Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Ideally you would want to provide a good sized swimming area with filter and heater, a basking dock or large flat rock to climb out onto and 2 lamps for healthy shells. A UVB light and Heat lamp, both for reptiles.
You can do all this with either a large tank, min 20 gallons, the larger the better. Or a big low rubbermaid type tub... or a small kiddie pool in your basement. There are lots of ways to do this, it depends on budget, space and whether you also have dogs or cats in the house... ie tank needs a cover.
Water temp should be around 75-78 this time of year and kept fairly shallow to start with. You can slowly add more water as they get stronger and more confident swimming. The worst thing can be having them startled and dart to the bottom and not having taken a gulp of air before diving and not having the air or strength to make it to the surface. Also any rocks or ornaments you place with them, make sure there is 1 and a half X the width of their shells in space to get around everything in the tank so they don't get trapped or stuck and drown.
No gravel!! They can ingest it.... bigger river rock or bare bottom tank! Also they eat IN WATER... not on land. They need the water to help them swallow.
Get a pellet that mentions Vit A as it is crucial for healthy eyes. Also find yourself 4 small pans to feed them separately in so that you can tell who is eating and who is not. It also solves any aggression or territory issues during feeding. (If they were aggressive at all.)
Hope this helps you raise them to a decent size to release and not become someone else's dinner.
You know pics are required right?
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Last edited by SeaHorse; 08-14-2013 at 08:31 AM.