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Post any questions you have about an aquatic turtle tank setup here. Or if you have a picture of your aquatic turtle tank setup picture, we would love to see it.
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Bbasso
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Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:58 pm

I'm interested to see what everyone uses to light their turtle's tanks.
Please list what bulbs you use and the wattage.

If you have a picture please post it.
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Sun Oct 02, 2005 5:00 pm

I use the super coil fluorescent bulb I believe that someone said that it gives off about 2 % UV, not sure, I will check when I buy another probably this month. Other than that, I use a ceramic heater for their heat source(no light). :D
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Sun Oct 02, 2005 8:57 pm

just a heads up thoses twisted style users or wanting to get one....they (the Compact fluroseccent), twisted bulbs DO NOT GIVE OFF HEAT only an incandessant buld will give off heat the compact fluros/cfl's do produce some heat but not enough !


just my 2 cents to help anyone whio doesnt know
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Mon Oct 03, 2005 6:26 pm

Ok after about 4 years and hundereds of dollars this is my take on the lightbulb situation especially with the winter months comming. I have been going through lightbulbls like toilet paper. And at $10+ a pop, it gets really expensive. They just explode or burn out. I try to keep it at 12/ on 12/off cycle. But it doesn't matter. Tried them all ESU, Exo Terra. You name it. I've bought it. The last straw was driving 30 min. to Huntsville (Another State, Mind you), Buying a new bulb and having it explode the very next moring. I've tried even changing the light socket itself. Nothing works. So here we go. 2 Clamp lamps. 1 With a Ceramic heater, and 1 with The florecent UV coil bulbs (Made for reptiles). I get the heat. I get my special UV light, I get low energy costs. And more importantly I get happy turltes. I don't know. Thats my 2 cents. If anyone has any other suggestions my wallet an mre are listening.

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i finally finished my new set up.....a 55 gallon tank....2 15inch (uvb, and a daylight one) strip lights one spot light for basking 100 w....basking area is 1.5 feet long and the width of the tank it is composed of sand gravel mix(nesting)...some gravel on topto kepp some sand out of the water...filter new penn plax 1000 canister filter ....forget the specs but its equal to the 304 or 404 fluval.....the pics are still coming from he cell phone so heres the pic of the basking area....all i have now ill add more when they come in

http://pak06.pictures.aol.com/NASApp/yg ... cale=en_US

hopefully the link works,if not ill try something tomarrow
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 8:03 am

they're asking to log in..
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thats my 1st shot of the basking area more to come.............
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 1:55 pm

hmm nothing is showing yet :?: try www.photobucket.com
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 7:21 pm

i did photo bucket.com and i had changed the file name so it got messed up here the pic (its in my 2nd to last post)
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 8:17 pm

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side of basking area....sand gravel mix


full tank

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this pic was taken b4 it was fisnished
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 5:48 am

nice, i like the basking area :) hmm maybe it's my eyes but is the water foggy?
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:01 am

its a crappy camera phone and at the time it was ( no filter) we hooked the new one up after the pic(penn plax cascade 1000) and a duetto 100

hopfully ill find the dig cam and get better ones
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 12:28 pm

oh ok..they're great then :)
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Fri Oct 07, 2005 11:18 am

looks like part of the Viquarium set up, I used to have that for my turtles in the begining... But they out grew it

Your tank looks like a fine start
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:24 pm

This is my temporary set up for my 20 gallon... gettin the 75 gallon Friday.

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Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:44 am

Hey toolshed, quick question for you:

How did you get your basking area to stay up using just sand and gravel? I use three huge rocks for my turtle's basking now, since when I stacked the gravel up, he just made it slide over and fall down. :( It would probably help if my turtle was smaller though. He's around the size of a softball. :-P

I should snap some pictures of him and his tank sometime. :)
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