos on my project page: http://www.nattarbox.com/vivarium

Room shot:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/201/5...5e9989ddb7.jpg

Looking in:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/223/5...7a6212ec37.jpg

Full tank:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/200/5...ee1549f299.jpg

Some crazy random house plant thats been growing like mad:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1230/...ac8f34153e.jpg

The lawn area, freshly trimmed:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/224/5...c1251f9187.jpg

Since these were taken he's developed a taste for the moss you see in the photos and eaten all of it. I assume this is why most vivarium owners keep frogs and other non-destructive fauna. I've replaced the moss area with some fast growing spider plants, and its looking pretty good. I'll snap some new photos soon.

natx 06-06-2006 03:11 AM

And for reference, here is an informal project journal I kept while putting this together:

http://nattarbox.com/vivarium/

nicksgirl7705 06-06-2006 03:19 AM

Very pretty tank and turtle.

I had a red ear slider when I was very little, his name was Murtle the Turtle. =) He always bit us when we put him under the sink to give him a wash.

Aren't they illegal in some states? (Sorry to be a little OT)

greatreef16 06-06-2006 03:22 AM

Very Nice! One of the most natural looking turtle vivariums i've seen!

natx 06-06-2006 03:23 AM

I think a few states, New York specifically, passed laws about selling them at certain small sizes, to prevent them from being sold as prizes at carnivals and what not.

conduct 06-06-2006 03:25 AM

In Iowa they can not be sold if less than 4" unless it is being used in a science/school lab. Great looking vivarium setup by the way.

nicksgirl7705 06-06-2006 03:31 AM

Yeah, I asked because it was illegal in TN too. We were sneaky and bought it in MS, about a 10 minute drive from here.

natx 06-06-2006 03:51 AM

Here are some photos I just snapped with some of the new plants. I'm hoping they're bushy enough to keep him from climbing up into this section and trampling everything. :)

http://www.parazz.com/photos/85286496816_940.jpg

http://www.parazz.com/photos/11669735956_940.jpg

http://www.parazz.com/photos/60544039380_940.jpg

daFrimpster 06-06-2006 02:40 PM

It looks nice. However the turtle would probably prefer more water and less land. All he needs is a way to get out of the water and under a basking lamp.

natx 06-06-2006 04:12 PM

Although you'd be surprised, he really enjoys romping around on varied terrain, as opposed to just beaching himself on one of those awful plastic basking docks they sell at pet stores.

I firmly believe that a more natural looking enviorment is beneficial to any captive animal, which is why I was willing to take on the extra effort / expense to build this terrarium.

daFrimpster 06-07-2006 02:47 PM

I agree with you on the "awful plastic basking rocks" They are about as unnatural looking as can be. And I am not saying you have a bad setup. It looks awesome! But that redear is gonna get a lot larger and will need the water space eventually. If you observe redear's in the wild you will either see them in the water or perched on log in the water. I think the only time you might find them on land is when they lay eggs.

natx 06-07-2006 05:23 PM

Yes I completely concur about the need for growth. My plan was for this tank to get us through another couple years of living in downtown Boston, and then as the turtle and myself require it, move to a larger living area.

daFrimpster 06-08-2006 01:32 PM

Turtles are great pets. IMO the most intelligent reptile. They can recognize individual people and definitely have personality. My favorite thing to do with mine was throw a dozen minnows or feeder goldfish in there and watch the excitement as the turtles would go nuts chasing the feeders down and eating them. OF course I had to do a major tank cleaning after that but it was worth it once in a while and I think it stimulated the turtles as well.

tekknoschtev 06-10-2006 02:06 AM

I tried. I really did. I tried so hard to keep any plants with my turtle. She wouldnt have it. She's a 13 year old RES living in a 75 currently. Any plants I placed into the tank immediately became a snack. She has an affinity for duckweed that seems to grow uncontrollably in my 55gal planted tank. Congrats on having some plants make it :D

I'm also glad to see you're considering, or at least aware, of the need for space as yours grows. I have that "forsaken" floating turtle dock, but she ripped the suction cup part off, so its more like a floating log now, and she climbs onto it from time to time, but apprecaites the amount of water she has to swim in. I fill the 75 about 3/4 of the way to the top and she'll spend hours cruizing around. She's just over 8" long now and likes to be able to have to stretch her legs out to poke her head out of the water at times.

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Originally Posted by daFrimpster
Turtles are great pets. IMO the most intelligent reptile. They can recognize individual people and definitely have personality. My favorite thing to do with mine was throw a dozen minnows or feeder goldfish in there and watch the excitement as the turtles would go nuts chasing the feeders down and eating them. OF course I had to do a major tank cleaning after that but it was worth it once in a while and I think it stimulated the turtles as well.

They are pretty bright and definately do have a personality. As for the feeders..... my turtle prefers friends, and now has 3-4 "feeder" goldfish weighing in at between 5 and 6 inches. Fortunately I have a pond I can put them in but I still find it hillarious that she'd rather keep them as friends than eat them. Now they're too large but thats ok.


Again, congrats on the awesome setup. Your turtle looks like it enjoys being in the plants.

natx 06-10-2006 01:29 PM

This guy is definately not your typical slider. He spends an enormous amount of time plodding around on land, I think he might have aspirations to be a tortoise. But he doesn't like vegetables! I can get him to eat fruit, egg, golfish, nearly anything except green leafy stuff. Which obviously works well for the plants. :)

I've been getting feeder guppys instead of golfish recently. The last time I bought a dozen goldfish he had consumed all of them in under two hours. They're pretty fatty as far as fish go, and I didn't think that was healthy. Plus they ruin the natural look of the tank (in my opinion).

The guppys are great though, I get two dozen and at least half of them survive long enough to breed a few times. Unfortunately most of the fry go straight up the intake pipe on the Fluval 404. I have one guppy that has lived in the tank for almost four months now, shes survived through three other batches of guppys. I'm thinking of removing her and the other survivors to the planted tank I'm setting up.. Sort of a natural selection in fast forward type of deal. :)


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