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What type of turtle is this

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by Cheryl Hills, Jan 30, 2019.

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  1. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I'm not really a water turtle person, but my 2 cents about filters is to get a canister filter. The canister sits outside the aquarium and suck water through a pipe into the filter, then back out into the aquarium. They work much better plus faster than the type you have there.

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    my opinion is , if you have gravel , an undergravel filter is something you might consider …… pull the water through the gravel with a canister filter , you can discharge the water back into the aquarium through a bucket of filter media , root some plants in the aquarium and the tank will be pretty much maintenance free for years ………..

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  3. Cheryl Hills

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    I like this idea. I used to set up my fish tanks with the under gravel system. I will have to see if I can find one for a 60 gal aquarium. As he gets bigger, I have a,I think it is, 150 gal aquarium. Don’t know if it holds water yet but I will find out later. It was used for a ball python but now he is in a smaller setup. It was too big for him.
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  4. Cheryl Hills

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    I will look into one of these. This was an emergency set up. I will improve on it later on. Just had to get him in a proper enclosure. He seems to like it and is eating.
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    Water has cleared and, he is basking. He has a few scutes that appear messed up. Do they shed there scutes?
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    Yes they do.
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    Yeah I thought it was a Peninsular Cooter!
    I had one called Mrs. Toots.
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    Ok, here is my next question. What is best to feed him and how often? He seems to be settling in pretty good. Weighs 129 grams. I have some pellets, Tetra ReptoMin, which has the staple diet, baby shrimp and mini krill. He is eating it some. I just don’t know how much and how often I should feed him.
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    I feed once a day, about as many pellets as you could fit into the size of his head. Like 5-6 would probably be enough. I also float various greens for them to munch on about 3-4 times a week.
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    I feed lots of turtles and the koi and bluegill eat the same food. I use a mix of Mazuri Koi platinum and Mazuri Aquatic turtle diet. I actually think the Koi pellets are better for the Pseudemys as they get so vegetarian as they age and it contains spirulina algae which I believe helps develop better colors in the turtle(and Koi)

    I feed once a day if its just turtles in a tank. Because of the koi, I feed in the pond 3 times a day or so if the water is above 60°f I always judge in all cases by the amount of food that will dissappear in 5 minutes. If there is still uneaten food after 5 minutes - I decrease the amount.
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    He looks so much better now! 126 grams, eating pellet food but will not touch greens right now. His name is Cooter.


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    A handsome beastie, indeed!! :<3:
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    Thank you. He is eating like a monster now!. To think, when he was brought to me, he was so cold, eyes half open and not interested in anything. I think he will make a great addition. My first water turtle since I was a kid.
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    Well, I have had this little turtle for about two weeks. He already comes to the front glass, when he sees us, scratching like mad. Here he is basking. He eats more then some of my other torts. Always at the glass, looking for food. If I increase what I give him, some settles at the bottom but I have only seen him one time eating from the bottom. Cooter is coming along quite nicely.

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    Cooter looks like a happy turtle! He's coming along quite well. :D
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    I swear I see him smiling. And he looks like he’s grown already which has got to be my imagination but still.
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    He has grown. I will weigh him on monday
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    Awwww he’s so cute! For foods, most picky-green-eaters go for duckweed. It’s not the most nutritious, but it it will give him some natural activity. You can also put guppies or ghost shrimp in for him to chase around.
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    BEAUTIFUL markings on his skin!!!:):<3::<3::<3:
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