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  1. crimson_lotus

    Shell swinging behavior

    this turtle doesn't seem to mind:
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    Coco coir mold

    I have never had coco coir mold, and I have been using it for years. Are you sure something in it wasn't molding? Old food, poop, plant remnants?
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    What is your favorite filter?

    I have had both eheim and fluval 306/406 canister filters, and I have to say fluval is my favorite. I actually reverted back to the fluval after using the eheim for a while. I only have a 40g and my turtle is about 4 inches long fully grown, but I was told to get a filter with 2x the power due...
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    Unexpected Redfoot Tortoise

    I managed to get both of my turtles in a similar way, it's sad as usually they are handed to you with irreparable damage. 1 and 3 sounds like metabolic bone disease, which means they probably did not use a UV bulb at all. If you can provide pictures of the tortoise, it's very easy to confirm...
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    Redfoot Tortoise Enclosure Build - Radiant Heat Panels vs CHE's, and Acrylic questions

    Thanks for your input - my enclosure is lacking in insulation, however the room I am putting it in will be a few degrees warmer than where the enclosure is now. I think minus the insulation, perhaps the 2 160w RHP on each end might be sufficient. Will ask the company (looking at RBI) and see...
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    Redfoot Tortoise Enclosure Build - Radiant Heat Panels vs CHE's, and Acrylic questions

    I currently have a 4x4 enclosure with 2 x 100w CHE's that just barely meets the heat requirements of 80 degrees at the coldest spots - sometimes dipping to 75 or 70 if it's around 10 degrees outside. The room she is in is unfortunately affected by outside temperatures as it is right above the...
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    Indoor Enclosures for Adult Redfoot?

    I am currently having an indoor enclosure made for my redfoot. Disassembling and fitting through the door (most are 28 inches wide, I believe) were also my priority. What we ended up doing was a 3 piece that fit together to form a 4 x 8 enclosure with a balcony. Once the enclosure is complete, I...
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    Stange stuff under scutes

    Judging by your explanation, it doesn't sound like a burn/infection - but just in case it is, I can tell you that I used betadine and ssd (silver sulfadiazine) prescribed by my vet daily to clean off the area where there was shell damage and puss. Attaching a picture of my turtles shell which...
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    Was given a tortoise, can anyone identify its species?

    As Toddrick said, the shell looks like MBD. UV lighting will be crucial for this guy.
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    Good protein for Red Foots?

    Just to add additional protein - my turtles love boiled chicken and canned sardines.
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    Water Turtle's eye (top half) is red and puffy

    The eyes are calming down now after the eyedrops, water change/filter cleaning, and light change
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    Water Turtle's eye (top half) is red and puffy

    Today's pictures are attached. Must be super uncomfortable for him.
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    Water Turtle's eye (top half) is red and puffy

    Thank you so much for this thorough response, I really appreciate it! May I ask, if you do not use MVB's, what would you recommend? I could get a UV strip light, but I thought they enjoyed basking in the heat so I opted for the MVB. For the vitamin A deficiency, he has had this issue when I...
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    egyption tortoise Closes eyes & sometime tears

    Hi there, Would it be possible to show a picture or two of the enclosure? Eye issues can be from a variety of reasons, so it's hard to tell. Could be a respiratory infection, or (I am not familiar with Egyptians but..) maybe low humidity?
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    Water Turtle's eye (top half) is red and puffy

    Thank you! I was busy today picking up some turtle eye drops and buying a Powersun MVB to get rid of the potential issue. His filter and water was cleaned as well to prevent possible infection, and I put neosporin on the brows where I could see some shedding that looked like maybe a sunburn...
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    Water Turtle's eye (top half) is red and puffy

    New light: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CRJXJZ4/?tag=exoticpetnetw-20
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    Water Turtle's eye (top half) is red and puffy

    I've noticed my water turtle's eyes, only the top of them, have become gradually red and puffy over the past week. Now, I did buy him a new basking light last week (MVB, not coil) with the same wattage as the light he already had (100w) at the same distance to the basking spot. Even so, perhaps...
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    New to tortoises please help!

    Where are you located to give us more of an idea what your climate is like? Redfoots or Cherryheads are not good options if you cannot keep them warm 24/7. Unfortunately I am also pretty sure Greeks do hibernate, but perhaps someone can confirm or deny this with more certainty. The relatively...
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    Is this shell rot?

    in that case I agree with zero and wouldn't worry!
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