Aquarium turtles. Description of popular species, joint content with fish.
Also, the stories of acquaintances that their soft-bodied turtle are offended by guppies are fueling interest !?
Having seen and read all this, the aquarist thinks. and indeed the truth. Why not. Indeed, in natural – natural conditions, turtles, fish, frogs, snakes and other reptiles live together – in the same range! So all this can be recreated at home ?!
Well, let’s take a closer look at this issue and see real examples of cohabitation of turtles with fish!
So, for starters, it’s worth noting that the tortoise turtle is different! Therefore, we propose to consider four types of turtles, which are in demand among fans of aquarium-terrarium animals.
Trachemys and aquarium fish
This species of turtles is often called the "sea red-eared turtle." I emphasize that this turtle has never been marine. This is a completely freshwater resident.
It is equally important to remember that the highest part of the island for resting turtles should be located about 20-30 cm from the lid, depending on the size of the pet, because when buying a tiny five-centimeter specimen, you need to consider that turtles grow quite quickly and grow up to 25 cm when properly maintained. in the diameter of the shell. Despite the outward slowness and slowness, these armored representatives love to arrange shoots from their home, therefore, in order to avoid finding a pet throughout the apartment, it is better to comply with the requirement to place the island.
The turtles spend most of the day in the water; they crawl out onto the island to rest and warm themselves. That is why it is necessary to equip the turtle house with an incandescent lamp, which will be directed to the islet. At the same time, the water temperature should not exceed 26 degrees, warm water is detrimental to the turtle and entails not only poor health, but also the formation of a variety of fungal diseases. At lower temperatures (up to 18 degrees), the turtle feels comfortable.
Changing the water in turtles is necessary no more than 1 time per month, since they are quite clean and do not need frequent changes of water, which is very convenient for their owners.
For the most part, the diet of the red-eared turtle includes animal feed. They are fed with bloodworms, tubule makers and special granules of dry food, sometimes fed with lettuce or young cabbage. Adults need to be given gammarus (water crustaceans) in dry and raw form. Red-eared turtles also enjoy boiled fish, or shreds of chicken and beef meat.
Given all of the above, VERDICT. This turtle should not be kept together with fish! The conditions and the parameters (quality) of water for almost all freshwater fish species are fundamentally different from the conditions for keeping a red-eared turtle, by almost all criteria. Living together will be painful. But the main reason why you can never keep a turtle in an aquarium with fish is that turtles are predators. Sluggish, slow, funny and safe on land, in the water, turtles turn into excellent swimmers with an unrivaled sense of prey. If a young turtle may not hunt fish, then growing up … all the scaly inhabitants of the aquarium will turn into a high-class feed for it.
According to the conditions of detention, the marsh turtle is not very different from rubella. But this is a larger species of turtles and therefore at least 150 liters are required for one or two individuals.
In marsh turtles, calcium deficiency is not infrequently observed, therefore, in addition to an incandescent lamp, the aquarium must be equipped with an ultraviolet lamp and supplemented with a crushed egg shell diet. Otherwise, their dining table is almost a mirror image of the table of a red-eared turtle.
The marsh turtle is even more aggressive than its eared relative. Here and the video is not needed. They bite, and, quite sensitively, an adult can bite through a person’s skin, so it is not recommended to pick up such a pet.
Thus, we can conclude that this breed of turtles is even smaller than the previous one suitable for co-maintenance with aquarium fish.
Unlike the types of turtles described above, Trionics practically do not need an island. For them, a small structure with a smooth rise, which does not need to take its origin directly at the bottom, may well be suitable. This is a fully aquatic turtle. An elongated nose allows them to freely obtain the necessary oxygen on the surface of the water, and after that they do not need it for a long time. But at the same time, the aquarium should be equipped with continuous filtration and aeration, since this type of turtles needs clean water and can receive oxygen without floating to the surface. This is a very active and funny creature. Trionics love to dig into fine soil or sand, leaving only a small elongated face on the surface. Comfortable water temperature for them is 24-26 degrees, although experts have noticed that without harm to health they live in a temperature ranging from 20 to 30 degrees. The necessary volume of the house for Trioniks should be at least 150 liters per individual.
In the natural habitat, it is a strong and dangerous predator that feeds on fish, small crustaceans. It is not uncommon that this species of shells loves to feast on an egg laying left by a negligent bird that nests not on the banks of a pond, river or lake where these “vandals” live. The mouth of Trionix is equipped with a tooth saw and therefore its bites to the human hand may not be liked even more than the bites of a marsh turtle.
Nevertheless, according to the conditions of detention, this turtle is more suitable than others for joint keeping with fish and therefore it is not rare to find it in a common aquarium. BUT! There are several archive nuances:
– No plants planted in the ground will survive the acquaintance with Trionics. If you are dear to your green stretch marks from Trioniksa will have to refuse. A harmful tortoise rips out plants with a root, digs up the soil wherever possible, and where it cannot, it digs it up three times more actively. Small decorative elements also always interfere with this type of turtles.
– This is a predator. Very fast, both in water and on land, unlike other types of turtles.
– If all the same the above does not cool your ardor in acquiring this miracle, it is worth noting that this turtle can take root with the fish only if you take it at the very youngest age possible and observe a plentiful and varied diet menu.
And in the end, it would be a crime not to say that even if you follow all the precautions, this does not guarantee that Trionics will never become a fish for your fish. Experienced aquarists know that all fish, even one species, have their own character. The same can be said of turtles. There is no guarantee that the predator’s instinct in this tiny creature will not surface.
One phrase can say: "These turtles can be kept in an aquarium with fish, but only at a young" young "age." Then you still need to sit up!
Here is a video for thought !!
This species of turtles is very similar to sea brethren, however, it is freshwater. It can also live in slightly brackish water.
Perhaps this is the only species of turtles that can live peacefully and without incident with any fish, since for the most part this beauty is a vegetarian. Unpretentious, need a temperature of 23-27 degrees. Filtration and aeration are naturally necessary, but they do not require any additional equipment.
About these turtles they say that they do not swim, but fly around the aquarium. Having a pretty good looks, this miracle pleases the eye.
But there are a number of significant disadvantages:
– Space. If a young turtle of this species (up to two years) can live in a volume of 200 to 500 liters, then an adult turtle needs at least 1000 liters. Two-tailed turtles grow up to 50 cm in shell diameter.
– Price. From 200 to 800, which differs significantly from the prices of species described above.
This species is still little studied, not widely distributed, but is already popular with aquarists. But according to this, all the "experiments" with this turtle remain on the conscience of the owner.
So to summarize. For the most part, keeping together such completely different aquatic inhabitants like fish and turtles is not worth it. There are tons of attractive alternatives to diversify your aquarium. Mankind knows an incredible number of species of turtles, and so few of them that can be kept at home.