Viquarium® Kit

Tetrafauna Viquarium Kit for turtles
Product No. 25931
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Featuring ReptoFilter Whisper® fitration technology

One-of-a-kind, innovative "land and water" environment, combining decoration and top-of-theline fitration. Fits most 20- to 55-gallon aquariums. Realistic waterfall and riverbed basking area. 80-GPH submersible pump powers waterfall and provides all the power needed for the built-in 3-stage Whisper® filtration technology. Uses two medium ReptoFilter cartridges.
Viquarium® Kit is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Use in Turtle Aquarium How to 'Pump it Up' for better filtration and the size you need to cut the acrylic - 12 years experience I have owned turtle aquariums for over 12 years. I LOVE the vivarium and currently run it in a 75g W and 2, 40g W aquariums. Here are a few pointers that some of the users on here need to realize: for each 1" of turtle shell, you need to have 10g minimum of filtration, and where this is a beautiful filter to use in your aquarium it is simply not big enough on it's own to filter more than 1 turtle in a 20 gallon, no matter how much you try to keep it clean, it just won't cut it, and it is of no fault of the company, that is exactly what it is meant to do! HOWEVER, if you love the look of this as much as I do, here is my recommendation and a hack to use this gorgeous filter AND keep a clean tank!First: Set up your vivarium filter. (In wide tanks, you will need acrylic inserts which you can buy for very cheap online, ($4 each! cut to your customize size. (In a 40w and 75W you need cut acrylic that is 3/8" x, 6 1/4" x 3 1/4")Second: Put a canister filter to the appropriate size required for your turtles, again 1" shell = 10g to 20g filtration, for my 40W (also called a breeder tank), I use a 120g canister filter, and have perfect water. 75W I use a 200g. If you choose NOT to drill holes with bulkheads (I use that in 1 tank WITH my Vivarium filter), than you can hack it by drilling a hole down through the lid on the top of the vivarium, insert the INTAKE hose through this hole and then attach a ring on both sides, so it can not slip out, push the intake hose all the way to the bottom of the back section of the vivarium. DO NOT leave it open so the hose can sit in there, as turtles like to climb they will likely fall in and drown! A regular drill bit will drill through it just fine.Third: Take the OUTPUT hose from your canister filter and attach it to the top opposite side of the tank with the spray bar facing the glass, this will create a cascade waterfall on the opposite side of the tank which will push water towards your vivarium filter and the intake hose.Essentially what you just did was increase the filter capabilities of your vivarium while keeping the beautiful set up. DO NOT SET THE OUTPUT HOSE UP TO PUSH WATER DOWN THE WATERFALL, if you do this, though it is logical, you will create a waterfall that WILL and can drown your turtles as well as keeping them from climbing up your waterfall, further, it will actually keep your tank from being cleaned by creating only a circular filtration happening inside the back of your vivarium filter.So, don't give up on your Vivarium because you are using it for something bigger than it is good for, just pump it up with a canister filter, keep the beauty, the fun for your turtles, and the clean water! I will always use these gorgeous filters, and I hope this helps you to keep yours!(attached is a photo of my 75W, it needs cleaned, but I wanted to show you how to hack it, this specific tank has the hole drilled through the tank and in to the lower part of the Vivariums back tower. (Please do not attempt to do that specific hack at home). The 40g breeders are currently being cleaned so I could not take a photo of that for you, those have the hose going through the top of the lid.)
Date published: 2016-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from i would recommend it for small tanks not for 40 gallon tank yes, the product has it's prettyness, filter is not for big tanks, maybe for 20 gallon. i brought a 40 gallon breeder tank for my 2 turles, waiting 4 days and water was very murky did not clear at all. i'll keep it for it's rock looking feature and the turtles love to climb and bask, but not good with filteration, had to add the Fluval 106, water cleared overnight.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Primarily a response to the two previous reviews I simply wanted to let anyone interested in this kit to disregard the two negative reviews. These people have obviously never taken proper care of a terrarium or an aquarium. I have had this set up in a 55 gallon tank with every sort of south Louisiana swamp critter. I've made custom vivacious in the past and although they will usually suit the builder more, this kit is great for being prefabricated. It uses filters and equipment that are readily available and inexpensive. Any problem areas can be fixed with a little bit of common sense and intelligent thought. As for the two previous reviews, it's been my experience that if an individual can't properly spell or use the English language then there input is generally worthless. This kit can't be beat for a 100$.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a FILTER !!! this should not be listed a filter. after setting it up and buying all new rocks it didnt look like it would work as a filter and after a week i am now cleaning the tank all over again and the rocks smell . plus i had to go out and buy another filter .. the only thing that filters the water is the rocks that you put in front of comer piece that has the pump in it. the part that has the filter cartridges in it does nothing its just standing water not sure why they say put filters in when it has no way push water through the cartridges . for me it seemed like a wast of money and time . only good thing about it is the turtles like land part it makes but this can be done for less then a $100...
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ggiyfhv the turtles the i have need a filter because the water get ugy fast
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tetra Viquarium The viquarium fit perfect in my 50Gal tank. It has spawned a lot of interest of my family. Before this viquarium kit i had a 501 filter from PetsMart, My wife did not like changing the filters and every time the power went out the pump had to be primed.With the viquarium kit my wife can just reach in and remove the filter tops and swap in new elements. If the power fails the pump does not need to be primed due to the fact that is is submerged in the tank under a nice looking directive rock.The river rock portion of the filter system is not just a clunky box sitting arear of my aquarium, Its now part of the display of my habitat I can plant vegetation in it and recover nutrients from the waste collected from the water.I gave this product 4 stars do to the fact I feel they should add the option to buy parts, IE New pumps, River bed extensions, or Remote water fall for the tank side of the habitat. I can see that this project will gently grow with our green friend and I will end up with some DIY to make this product fit a larger tank.
Date published: 2011-07-11
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Even though it fits most 20 to 55 tanks what about ir there are different 20 to 55 sizes so i wandered what the dimentions were.

Asked by: Fin381
It is 18" L x 12" W.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-23

Where can i find parts, need the molding that went to side of filers between plastic and glass

Asked by: Valen
We do not sell parts separately for this item. You would need to give us a call at 1-800-526-0650 and we could pull some from the warehouse.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-23

i have one of the viquarium in a 60 gal tank i want to put one on the other side i now realize the river flows only one direction i dont suppose you make a river section that curves the other way?

Asked by: bmiller
It can actually curve either way, depending on what corner you place it in. It does not flow just one direction. The long river bed can be attached to the waterfall from either end, allowing a left or right turn to it.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-06-03

I have gotten mine as a gift from family member (witch they got from amazon) and I put it together and the pump chamber was broken It has a large crack were it is put in to the corner of the tank and it has a small crack in side of it. What could I do?

Asked by: Addy
It would need to be replaced. Please call our toll free number directly, for assistance. 1-800-526-0650.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-05-31

Will this fit in a 75-90 gallon tank, using it mostly for decor for a pink belly sideneck.

Asked by: Yob2005
Your tank will be wider than the Viquarium, however, you could slope gravel on one side, and/or use slate or other rock, to build a wall, instead of using the divider.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-04-26

Will this fit in a 10 gallon aquarium?? If not could you recomend one that does? Thank you

I'm looking for a waterfall for a 10 gallon aquarium for a turtle.
Asked by: kkw0211
Unfortunately, no, it is a bit too large for a 10 gallon tank. The smallest size tank we recommend for this product is the 20 gallon long tank. That is also the smallest size recommended for most aquatic or semi-aquatic turtles.I would recommend the Decorative Reptofilter for your 10 gallon tank. This will allow you to have a waterfall, and it takes two cartridges, so it will keep the tank clean at the same time. Please keep in mind that turtles require 10 gallons of water per inch of shell diameter.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-02-18

recommended live plants

Can you please recommend any live plants that will do well on the land side, preferably some sort of ground cover like a species of moss?
Asked by: chosen2030
This is not my area of expertise but I have heard of mood moss, and sheet moss. There is another kind, sold through DIY stores, but for the life of me, I cannot think of the name of it. It is not sphagnum moss, it's something else. In any case, as far as plants, that depends on what type of animal you are intending on keeping. Here is a site I think will help you tremendously: http://www.joshsfrogs.com/. They have links to plants depending on species of animal you are keeping. Ferns and pothos come to mine for me, but this site has many more varieties. Good luck.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-02-01

Where do I get a replacement pump

My pump has died for this unit. My turtle loves it so I am not looking to get rid of it. I am having trouble finding a replacement pump.
Asked by: Adnyl
In most cases, it is not dead; it simply needs cleaning. I will email instructions to you on how to open and clean it. If you do find you need a new pump, it would be the SP 75 or SP 140 pump. Both are statuary pumps sold through garden centers, both will fit. If you do not have a local store with them, some good sites are www.pondparts.com and www.123ponds.com.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-01-28
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