Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Well eventually he will probably out grow the tank. Minimum I would recommend is a 40 gallon, 60 gallon would be best.
No he definitely isnt going to drown. They can stay under water for quite along time, and like people, if they run out of air, they are smart enough to come up for it. :)
Put the food in the water. They eat under the water, it goes down easier. But they are messy, so you will probably need a filter, or do often water changes.
You could feed him in a seperate tank, it would definitely save a lot of clean up.
For under the water, you can use a bare bottom. I reccomend this as it makes clean up WAY easier!
Rocks or logs make best places for them to bask and dry off, but in the pet stor you can get "turtle docks" which work just as well. You can add some fake plants for decoration if you want, and a water heater to keep it at about 78F. Basically I wouldnt use live plants because the turtle will dig them up, but everything else is out of preferance really.
The basking lamp should be enough for it yes.
Like I said before, you can get osme feeder guppies to give the tank some movement, and also the turtle some excersize.
I will be getting a painted turtle myself in the coming weekend, and I've owned one in the past. Really awsome pets :)
Anything else, just ask away