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    Anyone Keep Terrapins/Turtles?

    Im looking into getting some terrapins/turtles and was wondering if anyone has any on here?

    If so got and pics to the set up please?

    Is there anything to keep in mind before i buy them?

    Thanks
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    had some years ago.........wel basically rescued them from my brother......kept in a 6ft tank .grew to about the size of a saucer... no real probs...just feed and clean regularly, and wash your hands after as they can carry salaminela.
    thats it really.Not hard to keep.
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    leave a couple of rocks in the tank with flat tops out of the water gives them something to climb up on when they want or keep a dry tank an make a lake inside the tank where they can go in an out of
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    terrapins we had 3 of them about the size of a dinner plate
    We used tote them walk around the garden and house
    They loved the empty pond in the summer
    And lived in a 8x2 foot tank in the garage
    With about 10inch of water and rocks to get out of water
    And a lamp for heat
    Water filters and a water heater was also used
    With 2 power heads to move water around the tank
    In our town hall they have lots in the pond's I will take some pics for you

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    They stink and used to rescue around 4-10 a month, get around 10inches long, eat everything and anything..... think long and hard first.... they dont stay small..

    what about a nice hermans/ russian tortoise?
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    i had two when i was younger which went to the butterfly kingdone pond once they got too big

    great pets but can stink if not kept on top of
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    Just use some tank filters cost from £50 to £150
    When they get bigger they will eat live fish

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    i had 2 and my lass had 2 then she got sick of how dirty they were and i got 4 then i got sick and there now my cousins there big dirty gets !
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    I've just started buying the bits for a marine tank, as the missus has wanted tortoises for a while but with the dogs that's a no-go... we've compromised on turtles

    These guys are local to me, and have been really helpful... well worth having a read of their site and dropping them an email...

    http://www.swallowaquatics.co.uk/

    your tank will need filter, heater, two lights (a uv light and a fluorescent light), a drying out platform for them and of course somewhere for them to swim.. the air temp needs to be around 75deg. we were advised a 60 litre tank would be around the right size for 2-3 musk turtles, with the tank being roughly 60% full of water and then having a rocky platform for them to dry out on sticking out of the water.

    we've just bought a 4ft tank (~120 litres) and the lighting, filter, heater, and other paraphenalia is looking to come in at around £150-£200 - primarily using ebay. Musk turtles are around £20 each for juveniles. We're also putting a few freshwater shrimp in there as well, it all helps the ecosystem of the tank apparently.
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    Lee how about a tortoise
    They are easy to keep easy to feed will live a long time if looked after
    Costs for a setup from £200up

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