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New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:27 am
by MuttKali
So here is my res set up for the moment. It is simple, but effective. I have a 35 gallon, more tall than wide, tank for my res. I have two filters, one in-water filter and over the side filter. My wife bought me a turtle topper for christmas and I use that and I also bought a suction cup ramp and placed it half way in the water for a little landing area. Tell me what you think! Any questions or constructive criticisms are welcome. I will post more pictures soon!!



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Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:42 am
by devilduck
Where's the turtle? ;) Great set up! Do you have/need a water heater where you are?

Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:15 pm
by MuttKali
devilduck wrote:Where's the turtle? ;) Great set up! Do you have/need a water heater where you are?



Thank you! I'm really excited about it. Yes, I do, I have a great heater. I wouldn't be able to tell you much about it since I bought it a while ago from a mom 'n pop shop. But I only need one and it keeps my temperature regulated nicely. I keep it at 75-77 area. I do live on the east coast of the US so it's cold right now, so when it's cold in my bedroom the water is a little colder, but that's to be expected.

The turtles where on the little landing pad under the topper. That's their favorite place. But I did take new photos today! I'll post them after this one!

Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:24 pm
by MuttKali
This is Squirt. The smaller, newer one.
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And this is Chibi.
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Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:25 pm
by MuttKali
Oh and if anyone is curious, the tank next to mine are my wife's bearded dragons.

Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:33 pm
by steve
Looks good, though the UVB needs to under the basking area as well. I'll sift and get rid any of the small pebbles/gravel in the tank. The tank looks like it's been resealed, I would carefully check it occasionally.

Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:36 pm
by MuttKali
steve wrote:Looks good, though the UVB needs to under the basking area as well. I'll sift and get rid any of the small pebbles/gravel in the tank. The tank looks like it's been resealed, I would carefully check it occasionally.

Yeah I resealed it right before I signed up here. I didn't do a pretty job, but it's sealed well and I check on it continuously. (I'd hear it from the wife if her dragons got wet haha.) I didn't think the uv needed to be there but I'll have to get another lamp when the money comes. So I need one for the water /and/ the basking area?

and as for the gravel, I don't even want it in there. My wife makes me so it doesn't look plain. But she's not the one cleaning it. =\

Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:56 pm
by slider_keeper
Switch from gravel to play sand. They can eat the gravel and it could get stuck in them, this could kill them. Plus sand looks more natural, and the turtles will play in it;)

Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:05 pm
by slider_keeper
There is still debate about UV rays traveling thru water. The problem I have noticed is the UVB bulbs that are currently available on the market produce a much smaller amount of UVB intensity than the sun. For this reason we keep our bulbs close to the animals. When using a UVB meter you can see how dramatic the UVB intensity will drop off as you move the sensor farther from the bulb. For this reason, the thought is UVB from the bulbs will not travel thru water or at least the rays will be to weak for D3 photosynthesis. We all position our bulbs over the basking zone to expose the basking bulbs rays to the basking zone.

Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:06 am
by nariangel
Cute turtles! Hope to see more pictures :)

Re: New to forums, excited to share setup!

PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:32 am
by ataraxiamb
Your turtles are adorable! I would love to see the bearded dragons.