Zilla® Deluxe Aquatic Turtle Kit
I bought this kit many years ago for a slider that my little sister brought home from a summer vacation trip. I was completely new to turtle care so luckily this kit had it all. At the time though, it only came with one basking lamp, which worked fine anyway. You can only fill the tank halfway up with water due to the side being open for the filter, but it still leaves plenty of swimming room for a young turtle or a couple baby turtles. The filter worked just fine and the tank looked great in my dining room. Would definitely recommend to anyone that doesn't have the room for a huge aquarium for their turtle.
November 20, 2014
Good, but not great.
I've had my Red Ear Slider turtle for about nine years now - and after his fifty gallon tank broke during a move, my beloved Shakespeare was rendered confined to the only other emergency water-holding device we had - a tote. I went into Petsmart looking for something affordable yet large enough to accommodate my pet, and ended up purchasing this kit.
While the tank is fine, I am disappointed in the amount of water it can actually hold - with the hole cut for the filter, it's barely enough to cover Shakespeare's back, much less for him to have from to swim in. The filter cannot physically accommodate the filth a turtle produces, and has ultimately, all but failed its purpose of keeping the take clean and has to be cleaned weekly, less the water look like sewage. I'm sad to say the basking platform is very cheaply made, and after one wash of the tank, broke quite easily.
This would be a fabulous tank for a smaller turtle (one that could easily fit into one hand), but is not suited to both Shakespeare's and my own needs, as Shakespeare is a decent-sized beast, ranking in at about 12 inches long and six inches wide.
However, I'd happily reuse this tank if I ever purchased a baby or juvenile turtle, as long as I purchased a new filter, of course.
November 3, 2014
Awesome kit, but the basking platform is breakable
I liked this kit, but when I cleaned the tank, the basking platform broke.
October 24, 2014
what a value added product
we had searched all the local pet stores for a habitat for our red ear slider turtles, no one had a complete kit available until we looked at Petsmart and this is the end all of all habitats. It has plenty of room for the turtles to grow, lighting to aid in their basking abilities, filter for clean water, you don't need anything else but a turtle or two, which Petsmart offers at very reasonable prices ( we paid way more for ours than Petsmart charges for their's ) so learn from my mistake.
April 15, 2014