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Old 17-11-2012, 05:23 PM
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I know itís wrong. I have gravel in my turtle tank. Itís an established fish tank with plants that I am adapting for my turtles. I know itís wrong but I want to put it right. Can I put in a layer of pebbles to cover the gravel or would I just be storing up problems for later?
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Old 17-11-2012, 05:46 PM
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If its gravel then it is quite likely that the turtles will eat it unintentionally. Personally, I would recommend it is all removed as food and waste would probably get trapped between the layer of gravel and the larger stones. Our tanks are mostly "bare bottomed" but large slate pieces and stones do look good.

If you go to the main Shelled section and repost you should get some more answers.

Which turtles is it for and do you need any other info regarding their tank, filter, lights, basking area etc?

Turtle tanks really should not have a lid - don't know if yours does.

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Old 17-11-2012, 05:57 PM
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Thanks for your reply Stephen. Iíve got two map turtles. I am running in a new Fluval U4 underwater filter alongside my existing Juwel Super 400 so that I can lower the water level. Iím keeping the fish tank lid on until I can. I will then set up my Arcadia D3 80W lamp. The present tank is 125L but I plan to upgrade as they grow! I have a floating turtle dock. How long do you think I should run the two filters together before the new one is sufficiently colonised with bacteria?
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Old 17-11-2012, 07:04 PM
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Why do you want to lower the water level?
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Old 18-11-2012, 03:24 PM
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Iím only planning to lower the water level a little so I donít have to worry about them climbing out.
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Old 18-11-2012, 03:32 PM
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What size tank do they have and what sort of size/age are the turtles?

If you can post some pictures we can help with the set up and how to build an above tank basking area so that they can have the depth of water they need.
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Old 18-11-2012, 04:33 PM
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The tank is 31" x 13" x 15" tall. The turtles are about three months old and their shells are about 1.75" long. Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
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