Hey everyone, nice to meet you!
SO I happened to be walking around a flee market the other day looking for something completely different - when I came across some guy selling res hatchlings for $10 in a plastic tank with substrate and a little baggy of food. I figured; WHAT THE HECK the kids will get a kick out of this - and I had a Ball Python for almost 10 years before so I figure a reptile isn't a big deal.
A couple days later and the turtle was still alive and eating and so I had my 4-year old pick out a name - LEONARDO from TMNT no doubt. Then this morning my wife said the turtle didn't eat, so I went to take a look and actually do a little research on this fellow. First search I find turtles are aquatic and need UVA/UVB light at about 75~80F + a bask spot - so I put the poor little fellow in his 2 liter tank half full of warmed bottled water in outside in a 50% shaded area for a couple hours to soak up the sun while I set off for real equipment at the local PetSmart.
What I came home with was a 40-gallon aquatic turtle starter kit here: http://www.petsmart.com/reptile/supplie ... 27182.html
Leo is absolutely tiny in this monster tank, but the petstore guy told me in about a year the tank will be right and in a couple I would have to upgrade.
So, the tank is pretty basic - No flat screen TVs or master bedrooms; just a sunroom platform and a plastic bush to get lost in
OH and theres another turtle in the pool. We named it Chalky.
What else can I put in this tank to make it look more lake-like?