Please help --ASAP!painted help heat
Posted 21 May 2012 - 08:38 PM
Would it be okay to use a house-hold heating pad, on low, under his tank to keep it at the right temperature until I can get a heat lamp? I really don't want him to get sick or die. (
What else do I need, and how can I set up his tank?
Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:11 AM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:18 AM
A heating pad under his tank would be harmful, as too much heat will kill a turtle as too little will just make it lethargic.Heat is important but he needs to be able to cool off as in a cool area in his enclosure. Sunlight is the best uvb light there is. and putting him out in the sun would be great, but be sure there is a shady spot he can go to to cool off, a lot of people overheat their turtles because they thing turtle will die if too cold, in reality they just become lethargic and to digest food they need heat. Painted turtles grow to a large size but a 10 or 20 gallon tank will do for the first 2 years or so. Be sure to get a strong filter as dirty turtle tanks lead to Salmonella. Hope I'm not putting you off but I just don't want you to learn the hard way.
Oh no! You're fine. I am not put off easily, especially because I know little to nothing about turtles so any help I get is very much appreciated! I am planning on getting him a heat lamp and UVB bulb on Thursday when I get paid. I just need something to work for the mean time. I have been taking him outside for an hour or two every day, and I put a little piece of cardboard over part of his tank to make a cool spot, but I ;leave his basking rock in the sun. Is this okay to do?
Also, should I put anything at the bottom of the tank? I have been told that gravel and sand are bad but what about the grass looking stuff?
What kind of filter would work?
Sorry for so many questions, I just want to do what is best for him!
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