Exo Terra Turtle Pebbles, Large


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Exo Terra turtle pebbles are smooth river pebbles that have rounded over time in fast moving rivers. The smooth pebbles prevent injury to bottom dwelling or foraging turtles. The variations of colours and patterns create a natural looking riverbed. Round pebbles 5/9-inch to 5/8-inch, perfect for turtles with a shell diameter of 4-inch or more. Easy to clean and re-use. Soak and disinfect pebbles by placing them in a large bucket of water for 15 minutes. Rinse until all of the visible particles are removed and the water runs clean. Comes in pack of 2. Available in 10-pound plastic pack with large size.

  • The smooth pebbles prevent injury to bottom dwelling or foraging turtles
  • The variations of colours and patterns create a natural looking riverbed
  • Round pebbles 0.3-0.4-inch, perfect for turtles with a shell diameter of 4-inch or less
  • Available in 10-pound plastic pack with large size

Here is my largest fishtank/aquarium. I have 4, this one used to be a custom built seawater tank with a sump underneath in the cabinet. It is about half a cubic metre in capacity, or perhaps 140 gallons or so.

I converted it from seawater to freshwater. There was a sheet of glass at the right hand side at an angle housing some live rock and a pipe leading the water down into the sump, which was then filtered, more live rock and pumped back in to the top. When I converted to freshwater, I removed the small sheet of glass covering the upper level of live rock and pipe as well as the sump and equipment from below, but was left with the problem of organising the filtration and making it look nice without seeing any filtration equipment at all, even at the back behind the aquarium. In the end, what I did was buy a granite spike, approximately 80cm long and cut it not quite in half. I then drilled a 56mm hole right through the centre of the larger piece and fed the pipe all the way through it and left about 10 cm at the bottom, which would then go through the hole in the bottom of the glass and the top of the cabinet which had already housed the drain pipe from the previous installation. In fact the hole had to be drilled from both ends, since the drill wasn't long enough. Getting the holes to meet in the middle was not quite as hard as getting the two drills that dug the channel tunnel to meet, but it was a feat in itself! I then secured the bigger piece of rock with the pipe in it and waterproofed it into the hole with foam underneath. The smaller part of the spike I put next to it, reminiscent to me of pinnacle diving in Saba (I have been a few times, of course, this is way smaller and not volcanic!) I had wanted the tank to appear like a saltwater tank originally, so I used the quartz sand from a swimming pool filter (even better than the sand you buy for aquariums - it is totally clean and has no dust in it at all) and laid that on the bottom and an old broken amphora from a previous display made the house for the fire eels I had also elected to keep with it. The freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygon Motoro, or ocellate river stingray) were elected to make the scene look more marine in nature.

As time went on, it became clear the tank needed more and a few other animals were added, in particular the Arowana, a famous large carnivorous fish, was added to make the top more interesting. Currently he eats live crickets, but I don't relish the idea of feeding him other live prey as he gets bigger, but I will cross that bridge if I have to. Some lively snakefish, or reedfish also caught my eye and were added, since they look a little like a snake swimming through sea. There is also a knifefish, although he hides a lot and a couple of plecos who you never see pretty much, since they blend into the granite well. Broken pieces of the granite drilling core are also used in the display, as you can see. The tank is given a 10-15% water change twice a week with water from my own private well, which is pretty much perfect pure water. No additives at all in that water. One change the aquarium is given a clean glass scrub and gravel vacuum beforehand, the other one is just a straight water change. I have automated the bubble maker and a pump which moves the water around effectively with a remote control on separate buttons, since I don't want these on all the time, or even on a timer, but currently these make the fish a bit nervous when turned on, as you can plainly see. The other buttons operate lights in other fish tanks when they are not being timed. I have digital timer automation on the lights and an Eheim heated external filter, but my attempts to video this were somewhat poor and the focus and lighting fail to show the detail.

The sump from the marine enclosure, which was now not needed was still good and watertight, so it became a fishtank for my little boy to house a couple of catfish that were accidently supplied to us with the rays. I will perhaps do a video of that another time. I have two further tanks, one is a lovely nano tank with quite a few tiny colourful fish and a couple of shrimp that were also accidently supplied to us with other items. I also have a couple of blue lobsters in my bathroom in another 150 litre or so tank.

Small print : I have noticed people get all hot under the collar and quite rude about their hobbies and protecting their opinions. There are those, I read, who think fish shouldn't be kept at all and others who relish in feeding live animals to them. I don't want to take sides or offer my opinions, since opinions are in huge supply now on the internet. Please keep comments untrollish and try not to anger each other with opinions and rants!
Video Rating: 5 / 5