Zoo Med Turtle Tub Kit TT-40K
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Zoo Med's TurtleTub® replicates the natural "pond" environment that aquatic turtles (in the wild) live in, resulting in less animal stress.
Features: A built in land / water area. Large land area allows natural basking and egg laying behavior.
Lightweight and easy to clean.
The TurtleTub® is available separately or as a complete kit.
Made in the USA from 100% recycled materials.
The Kit Contains the Following Items
Reptile Lamp Stand Large
Power Sun UV 100 Watt
Mini Deep Dome Fixture
501 Turtle Clean Filter
Eco Earth Loose 8qt
Forest Floor 8qt
Natural Bush Plant
TUB SIZE: 39"L x 21"W x 16"D.
99 x 53 x 40cm
Product SKU: XXTZR140
Product Barcode: 00097612091410
Manufacturer Ref: TT-40k
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Zoo Med introduced the first American reptile vitamin in 1982 and never looked back!
Today the company holds 8 reptile product patents and 9 aquatic product patents in the USA and internationally with more pending.
Zoo Med's greatest accomplishment has been the invention of UVB lighting for reptiles, which took place in 1993 and became the standard the world over for Zoos, Veterinarians and the reptile hobbyist.
The current range includes products for reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.
1977 - 19 year old Gary Bagnall and college friend Mark Lemke start a reptile company out of a one car garage. Located in Costa Mesa, California, the company is called “In Cold Blood”.
1978 - Gary teams up with accomplished Elaphe breeder Lloyd Lemke and the name is changed to “Orange County Zoological”.
1979 - Gary starts California Zoological Supply (”Cal Zoo”) and travels to Honduras, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, and Western Samoa in search of reptiles. Cal Zoo was the first company in the U.S. to bring in Uromastyx aegyptius, Pacific island boas and the original 4 Albino Columbian Red-Tailed Boas. Today over 50% of the reptiles and amphibians sold from Cal Zoo are captive raised from private breeders in the U.S. Cal Zoo is now owned by Tyrone Dillon.
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Zoomed Turtle Tub Good, but not perfect
I purchased the Zoomed Turtle Tub at Christmas 2013. I've kept two turtles for over 10 years now and there's one thing I know is that Turtles are messy. While this kit is good its not perfect in my opinion.
-First off the tub itself is great to house two turtles comfortably. I wouldn't recommend more then that due to the amount of waste they produce. Its spacious enough for them to swim around and bask comfortably. They seem to be more at home then any tank I've had them in.
-The Zoomed Powersun UVA/UVB light, dome and stand are perfect for the tub. It was very easy to set up and sturdy. It's convenient to use and its nice to only use one light as the Powersun light provides essential UVA, UVB and basking heat all in one. Although it is rather expensive if it burns out or gets damaged so be careful with it & save your box and receipt for the one year warranty.
-The 501 Filter I was not happy with. I found it didn't quite measure up. It seemed to get air bubbles from time to time making gurgling noises. It also didn't seem to filter the water properly and would loose suction after a few days of use. I had to end up putting in a Fluval U4 underwater filter just so I wouldn't have to clean it fully once a week. The Fluval works much better. I feel any quality submersible or canister filter will work well in the Turtle Tub.
-Now the biggest problem, the subtrate they recommened you lay down in the basking area. DO NOT USE THIS (unless your turtle is planning on laying eggs which I believe is the purpose of subtrate). The reason why is that every time the turtle comes down from the basking area he/she will take parts of it into the water with him, which will discolor the water and make a mess. Over time this makes your job harder keeping the water clean. Also if water gets into the subtrate which it did for me you will wish you had a toxic waste team to clean it up. It smells awful and is very difficult to clean up. I would highly recommend using large polished rocks to fill that area or a few bricks with flat rock layed over top. Something that you will be able to remove easily when it comes time for a deep clean. If water gets into that area it will be much easier to clean up. You can purchase a large bag at most pet stores or look around construction sites or even in nature.
-The last thing, the kit does not come with a heater or thermometer. I think they should add it to make it a complete kit, but you will have to purchase them both.
Overall I like the tub. If Zoomed made a few corrections they would have a near perfect product. Hopefully this helps anyone thinking of purchasing this. Turtles are wonderful to have around and deserve the best in their living arrangement.
paul citulski on 23rd February 2014 at 15:40