November 4, 2019

Turtle Aquariums

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There are many things that you should take into consideration when it comes to buying an aquarium for a turtle.

For starters, what type of turtle do you have or plan to have? What turtle necessities will you need in order to offer your particular pet a healthy, happy, and safe habitat to flourish within.

These are just a few of the questions that come into play when deciding on a home for your pet turtle.

Top 5: Turtle Aquarium Reviews

Tetra 55 Gallon Aquarium Kit with Fish Tank, Fish Net, Fish Food, Filter, Heater and Water Conditioners

The Tetra Aquarium is a 55 gallon tank kit that comes with several extras. It includes a 200 watt heater, a WPF 60 filter, plants, a fishnet, LED lighting, as well as Easy Balance Plus, TetraMin, and AquaSafe. The AquaSafe is used to condition the water within the tank. 


  • Comes with all that is needed for tank’s setup.
  • Good reviews by those who have personally used the tank.
  • Larger tank size allows for ease in keeping tank conditions managed and stable.


  • Filter is rather noisy.
Tetra Deluxe Aquatic Turtle Kit, 20-Gallon, 30 x 12 x 12-Inches

The second kit on the list is the Terra Deluxe Aquatic Turtle Kit. It is a 20 gallon tank that includes a ReptoFilter with three cartridges, a Turtle Terrace basking platform, a plant mat, and a screened lid with clips to lock it in place.

The ReptoFilter Is a three stage whisper system. It provides a cover to keep pets out of it while still giving them a place to bask. Also included with this kit are two dome lamps to allow light and heat to keep your aquarium pet happy and healthy. 


  • Great tank setup for starting out with a smaller sized turtle.
  • Includes all necessary essentials.


  • Tank is not suitable for larger sized turtles.
Marineland Contour Glass Aquarium Kit with Rail Light, 3-Gallon

The third tank on the list is the MarineLane Contour Glass Kit. It is a 3 gallon tank with curved glass and a rail LED light that has a three way switch. The light has the option to be blue only blue and white or off.

The kit includes a three stage filtration system that has an adjustable flow pump. The tank also includes a canopy that slides over the top making it easier to protect the water as well as help keep turtles safe. 


  • Lower priced tank kit.
  • LED lighting offers multiple settings.
  • Stylish look.


  • Tank is on the smaller side, making it less than the best option for a larger turtle.
Reptile Habitat,Turtle Habitat Terrapin Lake Reptile Aquarium Tank with Platform Plants (Blue)

Number 4 on the list is the Reptile Habitat. This is a unique Tink constructed in plastic that is both strong and durable.

The terrapin tank has a built in platform and a ramp that are perfect for giving a turtle a place to bask as needed. The tank also has a trough-like area to make feeding an easy task. 


  • Low price makes it extremely affordable.
  • Separates feeding area, swimming area, and basking area.
  • See through plastic allows for easy viewing from all angles.


  • Does not include any accessories, such as filter or lighting.
10 Gallon Aquarium Starter Kit Fish Reptile Turtle Habitat Tank Filter Lamp Lid

The next tank kit on the list is the Aqua Starter Kit. It has a 10 gallon aquatic reptile tank. Also included in the kit is a plastic platform for basking, an in tankfilter, and a clamp on the lamp.

The tank itself has a mesh metal cover to help keep the turtle safe in the tank. 


  • Perfect starter kit aquarium.
  • Popular brand that has well made products.
  • Price is affordable.


  • Tank is on the smaller size. An upgraded larger size would be needed as turtles grow.

Buying Guide

Buying an aquarium for a turtle is not something that should be a spur of the moment purchase. It is a decision that should be reached only after doing thorough research based upon your turtle’s specific needs.

Choosing your turtle is the first step, and this decision should be made after learning about different turtle species. This will help to determine which turtle species would fit best in your home, then allowing you to find the aquarium tank that will best give your newly chosen turtle it’s home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Let My Turtle out of It’s Tank?

While turtles can do just fine out of the tank home or even out of the water habitat, it is best to allow them to spend most of their time in their tanks. They can be quick to hide and are often hard to find once they have disappeared into their hiding spot. If you do decide to take your turtle out of it’s tank, for whatever reason, it is recommended you watch it closely at all times and keep it from areas where it could encounter any type of danger.

Does My Turtle Need a Heat Lamp?

Turtles are cold blooded which means they need heat to help regulate their body temperature. Because of this they need a heat lamp in their tank. The kind of heat lamp is determined by the type of turtle you might have however. Different species of turtles need different heat bulbs and the length of time they need to be under the heat lamp will vary.

Can My Turtle and Fish Live in the Same Tank?

Absolutely, turtles and fish can live in the same tanks. However there are certain conditions that will need to be met in order for this to happen while still keeping both the fish and turtle happy and healthy. For example, turtles will eat fish if they are smaller in size. Also, the tank would need to be large enough for both the fish and the turtle to have room to swim and also do what is necessary for them to survive. It is recommended that you still have a basking area for the turtle and provide any fish with an area to get away from the turtle if needed.

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