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Turtles need some info

Discussion in 'Reptiles & Amphibians' started by Wootness, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Wootness

    Wootness Good Dog

    Okay so I just acquired 4 turtles 3 of which are same breed 4th is different. they are all water turtles I am just wanted some basic info on them. Can I put fish in there with them if so what kinda I know they will eat goldfish but someone had mentioned guppies. I also want to put a sucker fish in there with them to help with keep tank clean. what about snails?
    Here are some pics sorry they are so bad I just used my normal camera

  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    I don't know....but they are cute:)
  3. Wootness

    Wootness Good Dog

    i am not sure on the cute part yet. last turtle I dealt with gave me semineloa(sp?)

    so am gonna see how this goes. I am just trying to help my friend out
  4. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    Turtles STINK and are horrifyingly dirty. You are going to HAVE to get a filter in there if you don't want to be changing the water and cleaning the tank every other day. There are commercial turtle chows that make a fine staple, then add some roughage a couple times a week, pretty much any leafy green veggie (NO ICEBURG) bits of carrots, apples, bananas, grapes, and what have you. I'll see if I can find you a good care sheet to print out.
    Before you get too comfy though...how big are they? Federal law prohibits the sale, and ownership of turtles with a carapace length less than 4 inches. They carry a high risk for salmonella.

    Edit: I know we're all used to talking about dogs, but turtles don't have different breeds...they're different species ;)

    edit, pt 2: This is long, but well worth the read. Has some great info!
    Red Eared Sliders - Care of Red Eared Sliders
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  5. Wootness

    Wootness Good Dog

    the red eared sliders,one is about 4inch and the other 2 are smaller. The 4th turtle is a different species.

    I have 2 filters. but gotta go get new filter liners to put in it.. They did not have a very nice habitat in their tank so I want to imrpove it. I read that the sliders like a nice soft bottom would you suggest me putting sand on the bottom or pebbles?
  6. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    Gravel would be fine. With sand, you run the risk of them ingesting it and becoming impacted. Make sure they have an area to get all the way out of the water, too.
  7. Wootness

    Wootness Good Dog

    okay thanks gala. how much water do they need in there tank?

    from what I read they need enoug to submerge?
  8. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    At least enough to submerge, enough to swim and forage in is better. They're designed to swim and dive for their food, and the more natural, the better! BTW, they're going to need a MUCH bigger tank before long. Sliders will reach 12 inches. You might even think about setting them up a pond outside when they get a little bigger. You can get koi pond set ups with liner and filters at home depot for pretty cheap, stock some koi and goldfish in it, ad some water lilies, and you have a turtle habitat AND an awesome chill spot :D
  9. PitPop82

    PitPop82 Big Dog

    That is a great idea.
  10. Wootness

    Wootness Good Dog

    that sounds awesome i have been wanting to do some serious gardening work in my yard so this could be a good project
  11. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Great advice from the "go to" person, Galadriel!! Gala, you rock!

    I had a neighbor once that had a huge pet turtle (it was probably illegal, I don't know), I remember she just to feed him/her carrots and grapes. He would come to you when you called him...lol
  12. Wootness

    Wootness Good Dog

    well hopefull they will not become permanent residents we are hoping our friend will be back up on his feet in the next 6 months but if not they are here to stay.
  13. chewbecca

    chewbecca Good Dog

    i LOVE turtles, but tortoises are more do-able for me to own since they require more land than water.

    But, yes, they tend to take a TON of space.
    But you'll fall in love because I SWEAR that turtles and tortoises HAVE TO BE the most personable reptiles.

    Last week I got up REAL early and I went to mist my redfoot tortoise's enclosure.
    I couldn't find him so I called his name. I heard this clicking/squeaking noise. So I called him again. He clicked and squeaked again.
    He did this 3-4 times until I finally uncovered him from the moss he was burrowed in (redfoots burrow in moss or soil when they're small).
    And they ARE trainable.
    I can get mine to come to me by tapping where I want him to go.
    SO CUTE!
    They're kind of like slow, reptilian dogs or something.:lol:
  14. Wootness

    Wootness Good Dog

    ya one of the turtles always come to the glass and will follow me around the tank and just stare at me
  15. Koley

    Koley Little Dog

    The 4th looks like a painted turtle from the pics. All turtles require uv lighting and a haul out (a piece of land above the water to dry out) there should be a heat lamp over the haul out as well that will bring the temp to around 90 degrees, water temp can be from mid 70s to 80s. Aquatic turtles of all species are omnivores (eat both plant and animal matter) prewarned no fish are safe as far as a "sucker fish" get a large pleco atleast 2 to 3x their size (mine have killed off 3 till they settled on leaving my last one alone keeping them well feed will help on keeping the pleco safe) also gold fish are poor nutrition if your going to feed fish feed minnows (or rosy reds) or mollies. Main diet should be pellets made for aquatic turtles. As a secondary diet you can feed most aquatic plants and fish they also will eat snails and shrimp nothing that moves is safe lol. An awesome filter is a must along with weekly water changes. Also IMHO leave the bottom of the tank empty, gravel will be accidently eaten and can cause impaction and any substrate will hold debris it’s easier to keep clean with out.

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