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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-18-2006, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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turtle in my aquarium....

can I have a small I mean small turtle in my aquarium without it messing up everything the tank its a 55 gallon heavily planted
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Turtles are omnivores and eat a lot of different plants. Any plants that taste good will probably get eaten.

Out of curiosity, what kind of turtle are you thinking about?

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It might be ok for now, but....
You'll have to have a place it can come out and bask in
the proper lighting for it's shell,
that means lower water height.

Turtles are very messy, they will foul the water pretty quick.

As well, most turtles grow pretty big,
where a 55 might not be big enough...
Just some stuff to think about.
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IME turtles will tear apart plants. We have two Red-eared sliders where i work.. I go collect water cress for them and they rip it to bits eating it.
Also, none of those cute little few inch turtles stay that size. All of them grow bigger, RES get to dinner plate size.
I wouldn't do it. Turtles require very specific care, they need a place out of water to bask in the light of a UVB output bulb. And, they will mess up your planted tank and eat your fish.

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there really arent any small aquatic turtles anyway...

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scott, I also like non-fish in my planted fish tank.
thus far I've enjoyed; eels, frogs, crayfish, shrimp, crabs, snails,
but even I would not buy a turtle.

under the assumption that a turtle prefers feeding above ground
rather than down in your water, you might, and I mean MIGHT,
get away with a turtle if you provided a large floating platform
complete with it's own grasses and leaves GROWING for him to
eat, however such a platform itself may block out too much light
that the submerged plants in your gravel will need to thrive.

maybe one of our terrarium regulars has tried such a setup


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You wouldn't want this guy in your aquarium but I thought you would get a kick out of him while he was this size.



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