Acceptable substrate for a RES

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Avarice29

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Its been a while since my last post on, I do keep up with threads .. anyways

Is there any acceptable substrate for an RES in a 20 gal tank
I have two small ones, like fit in my palm small lol... and theyre poop machines but since I dont have any substrate, does anyone recommend one or should I keep it as is without any?

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I find it much easier to not have substrate in water turtles' tanks...however, my water turtles are of the rescued-soon-to-be-adopted-out variety, so ease of keeping is what I'm striving for.

RES like to eat pebbles and small rocks, so if you truly want substrate, I'd suggest something too big to fit in the turtles' mouths.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I was also thinking about sand, but the risk for impaction isnt worth it..
Guess my little guys won't have any substrate but its for their safety

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I just took all the rocks out of my res tank, stated with gravel, they ate it. then went to large river rocks...poop got stuck underneath real quick. Now i put a black paper under the glass and left it bare, way easier to clean and they wont die from compaction.
 
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