When to get bigger tank?

Post any questions you have about a turtle indoor setup here. Or if you have a link to your indoor setup picture we would love to see it.
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I have a 55gal with now 3 turtles, one painter and 2 res, I was wondering when to upgrade to a larger tank. also what size would be the best so I don\'t have to get another tank down the road?

thanks!

I\'ll get a pic of the setup so you could judge...
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Ten gallons of tank per inch of shell lengthwise for each turt. Add the lengths together and add 20% more to allow the the room the basking area takes up to see how big it should be for all three. If you don\'t want to upgrade soon, go even bigger, the biggest you can. Stock tanks and ponds also make good turtle homes and are cheaper than tanks.
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Is that overkill? or would be very nice to have for the three turtle?
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and the price is that fair? [125gal for $135]
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The price sounds OK to me. (Is it the tank alone or does a stand or anything else come with it?) I\'ve seen used 90-gallon tanks advertised for more than that.
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$135 includes 125gal tank &the simple Iron stand.



Few questions maybe you could help with...?


How would my fluval 404 do in a 125 gal tank?
whats the best heater for a tank for that size, maybe an inline heater?
Can the turtles grow to be too big for the 125 gal tank?
What else should I know about getting a tank that big?
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I forget how many gallons the Fluval 404 is rated for (I\'ve got a Filstar XP3 in a 50-gallon). If it doesn\'t do as good a job as you want, you could get a second filter (many people use two).

For heaters, a guide is 5 watts per gallon of water. For a tank that size, more than one is recommended (put one at each end so the water is heated evenly); calculate the total wattage you need and divide by the no. of heaters you will use (if 2 heaters, each would be half the total wattage). I don\'t know what an inline heater is.

Yes, your turtles can grow too big for that tank. (Look at my post to you before.)

Someone who has a tank that big would be able to give you more pointers. Make sure whatever the tank is on can evenly support the weight of it (it will be very heavy with the water).
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iknow this is an old post but if you havent gotton the tank yet or you would upgrade later to bigger iknow a great site where htey sell them cheap and custom www.glasscages.com and goto aquarium
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Thanks for the link to glasscages.com, I have not picked up the 125 yet... I can\'t seem to find a friend who has a truck or van to haul it with... But the tank still waits for me.
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Your turts looked a little crowded in the old tank, good thing yous gettin\' a new one, eh!
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