As an aquatic turtle owner, cleaning the habitat of your turtle is essential in keeping them healthy and sound. This is the tank your turtle will stay for a long time, and it should be perfect. You will need to carry out a thorough cleaning of the tank glass at least twice in a month. Keeping the water safe and clean for swimming and drinking is vital to the turtle’s wellbeing.
Cleaning the tank glass involves taking out all its contents, scouring and washing these items, then putting back every item carefully to the tank after the water chemistry and temperature have been regulated. Once you fully understand the cleaning routine, you will see that it doesn’t need much stress to give your aquatic turtle a neat habitat where it can be healthy and happy. Discussed below are basic guidelines to help clean your turtle tank glass.
Table of Contents
- Tank Preparation
- Cleaning the Turtle Tank Glass and its Content
Before cleaning your turtle tank glass, you will need to prepare it first. So in this segment, we will show you can prepare your tank for cleaning.
Step 1: Transplant the turtle
Gently pick up the turtle from the tank glass, and place it in a bowl, bucket or the carrying box you used to bring it home from the pet shop if still available. In this other compartment, put sufficient water for swimming, and sufficient material, for example, rocks or peat to enable the turtle to have something to cling on. And for the sake of sanitary, don’t make use of the secondary compartment for any other thing but a transitory home for your aquatic turtle.
Step 2: Remove heaters and filter
Unplug and afterward remove the electric gadgets inside the tank, and then place them in a bucket or sink for cleaning. Always remember where the gadgets were placed in order to quickly get them when you want to return them. Keeping a similar setup will avoid bewildering your turtle.
Step 3: Take out large items
One after the other, take out any live plants or plastics, pieces of wood or large rocks. Place them in a different container that you will utilize only for the sake of sanitary. On the other hand, if you choose to clean the turtle tank glass in a bathing tub, you can put them apart in the tub.
Step 4: Move the turtle tank to a cleaning place
Contingent upon how far you can convey the tank, either in a bathing tub or outside in a grassy zone are great cleaning places. Never attempt to carry a turtle tank alone: ensure you ask somebody, preferably a grown-up, to assist you in carrying the tank. Put yourselves on other ends of the tank’s short sides, slide it gradually to the side of its table, and then lift it up from beneath with the two hands.
Step 5: Remove all the water
Raise one side of the tank till the water is emptied completely. Ask somebody to assist you in lifting the tanks if is too weighty for you. Raise the tank from a crouching position, expanding your legs, rather than standing over the tank and attempting to lift it using just your back and arms.
If there is still a substrate of little, gravelly shakes in the tank, you can leave them. But on the off chance that your substrate is an organic matter, for example, nutshells or peat, then you should dispose of and replace them during each cleaning.
Cleaning the Turtle Tank Glass and its Content
After preparing your tank, then the next thing is to clean. Follow this simple guideline to know how to clean your tank glass and its contents.
Step 1: Wash the substrate
Utilizing either the bathtub faucet or a garden hose, load the tank to around a quarter full with water, and then empty it completely. Do this again for 4-5 times, until the point that the water inside the tank is extensively clearer than when you began.
To purge the tank of its water, lift it gradually toward one side from a crouching position, stretching out your legs to raise the tank rather than lifting with your back muscles and arms. The tank should be nearly in a vertical stance before all the water is emptied. Ask somebody, preferably a grown-up, to assist you in carrying it if it is extremely weighty for you.
Step 2: Prepare a solution for cleaning
Make a blend of 0.5 containers of chlorine bleach for each one gallon of water. Or, mix a 1⁄4 container of plain refined white vinegar together with 1 gallon of water. If you will be carrying out the cleaning on a grass or in a region close to other vegetation, then don’t make use of vinegar cleaning solution or bleaches, since these will definitely destroy plants. Rather, go to the pet store and look for a biodegradable plant-accommodating tank cleaner.
Step 3: Clean the tank
Put a coarse rag or sponge inside the already prepared solution. Use the sponge or rag to clean all tank’s sides, including the base, making sure to give careful consideration to the spaces and corners where two panels meet up. Dirt tends to develop and get captured easier in these regions.
To keep the substrate off the way, shift the tank to the other side so the stones move to that side. Clean everything except the stones, then shift the tank to the opposite side and do the same thing. Finally, clean the substrate also.
Step 4: Clean the decorations and devices
Dismantle the filter as indicated by its guideline manual, and clean each piece with the cleaning solvent. Give careful consideration to the filter by washing it under the faucet or hose. Clean the outer part of the heater, and scrub any adornments, wood, rocks, and plastic plants also. Wash everything together in the tub or bucket, and put them in a good place to dry.
Step 5: Rinse the tank
The last this to do is to rinse out the tank. You can do this by splashing water on the tank using the bathtub or hose, being sure that all the residue is removed from the cleaning solution and remaining debris. Rinse all the tank’s side until no scent of either the bleach or vinegar remains any longer. After that, dry the outer part with a neat towel and then return all its contents carefully.
How often you take care of your tank glass is reliant on the species of turtle you own and how chaotic they are. We recommend that you clean a moist tank at least twice in a month and a dry one after every couple of months. You will need to spot clean by taking out excrement all the time. Thorough cleanings should occur intermittently.