How to design a turtle terrarium | Pet care.

A terrarium is ideal if you want to show your pet and decorate your home at the same time. It provides the animal habitat, adding a natural feel to your home.

Step 1: Get a fish tank or tank

You will have to get a tank large enough to accommodate your pet when it reaches maturity. The minimum dimensions of turtle terrarium should be 3-4 times the length of the turtle, twice its width and between 1.5 and 2 times their height. In addition, should add 8.12 inches above the highest level that turtle can reach inside the tank, so that it cannot escape.
If you have more than one, increase the dimensions of the tank by 40-60% for each turtle.
Finally, it is also preferable that the tank of your terrarium is plexiglass, since normal glass produces them dazzling.

Step 2: Prepare the water and surface

It's not to obstruct the area of water so that the turtle can swim freely and do not collide with the decoration. Place the ornaments at the corners, and covers any of the other uniforms of the terrarium, as filters or similar.
The turtles love to soak up the Sun, so they also need an area dry to rest, and it may be made of acrylic, glass, thick wood, plastic, or a large stone. When you get the one you like, anchor it on the water, with a steep incline level so that the turtle can go wherever you want.
A final recommendation: avoid sharp edges or decorations that block you the road, and do not use gravel materials or others that are less than 2 centimeters in diameter.

Step 3: Make sure that the water used is clean

As descendants of sea turtles, turtles in your terrarium spend much of the time in the water. Is where to swim, eat, drink, and release their waste. Therefore, over time, water will end up getting dirty, and that will make to the turtle display susceptible to diseases if it is not modified.
To avoid this, you need to change your terrarium tank water, which is a tedious job, but it is recommended to do, at least every 45 days. To keep the water clean between each change, you can use a liquid element filtration system.
You can also add a teaspoon of salt per liter of water you use, to avoid harmful bacteria and diseases of the skin of your turtle.

Step 4: Decorate the tank

Get the habitat of the tortoise a slightly more welcoming place, adding embellishments. Remember that you should wash and sterilize the things you pick up along the way, before putting them in the tank. Do not add decorations sharp and pointy or too small so that the turtle can swallow them.
Alternatively, you can add to your terrarium decorations commercial or pieces of wood, gravel, plants, shells and stones.

Step 5: Provide adequate lighting

Like turtles sunbathe, so you will have to adapt to any light from heating. There are several lights available in stores. To install them, make sure that you focus on the dry area that your pet has chosen as a resting place.
Apart from the heat, the turtles should also get UV rays of light for the metabolization of calcium. You won't have any problem in finding UV lamps in the shops.

Step 6: Place the tank in a comfortable corner

Do not place the tank next to a window. While the turtles need sunlight, exposing the terrarium water to the Sun directly, only get to the algae to grow faster, which means you will have to change the water frequently.
After following these simple steps, your terrarium is ready. But before putting in your turtle, first test the environment, leaving small fish live in the water for a while, and you can see if the water is clean and free of diseases. If everything is OK, you can put your pet in the inside of the tank.
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