Finding the ideal turtle cage or turtle tank is easy with Custom Cages.
For over 20 years, we’ve helped enthusiasts like you create the best homes for their turtles.
Our experts can help you pick the correct tank size, materials, filtration, and accessories.
Custom Turtle Tanks For Any Enthusiast
Our turtle cages offer more viewing area than almost any other reptile system. They’re also custom-made to meet your needs.
You decide on the height, length, depth, and the habitat’s land-to-water ratio. We make most of our units with glass and wood stands that come in colors such as:
- Black Granite
- Natural Granite
- Cambridge Cherry
- English Oak
- Golden Oak
- Prestige Maple
In most turtle tanks, the bottom portion is filled with water. Plus, a filtration/backflow system, like the Seamless Sump® and Siphon Stopper® are installed to help with water cleanliness.
After customizing your turtle cage, we’ll recommend the accessories that would go well in the habitat.
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Turtle Cage Setup Advice
A turtle cage should be 20 gallons per young turtle and 40 gallons for adult turtles. These sizes ensure that your turtle has the right amount of space to be happy.
Fill the Tank With Water
Turtles need a decent amount of water in order to swim.
The water needs to be at least twice as deep as the turtle’s length. For example, if you have a 3″ turtle you should provide at least 6-7″ of water.
You must also provide an area of dry land for your pet to get out of the water.
Having a basking area for your turtle will help it dry off from swimming.
Create a basking spot by stacking rocks, making a slope on one side of the cage, or purchasing a turtle dock. These are normally wood or plastic and make a great area for your turtle to bask in.
No matter what material you choose, be sure that your turtle can fit its whole body on it with at least a little room to move.
Cage decorations are important, but avoid cluttering the cage because turtles tend to push items over as they move around their tank.
You may also want to add plants and flowers, but your turtle will likely try to eat them.
The best decorations for a turtle cage are items like large rocks, stones, and driftwood. Make sure any driftwood is specifically made for a turtle’s cage so your pet doesn’t get sick from unnatural ingredients.
The appropriate temperature of the water is 74°-78°F, while the basking spot should be between 90°-95°F.
You can achieve the basking temperature with a basking spotlight over the area. Use a reptile lamp for the basking area to keep your turtle warm and dry. But, make sure that your turtle can’t touch the light or fall directly into the water. Use a thermometer to help you track the temperature of the area.
Finally, turn the basking light off at night and let the temperature drop to around 60°F.
If required, you can use a water heater to maintain its temperature. If you use a water heater, make sure to check it regularly so it’s not overheating. Do this by placing something heavy behind it like a rock or covering it with sturdy material.
Cleaning the Cage
Your cage should have a water filtration system to keep the water clean.
A rule of thumb is to get a filter that’s designed for more than the water you have in the tank.
Turtles are very messy, and the right filtration system will reduce the time needed to change the tank water.
As far as cleaning frequency, consider changing the water at least twice a month.
About Custom Cages
We have a team of experienced staff who are experts in the caging industry.
We strive to always make ourselves available to our customers, so if you have a question about selecting, designing, or ordering your turtle tank, give us a call and we’ll do all we can to help!