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Aquatic turtles - a description of popular species, sharing with fish

Aquatic turtles - a description of popular species, sharing with fish

The relevance of this topic is raised by many newcomers to the aquarium world and not only by them.

Often, on the Internet you come across a funny video where turtles swim peacefully with fish, and on the forums you can see photos of the joint content of fish and turtles with forest reviews.

Also, the interest of friends is fueled by the interest that guppies offend their soft-bodied tortoise !?

Having seen and read all this, the aquarist thinks about it - and that’s the truth !!! Why not??? After all, in the natural - natural conditions turtles, fish, frogs, snakes and other reptiles live together - in the same area! So all this can be recreated at home?

Well, let's take a closer look at this issue and see real examples of turtles living together with fish!

So, for a start it is worth noting that a turtle is a turtle! Therefore, we propose to consider four types of turtles that are in demand among fans of aquarium-terrarium living creatures.

Pond turtle and aquarium fish

This species of turtles is often called the sea eared red tortoise. I emphasize that this turtle has never been a marine turtle. This is a completely freshwater resident.

Contrary to the expectations of many who want to have this kind of turtles, these individuals require a fairly wide space to move. For one or two such Tartill requires an aquarium of at least 100 liters. Also, the aquarium should be equipped with an island for recreation, and a powerful filter. Aeration is not required, as the turtles breathe atmospheric air, crawling to the surface. In pet stores sell special islands for turtles, which are installed at the bottom of the aquarium. 70% of the island is under water. For the convenience of landfall there is a smooth rise to the surface, which has a rather rough surface with protrusions so that the legs of the tortoise have something to cling to.

It is equally important to remember that the tallest part of the island should be about 20-30 cm from the lid, depending on the size of the pet. in diameter shell. These representatives of armor-clad despite the external slowness and awkwardness very much like to arrange shoots from the paternal house, therefore, in order to avoid searching for a pet throughout the apartment, it is better to comply with the requirement to locate the island.

Most of the day turtles spend in the water, they crawl out to the island to rest and warm up. That is why it is necessary to equip the house of the turtle with an incandescent lamp, which will be directed to the islet. At the same time, the water temperature should not exceed 26 degrees, warm water is detrimental to the turtle and entails not only poor health, but also the formation of various fungal diseases. At lower temperatures (up to 18 degrees), the turtle feels comfortable.

It is necessary to change water in turtles no more than once a month, as they are rather clean and do not need frequent water changes, which is very convenient for their owners.

The diet of the red-eared turtle for the most part includes animal feed. They are fed with bloodworms, a pipe worker and special granules of dry food, sometimes fed with lettuce or young cabbage. Adults should be given Gamarus (water crustaceans) dry and raw. Also, red-eared turtles like to feast on boiled fish, or shreds of chicken and beef meat.

Considering all the above, VERDICT - it’s absolutely impossible to keep this turtle together with fish! The conditions of detention and the parameters (quality) of water in almost all freshwater fish species are fundamentally different from the conditions of housing of the red-eared turtle, by almost all criteria. Cohabitation will be painful. But the most important reason why you should never keep a bug in an aquarium with fish is because turtles are predators. Floppy, sluggish, funny and safe on land, in the water of the turtle turn into excellent swimmers with an unrivaled sense of prey. If a young turtle is possible and will not hunt for fish, then growing up ... all scaly inhabitants of the aquarium will turn into a high-class food for it.

For more doubters !!! Here is a marginal video (censorship) on the same topic.
Marsh turtle and fish

Under the conditions of the content, the marsh turtle does not differ much from the red-eared. But this is a larger species of turtles and therefore one or two individuals require at least 150 liters.

In marsh turtles, calcium deficiency is not rarely observed; therefore, in addition to the incandescent lamp, it is necessary to equip an aquarium with an ultraviolet lamp and supplement the ration with crushed eggshell. The rest of their dining table is almost a mirror image of a red-eared turtle's table.

The marsh turtle is even more aggressive than its red-ear relative. Here and the video is not needed. They bite, with it, quite sensitive and an adult individual can bite through the skin of a person, so taking such a pet is not recommended.

Thus, we can conclude that this breed of turtles is even smaller than the previous one is suitable for sharing with aquarium fish.

Trionix turtle and fishTrionix is ​​a soft-bodied turtle.
Its shell is a thick leathery cover.

Unlike the above described species of turtles, the Trionixes practically do not need an island. For them, a small building with a smooth rise, which does not necessarily have its beginning right on the bottom, may well suit. This is a fully aquatic turtle. An elongated spout allows them to get the necessary oxygen on the surface of the water without any difficulty, and after that they do not need it for a long time. But at the same time, the aquarium should be equipped with continuous filtration and aeration, since this species of turtles needs clean water and can receive oxygen without rising to the surface. This is a very active and fun creation. Thrionyxes like to dig in shallow soil or sand, leaving only a small elongated face on the surface. Comfortable water temperature for them is 24-26 degrees, although experts have noticed that without harm to health, they live in temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees. The required volume of a house for Trionix should be at least 150 liters per individual.

In its natural habitat it is a strong and dangerous predator, eating fish, small crustaceans. Not infrequently, this type of shellfish loves to feast on the laying of eggs by a negligent bird, which nests not on the shore of a pond, river or lake, where these "vandals" live. The mouth of Thronex is equipped with a teeth saw, and therefore its bites to the human hand may not like even more than the bites of a marsh turtle.

However, under the conditions of keeping this turtle is more suitable for sharing with the fish and therefore it is not rare to be found in the general aquarium. BUT! There are a few key points:

- No plants planted in the ground will not survive familiarity with Trionix. If you care for your green spreads, you will have to give up Thrionix. Harmful tortoise pulls out plants with a root, digs up the ground wherever possible, and where it is impossible, it digs up it three times more actively. Small decorative elements also forever interfere with this type of turtles.

- This is a predator. Very fast, both in water and on land, unlike other types of turtles.

- If, however, the above written does not cool your fervor in acquiring this miracle, it is worth noting that this turtle can settle down with fish only if you take it in the most possible, young age, and follow the abundant and diverse food menu.

And in conclusion, it would be a crime not to say that even if you follow all the precautions, it does not guarantee that Trionix will never look to your fish. Experienced aquarists know that all fish, even of one species, have their own character. The same can be said about turtles. There are no guarantees that the predator's instinct embedded in this tiny creation does not emerge.

One phrase can say: "these turtles can be kept in an aquarium with fish, but only at a young" young "age." Then you still need to seat!

Here is a video for reflection !!

The author of the video called him: "The Turtle (Trionix) - Lucy frightened the fish"
Double-tailed tine aquatic turtle

This species of turtles is very similar to the sea counterparts, however, it is freshwater. It can also live in slightly brackish water.

Perhaps this is the only species of turtles that can live peacefully and without incident with any fish, since for the most part this beauty is a vegetarian. Unpretentious, need a temperature of 23-27 degrees. Filtration and aeration are naturally necessary, but they do not require any additional equipment.

They say about these turtles that they do not swim, but fly around the aquarium. Having a pretty good looks, this miracle pleases the eye.

But there are a number of significant drawbacks:

- Space. If a young turtle of this species (up to two years) can live in a volume of 200 to 500 liters, then an adult turtle needs at least 1000l. Double-eared turtles grow up to 50 cm in diameter of the shell.

- Price. From $ 200 to $ 800, which is significantly different from the prices of the types described above.

This species is still little studied, little common for sale, but already popular with aquarists. And according to this, all the "experiments" with this turtle remain on the conscience of the owner.

So let's summarize. For the most part, keeping together completely different aquatic inhabitants like fish and turtles is not worth it. There are lots of attractive alternatives to diversify your aquarium. Humanity knows an incredible number of species of turtles, and so few of those that can be kept at home. And this suggests that even these few species need their own home, equipped especially for them and only for them. You should not try the fate of their pets, checking their tails and abdomen for strength.
Finally - here is a good video about fish and turtles.
But, alas, here are the comments left by the author of the video in YouTube: Eugene Karpenko 3 years ago "all the Sword-bearers have not been around for a long time :-) but the catfish is already much more than turtles. Even until recently, the barb lived well. Half a year somewhere. Smileys of the author, you can replace the bitter "UPS"))) thanks

the author of the article - Jan Terekhov,
for the provided material and cooperation!

Fish and red-eared turtle: is it possible to keep them in the same aquarium?

The life of a red-eared turtle at home has become quite a frequent occurrence. When owners of small red-eared turtles buy their pets at a pet shop, most aquarists think that a water turtles can be kept in an ordinary home aquarium with fish. But in reality this is not at all the case. The turtle with fish in the aquarium does not get along.

This species of reptile is a predator and lives exclusively in freshwater bodies of water that do not have a direct watercourse and are not considered as thus flowing. Therefore, an aquarium for a red-eared turtle is a habitual place for its habitat. The red-skinned turtle in an aquarium looks very unusual and attracts the attention of even those people who are not addicted to everyday aquarism.

The predatory aspirations of the aquatic turtle are associated with its carnivorousness, so keeping the fish with the eared turtle in one aquarium is a great danger for logging, since the eared turtle will take them as food. Therefore, fish and eared turtle get along in the aquarium badly.

Ideally, for a water turtle, you should purchase a special aquarium - a terrarium, which will be the best habitat for her and her relatives.

In order to maintain a water turtle at home, in an aquarium it should be equipped with a shelter. So, the aquarium - a terrarium should be very spacious and high (about sixty centimeters). In an aquarium for an aquatic turtle, conditions should be created that will maximally compensate for its lack of natural environment. Therefore, it is better to cover the bottom of the aquarium with large pebbles (such that it is larger than the head of the turtle), and you can also use river sludge or sand with clay.

It is necessary to install a filter in the aquarium, you can even one that is not functionally designed to supply air, the turtle will not die from the lack of oxygen, as it, if necessary, oxygen floats to the surface of the aquarium and collects there a certain amount of air that is enough for long period of time under water.

Funny and interesting turtles for aquariums

Many aquarists want little turtles to live in their underwater kingdom. To do this, you need to have sufficient knowledge about these reptiles, as well as how to equip an aquarium and take care of amazing creatures. All the details you can find out by reading this article.


Types of turtles are quite diverse. However, the most common among aquarists are red-eared, marsh, silt musk. Of these, the red-eared variety is especially popular.

Red-eared turtle

What caused this situation? The fact is that it is quite easy to care for this bug, besides it has a very expressive color.

The red-turtle grows very quickly: in 5 years its shell reaches 30 cm in diameter. This funny creature has been living for at least 30 years, but for this it is necessary to ensure proper care of this turtle:

  • first, the red-eared adult individual will require an aquarium with a volume of at least 200 liters;
  • secondly, young turtles need to be fed every day, adults - three times a week;
  • thirdly, in winter the red-eared turtle needs heating by means of a special ultraviolet lamp.

Marsh turtle

The next species is the swamp bug. This is a domestic reptile representative. Caring for it requires, above all, a special approach to nutrition. The fact is that this turtle is a true predator by nature. From this it follows that it can not be fed only plant food, otherwise the small predator will lose its energy and become ill.

There is one more important detail that care for such a turtle suggests: it should not be let out of the aquarium for a walk. The fact is that drafts in the apartment / house can cause serious harm to the health of the reptile.

Silt Musk Turtle

Finally, let's talk about another aquarium bug - silt musk. Caring for this funny turtle is completely uncomplicated. It is not longer than 10 cm in length, and its content is possible in an aquarium, the bottom area of ​​which is at least 150 sq. Cm. It is only important to ensure the correct height of the water level: it should not exceed 15 cm. Otherwise, the sludge turtle will have difficulty ascending to the surface. These reptiles feed in accordance with the above general rules.

Cooking aquarium

If you want to have a turtle, then consider, first of all, the following: turtles walk along the bottom of the aquarium, but they cannot breathe under water. Therefore, periodically, any aquatic bug pops up for breath. That is why it is important that the water level was not too high. Otherwise, such an inexperienced content of turtles will lead to their death.

Now let's talk about other nuances that also need attention. So, when choosing a soil for turtles should stay on the river sand with fine gravel. However, many species of aquarium turtles can do without soil.

You will also need to add a few plants to the aquarium. First, they are eaten by turtles, and secondly, it will decorate the habitat.

To equip the correct aquarium for turtles, you need:

  1. provide a large enough area of ​​the bottom. In this case, you should not dwell on the altitude. Almost all species of turtles can live in aquariums with a height of up to 20 cm;
  2. to equip a small island. Although small aquarium turtles are constantly in the water, they sometimes tend to appear on the shore - in order to lay eggs. And for this they just need an island. Even if you do not intend to breed turtles, make sure such an island. Also install a lamp above it, then the turtles will have the opportunity to bask in the improvised "sun". This is very important, since aquatic turtles are cold-blooded; therefore, the degree of mobility depends on their body temperature.

Feeding issues

Being in their natural habitat, very many species of turtles eat various plants, fish, mollusks. Aquarium turtles are quite difficult to feed year-round exclusively with live food. What, then, feed these turtles? You can give them a mixture, which consists of crushed shellfish, shrimp and fish. Periodically (but not too often) turtles can be fed with small pieces of beef. True, in the summer it is advisable to provide the reptiles with live food. The best option will be snails: all turtles enjoy eating them.

But why feed the turtles with live food? It's all about the nature of these interesting reptiles. They spend almost all their free time hunting and hunting food. Consequently, live food will satisfy the needs of turtles in the hunt. If they no one will catch, then out of boredom, they can almost stop moving. In addition, live food in sufficient quantities contains phosphorus and calcium, and these elements are extremely important for the shell of turtles.

You can still fill the ground with coral sand, as its sand turtles are also often eaten. Finally, for the strength of the shell, you can also feed the turtles with eggshells.

In addition to live food, turtles have a need for plant food: these are necessary conditions for the constant replenishment of vitamin reserves. What kind of vegetable feed? You can give the reptiles cabbage, lettuce, and other greens.

If turtles are properly maintained, they will need to be fed only once a day (except for certain species). Just keep in mind that they can eat for several hours.

These are the features of aquarium turtles. They are very funny, their content will always be interesting. It is only necessary to look after them very well.

We make ourselves an aquarium for the red-eared bug

Turtles are popular species of reptiles that are often found in domestic aquariums. To buy an animal, it is enough to go to a pet store, and select the one you like. Before this is done, experienced specialists recommend creating all the necessary living conditions for the pet so that it will not suffer from stress, wounds, infections and other injuries.

If turtles live in your home for years, then it is advisable to quarantine for a period of 2-3 months. It is not recommended to settle adults and newborns together, as they injure each other. Animals of similar sizes can coexist, accustomed to the same conditions.

Having appeared in the new environment, the young turtle will adapt in it several days, differing at the same time with modest behavior. Although some may show aggression, excessive activity. Do not forget to feed and monitor the general condition of the pet.

Registration of an aquarium for a tortoise

The red-skin turtle spends most of its life (25-30 years) in the aquatic environment. Heat-loving, capricious representative of tropical reservoirs, so with their own hands will have to issue a quality aquarium that will serve her for many years. The maintenance of a turtle involves the installation of an aquarium (aquaterrarium) with a volume of 150 liters per adult. In the tank, the water should be 40 cm deep, but proportional to the size of the pet - small turtles swim poorly, water can be less. It is important that it is freely located in water, and the liquid completely covers the shell. On the aquarium there should be a cover with holes for the access of air, so that after the water swimming the reptile will go to the land to take a sip of air and warm up.

In the aquatic environment, you need to monitor the parameters of water: the water temperature is 22-28 degrees - at low temperature, the turtle will become slow-moving, lethargic, give up feed and can get sick. River representatives of this species fall asleep in the water for the winter, but it is not necessary to force the pet into a state of hibernation. The acidity and hardness of water are recommended medium, the animal can live in infused water from the tap. For settlement of several turtles a spacious aquarium is required, not less than 200 liters, with a water surface and a coastal embankment.

Watch a video about the content of red-eared turtles.

Maintain cleanliness in the aquarium for the red-eared turtle can be either with your own hands, or with the help of an internal filter, which is often used in aquariums with fish. It is recommended to update the water 1-2 times a week, depending on the degree of water pollution. Turtles eat under water, so cloudiness, the formation of foam and silt are possible. Harmful organic compounds are harmful to their health. With the accumulation of nitrates and ammonia in the water, it begins to produce an unpleasant odor. New water should be the same parameters as the previous one, but in no case fresh from the tap (only infused). To illuminate the pond, you can put an ultraviolet lamp.

The longha turtle prefers not only swimming, but also swimming in the sun. Be sure to build a shore, land - with your own hands make a small ledge of pebbles (but not shallow), attaching stones to each other using aquarium sealant. Do not install wood planks - they quickly get wet, grow moldy, parasites infest. Place a lamp above the land - due to the heat on the turtle's body, the parasites "die out", it is heated. Water is heated with a special heating device (some distributors use a tube with an integrated thermostat).

What else can you install in the aquarium with your own hands

Red-skinned turtles cannot be kept with aquarium fish, as they will be eaten. Sometimes aquarists make compromises by shielding an aquarium using vertical glass with water holes. Large gaps should be absent so that turtles do not crawl into another part of the reservoir. So, ½ of the nursery in the possession of reptiles, and the second - "fish". Just in her own hands, you can land plants for fish, special soil and scenery.

Growth in turtles is fast, in the first year of life they reach sizes of 22-25 cm, so take care of a large capacity for living in advance. In the interior of the "house" must be safe scenery: pebbles of medium size (so that the animal does not swallow it), gravel is not safe to place. In the pond should be installed pre-treated snags, houses, grottoes, caves. Plants to plant undesirable - turtles are not averse to eat, although some species are suitable for food.

Look at your own handmade aquarium for eared turtles.

How to heat land in aquaterrarium

In the wild, reptiles swim in the water, spend most of their lives there, then land on land to breathe and warm themselves. The same conditions are necessary for them in captivity. On the shell should be a temperature of 29-34 degrees, so the lamp should be above the place where the animal rests. The thermometer will come to the rescue, with it you will check the air temperature on the artificial shore. The lamp, located very close to the skin, will damage the body of the reptile, so be careful when installing lighting.

The ultraviolet lamp is necessary for the prevention of rickets and the good absorption of calcium and vitamin B. In the absence of UV illumination, the animal grows with a curved shell.

The lamp should be closed from steam and water - during swimming the turtle splash water in all directions. Buy special lamps in the pet store, now they are sold together with ultraviolet lamps (UVB 10%), which is doubly useful. Daylight hours for domestic red-eared turtles are from 10 to 12 hours.

Remember that the pet's quality of life depends on water parameters, tank volume, lighting, and regular cleaning. The myth is widespread that these animals grow into small sizes if they are placed in a close space. In fact, this is not true - unlike fish, turtles grow large in any conditions, so large capacity will be required in advance.

Can turtles live with fish?


not. Nez so. the tortoise must climb out onto dry land. because she has no greed! she is not a fish. she needs normal oxygen and not dissolved in water. therefore, it is necessary to keep the turtle in the aquarium with speculations to which it can crawl. like in pet stores

Igor Rekin

There will be life! Only she needs a higher temperature of water than for the fish listed. This is the first. Secondly. It grows and will soon need a larger tank. Thirdly. Some species of turtles are predators, and love to feast on fish.

Xenia Chupis

The red-eared (provilno understood?) Predator is a sest fish. But the aquarium can be adapted for it. It is necessary to buy an island in the pet store (or make it yourself from non-sluggish material) and place a lamp over it to warm it up. The turtle will decide when to warm up and when to cool.

I want to have turtles in the aquarium, just heard ... that they can eat fish ... is it true?


Freshwater turtles should not be kept in an aquarium with fish.
First, turtles feed on fish, shrimps, snails and other inhabitants of the aquarium. And they also feed on aquatic plants.
Secondly, an aquatic turtle requires not only a shore with convenient lifting, but also an incandescent lamp for heating and a UV lamp for Repti Glo 5.0 for irradiation on the shore. For fish such voriant not suitable.
Thirdly, the turtles are dirty, the water is quickly polluted, even if you feed the turtle in a separate container. The adult turtle is long and constantly feces. Water has to be changed more often than for fish. And it will be necessary to change periodically completely. And this is a terrible stress for fish. The fish is weakened and eaten by the turtle. And if not eaten. but it nibbles and the fish eventually die. And again, eats a turtle.
For turtles need aquaterrarium. and there you can run feed fish. The turtle hunts for it with pleasure.
Here I have described in detail and with the photo the content of red-eared turtles, about the content, prevention of diseases and some symptoms of diseases. //
Here all the information does not fit. And the limit in the photo ended, but this information is tested by time and on my own experience.
I have four red-eared turtles living in a self-made aquaterrarium. In addition, I have five aquariums with fish, crayfish, shrimp and one sporee frog.

Lizaveta Borisovna

Even as they eat, especially kada teens. With fishes to hold nizya, from them there is a lot of dirt! It is better to keep them in a plastic basin; to keep water forever, you still have to change water, a lot of trouble, and they live a long time. THINK 100 times!

My fish in the aquarium and my red-dry turtle