Vivariums for turtles turtles with their hands

The calculation of the size

Ready for Aqua terrariums from pet store can be difficult to find a suitable place in a small apartment.So, for a volume of about 150 liters, you can run vivariums in size 90х45х40см or 100х35х45см. For the little turtles will approach the aquarium at 50L dimensions will be 50х35х35см.

IMPORTANT: When cutting is required immediately to ensure sufficient height of the walls — when you poured the water from the surface to the edge of the rim should remain 20-30 cm Also need to consider the level at which is attached a shelf or the height of the island. From vivariums with too low bumpers the animal can easily escape.

Materials and tools

To make an aquarium for the red-eared terrapins with your own hands you will need to acquire pieces of glass of suitable size. Cut them independently, or in a glass shop. Smooth joints are very important for the strength and integrity of the device, so if you have not worked with glass cutter no, better to turn to professional worker. The thickness of the glass vivariums, on the walls which will push a large volume of water needs to be at least 6-10mm. Work will also need the following items:

  • oil glass cutter;
  • sandpaper;
  • adhesive sealant;
  • masking or regular Scotch;
  • line, polygon.

To work you need to prepare a smooth surface — suitable large table square or freed space on the floor in the room. When choosing where you need to consider that after you build a homemade aquarium will not be able to touch a few days before full drying of sealant. Working with glass you need protective gloves, on some stages, use a respirator.

IMPORTANT: the Choice of adhesive sealant should be given special attention. Many types of construction glue contain toxic substances that can get into the water. Best suited transparent silicone sealer with no additives.

The stages of work

Diced pieces of glass must be pre-treated to erase the sharp edges with sandpaper. Cuts should be smooth, allowed difference of not more than 1-1,5 mm, otherwise it will be difficult to achieve air-tightness of joints. When grinding the sharp pieces of glass dust can enter the lungs, so through the process of sanding the edges you need in a protective mask. At home for work it is better to use the bathroom, constantly turned on the shower to quickly wash off the dust. After preparation details step by step the following steps occur:

  1. On one of the sides glued a strip of tape so that it went over the edge.
  2. On the sticky side of the tape carefully omit the second part, then both parts are raised and are formed at an angle with tape inside.
  3. With the tape going all four sides of the aquarium and placed vertically -you need to verify that the glass as is possible more densely adjoined to each other, and the sides were parallel.
  4. All joints are degreased with alcohol and promazyvaetsya adhesive-sealant in two layers — each layer is spread with a piece of paper so that the glue is not stained glass, it is recommended to glue the additional vertical strips of masking tape, which are removed after completion of the work.
  5. The glue is impossible to save, they should fill the joints completely — for better results it is better to use a special gun, which pushes the glue even portions; if the adhesive layer dense enough, further pressure may form in the water leakage of the joint.
  6. Over design fits the detail of the bottom of the aquarium, first in small drops of silicone, then when the evenness of joints checked, they also are degreased and promazyvaetsya with silicone.
  7. Vivariums left for a few hours to dry, then gently flip.
  8. Removed all the tape, if necessary wash off the traces, inner joints degreased.
  9. All seams promazyvaetsya with glue in two layers, then it is also allowed to dry.
  10. The aquarium is left to dry at least a day, and then collect water and leave for a few days to check for leaks. Usually occur in the corners — if it detects a leak, the water is drained, the joints dried with a hair dryer and coat with another layer of sealant.

Excess silicone after drying, carefully cut with a hobby knife. A large aquarium can be strengthened ribs of rigidity — it needs to be placed on the broad walls at the corners of the horizontal strips of glass or plastic with a width of 4cm From the top of the rim back down 3cm, fastening is made by means of glue. Further, these strips can be used as a support for a protective net or cap.

Video: creating the aquarium with her hands

Production of islet

Self boredout cherepashki for the red-eared terrapins needed a landfall in two ways. In the first case, the island's grains and flat pebbles set on the bottom. The stones must be washed and boiled, then put from them the semblance of hills. You can use the form of a grotto or arch in order to further decorate the aquaterrarium. The stones are fastened together with a small amount of sealant, the design leave to dry. The finished island was lowered into the water so that the upper portion protrude above the surface and the turtle was convenient to climb on it.

To make the island shelf using a piece of glass or plexiglass, also suitable durable plastic. To attach the strap perform a sequence of actions:

  1. On the walls of the aquarium made the mark at the correct height(the distance from the top of the wall should exceed the diameter of the adult shell turtles).
  2. The design is flipped on the side to which is attached a shelf, the glass surface is degreased.
  3. For fixing use adhesive sealant, shelf should be placed in the corner, relying at least on two sides, and can also install a shelf that will be attached to three sides.
  4. So the turtle was convenient to climb on the island, is the ladder strip of glass or plastic, which is attached to the shelf and rests on the bottom.
  5. On the surface of the ramp is glued pebbles and glass pellets to paws pet does not slip.

Shelf-island recommended to be pasted at the stage of Assembly of the aquarium. Sometimes for educational use sushi made ground — sand or pebbles. For this part of the aquarium is separated by a partition of the required height — the resulting capacity is filled with sand, in the rest of the typed water. The turtle exits the water to land on an inclined ramp. This method is not very convenient because of the difficulty cleaning vivariums with bulk soil.

Vivariums for turtles turtles with their hands
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