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Old 07-17-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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musk turtle paldarium help!!


Hey guys have a 60 litre tank wanting to make into a paldarium to house a musk turtle, so hoping people could give me some ideas and tips of how to go about this as I have no clue! Things to consider is, the filter, a raft/basking area for turtle and i would like to grow mosses/plants in wall(not submerged because of turtle)

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Old 07-17-2011, 08:16 PM   #2
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Turtles produce a huge bioload, so filtration is the key. I have two cooters and have massive filtration between their two tanks.

My cooters are huge vegi-monster so I would never attempt planted tanks with them but I don't know about musks. My female will eat 1/3 of a head of lettuce a day, so I'm sure she could go through about $40 in aquarium plants in about 10 mins. lol.
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For a basking area, you could section off a part of the tank with a divider and fill that with only substrate and fill the rest with water. I have also seen fake rocks that float, they are specifically made for turtles. You could also get some wood that's wide enough for your turtle and have that sticking out of the water. For the plants, you can get the plastic mesh for arts and crafts and attach that to the side of the tank with suction cups and have the moss/plants attached to that.
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musks are mainly aquatic and only rarley come on to land to bask, so only need a smallish area, I've seen the floating "turtle docks" too but wanted something a little more natural. Only having one turtle the biolaoad on the tank isnt that massive as musks dont have alot of waste to begin with but yes the filration will have to be a large part of the scape.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:36 PM   #5
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I've seen flexible partitions, they are like a bunch of waterproof dowels put together, then you can make a corner of the tank a basking area.
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that is way to small for a musk. get a 29g (minimum tank size for a musk)
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