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Looking to get a water turtle

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by GotTort, Feb 10, 2016.

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  1. GotTort

    GotTort Active Member 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    I'd like to get a water turtle for my office at work. I have an area that's 50 inches long. What type of turtle do people suggest. I'm looking for something active and interesting to watch but will fit in that space. And easy to care for. My other question is how much noise do filters make? Since it will be in my office, located a little bit behind my desk, too much noise wouldn't be good.
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    Well, there are a couple of options. But either way: you'll need to ensure that your desk space can house a 40 gallon tank. Because general rule of thumb is 10 gallons per 1". The smaller water turtles (common musk turtles are an option) get to be 4"-5" max, so you need to ensure that you can fit a 40 gallon so that they are healthy and happy!
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    I'm pretty sure most of the sliders are out of the question based on their size. I would go for a musk, mud, or Reeve turtle.
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Really depends upon the setup. If set up properly turtles can be very active and enjoyable. If just half filled with water and a rock to bask on, they won't be very active. But a tank with lots of plants - real or fake, some rocks to explore in will make them feel secure and stimulate that hunting and exploring behavior.

    Filters, if done properly are extremely quite, so that is not an issue. I use the Fluval cartridge type which are extremely quite, and easier to clean.

    The suggestions above are good for types. Get ones that stay small. Mud, Musk, Reeves, Southern Painted are most common, but I love and specialize in Spotted which would be great but a bit more pricy but are beautiful and stay small.

    If you go musk - they stay small, and one or two would do fine in a 55 gal tank. (which is 48" long so will be a great size for your area) The advantage is they really don't need to bask - so you can put them in a tank with some plants or fake plants they can hang on near the surface, and watch them like little bulldogs hunting around the bottom of the tank. I wouldn't put them in with other turtles as they are tail nippers, and will bite off the ends of another turtles tail they see hanging above them.

    For other turtles you would need to create a basking platform for them and keep the water level low enough so they cannot escape. Need a good basking light for thermoregulation, and I like MVB as it also gives UVB, but that is questionable if they really need it - if you are giving a good diet as Most all turtles do get D3 from their fish oil inclusive diet. For this type my favorite is the Southern Painted Turtle. Males barely reach 4" and a large female is maybe 6", so a pair would be fine.
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    Musk turtles stay small forever only 4-5 inches as adults which makes them well suited for smaller spaces.
    these are my two breeding adults.

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    Please remember that you will have to clean the tank WEEKLY. This is NOT the sort of the the cleaning lady can do. And cleaning a turtle tank takes TIME and gets MESSY (...at least it does when I’m doing it! Ha! )
    Does your building temperature CHANGE on the weekend when no one is in there working? I know some places are set to have the air conditioning and/or the heat TURN OFF on the weekends to save money. Changes like this will impact any animal.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Today I learned more about painted turtles. Thank you Mark.

    How well would a spotted turtle do in an indoor housing situation like this? With UV and a basking area.
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    Good luck whatever you choose! I want to see pics at lunch in November.
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    N American Spotted Turtles do very well in indoor tanks/aquariums. Adults are normally in the 5" range and a few in a 55 gallon tank can be great turtles. They are so pretty and extremely personable and active when set up right. In addition to the large group in my pond, I always keep some set up in my office as I enjoy them so much.
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    I agree with this. My tortoise was an "office tortoise" before they offered her to me.

    The business would turn her light and heat lamp off on weekends or holidays due to the potential fire hazard, despite her being a tropical species.
    If anything bad happened at night or over the weekend, like her flipping over, we would have no idea how long she was like that.

    This is also pretty rare, but all of the water from my map turtle's 50 gallon tank spilled while I was at work onto the basement carpet. Seems I didn't put the filter top on securely enough. Cleanup was fun.
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