Features of keeping and caring for the red-eared turtle are based around the water – the main condition for the comfortable life of a freshwater reptile.
We will figure out how much water should be in the aquarium of the red-eared turtle and what characteristics it should have.
Water-eared turtles need water with medium hardness and with a pH in the range of 6.5-7.5. At home, ordinary tap water, purified from bleach, is suitable.
IMPORTANT! Do not be alarmed if young turtles rub their eyes in a new pond. Irritation is caused by chlorine residues and after a while passes on its own.
For the safety of the pet, water that has passed through the filtration should be poured into the aquarium. With large volumes, it is cheaper and easier to purchase special filters installed in a water tap. If the turtle is small, then a conventional filter with a replaceable module is also suitable.
In addition to filtering, water must be defended. It helps:
- Get rid of chlorine fumes. Water can be poured into the aquarium in a day.
- Create optimal temperature. For normal activity, the pet needs a temperature in the range of 22-28 °. For quick heating, a special heater will be installed on the outside or inside of the aquaterrarium.
The water in the turtle is changed depending on the presence of an aquarium filter:
- with the filter, 1 partial replacement per week and 1 full replacement every month is enough;
- without filter – 2-3 partial replacements per week and 1 full change every week.
The water level in the aquarium should allow the turtles to move freely. An approximate indicator is calculated based on the body length multiplied by 4. An adult female with a shell of 20 cm requires at least 80 cm of depth in order to freely make coups.
IMPORTANT! The lower boundary of the depth should not be lower than 40 cm, and when containing several reptiles it is required to increase the volume of liquid by 1.5 times.
Water for red-eared turtles should fill about 80% of the aquarium. The rest is reserved for land used by reptiles for rest and warming. To avoid shoots, make sure that at least 15 cm remains from the top edge of the aquarium to the water surface.
The importance of hibernation
Trachemis hibernated hibernate in a small pond, absorbing oxygen from the water with special membranes located inside the oral cavity and cesspool.
IMPORTANT! It is not recommended to introduce the turtle into hibernation on its own. Keeping track of enough oxygen and water temperature at home is problematic. This practice is dangerous for the pet.
If hibernation occurred without additional stimulation, then the reptile is placed in a separate terrarium filled with wet sand, or left in the water, lowering its level to the ground.