you place your turtle tank should be a decision that
is based on some more factors than merely ornamental
Some people place the tank next to a window to give
it sunlight. This is NOT recommended and might do
more harm than good. As mentioned earlier turtles
need UV light rays to synthesize vitamin D3, which
is critical to maintain their shell. But putting the
tank in sunlight will not give them UV-exposure, as
the window glass pane filters out nearly 93-95% of
the UV rays in sunlight. On the contrary greater exposure
to sunlight might foster higher algae growth requiring
a more frequent water-changing schedule.
Colds, runny noses and sneezing are as common in turtles
as the common cold is in humans. While a turtle doesn't
get a cold from being cold, keeping a turtle tank
in a draughty area, or under the direct blow of a
fan/room-cooler/air-conditioner can increase the possibility.
So keep the tank in a place that is not very windy.
It is best to place a tank along a wall, in an area
where the chances of it getting bumped are low!
Also remember you would need atleast 3-4 electric
points/sockets for the various habitat equipment,
so its best to place the habitat where electric sockets
can be accessesed easily.
mentioned earlier, the importance of a clean habitat
can not be over-emphasized. In the absence of natural
bio-cleaners, the responsibility of providing a clean
and safe habitat rests with you - the turtle owner.
recommend that the full tank be cleaned:
• Everytime the full tank water
• Every 35-45 days
• When the water starts changing color or smelling
• If any of the turtles/other aquatic life
gets diseased (due to a non-dietary cause)
• If you observe too much algae growth in the
For cleaning the habitat effectively, remove all animals,
remove all decorations/ equipment and empty out the
water completely. Clean all decorations/equipment.
Wash tank insides with hot water (don't use boiling
water as it can crack the glass). Use a sponge or
old newspaper to wipe all the inside surfaces and
remove any algae. For corners/edges we recommend using
an old toothbrush.
Do NOT use
Its normal to follow up with a mild and safe disinfectant.
use any containing phenol or phenolic compounds -
and always rinse thoroughly before refilling. Betadine
antiseptic solution (or any other Iodine tincture),
obtainable from chemists (for INR 10-20), is a safe
Rinse well, and fit in the cleaned decorations/equipment.
Add clean water. You can also add 1 level teaspoon
of common salt for every 4-5 liters of water. This
prevents the growth of 'bad' bacteria and prevents
shell and skin diseases.
Run all equipment for atleast 30-45 minutes, before
returning the animals to the habitat.
Caution: Don't clean any habitat
decorations/equipment, in the kitchen or any food
storage, preparation or consumption areas. Wash all
utensils/containers used to clean the habitat with
a mild bleach solution afterwards. Throw the old habitat
water in the toilet and not the kitchen sink!