||Aquatic turtle substrate is ready-to-use - no rinsing needed
||Contains calcium for healthier bones and shell
||Gravel contains beneficial bacteria to help with cycling and clarifier to help with water cloudiness
Ready-to-use aquatic turtle substrates take the guesswork out of starting an aquatic turtle environment. Hassle-free gravel require no rinsing - simply add tap water. Dry substrate includes a package of beneficial bacteria to aid in cycling, water conditioners to remove chlorine and chloramines, and clarifier to help clear initial cloudiness. Also provides pH support to prevent water from becoming too acidic, and has superior enhanced surface area to help support water purifying bacteria. Larger substrate size helps prevent accidental ingestion and work with under gravel filters. Plus, substrate creates a natural biological balance to help suppress bacterial blooms and is buffered to keep water cleaner for longer. Contains calcium for healthier bones and shell and has no artificial dyes or paints to flake off. One 10 pound bag is enough to treat 10 gallons of water.
- Place Total Turtle Substrate into the bottom of your empty aquarium. Now place in decorations, rocks, etc. and just fill the aquarium with tap water.
- With scissors, cut open the enclosed packets and mix into aquarium water. These packets will condition 5 to 10 gallons of water, removing and detoxifying compounds such chloramines, chlorine, ammonia, and heavy metals. These packets also introduce a protective slime coat to reduce stress. You will also be adding beneficial, waste reducing bacteria to begin cycling your aquarium immediately.
- Float living plants still in the bags in which they were purchased in the aquarium for temperature acclimation.
- Run all filters and pumps for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, it is safe to introduce your living plants into the aquarium. Some cloudiness may persist for up to several hours. Allow up to 24 hours for crystal clear water.
Special Gravel Vacuuming Instructions
Total Turtle Substrate stays cleaner than gravel so vacuuming may be unnecessary. If you must use a gravel vacuum, following standard vacuum instructions may accidently remove some sand grains. To vacuum Total Turtle Substrate, gently rotate (in small circles) the mouth of the vacuum over the surface of the sand bed (do not plunge into the bed) to lift and remove detritus.