I know this is years and years later, but I just wanted to thank everyone for their information. We are having our house painted and re-floored and I was in a bit of a panic as to what to do with my turtles and if they would be alright outside of the tank until the work was finished. Everyone's answers were very helpful in my decision to try to set up the tanks in the small area that I had left that was neither getting painted nor floored.
Again, thank you.
2 RES, Chi, Mango (11 yrs old)
1 Eastern Painted, Painter (4 yrs)
7 Cats, Misao, Dexter, Schuichi, Elonah, Iris, Isis, Zoe (various)