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Old 08-20-2017, 01:08 AM   #1
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Hi guys, one of my moms coworkers is was trying to give away her turtle tank (for free!). But anyways its a 55 gallon tank I think, and shes giving away the filter and everything in it plus the turtle. Im not sure what species of turtle it is but i will send pictures soon.
But can you guys give some advice for keeping turtles, and i have a few questions
1. Do they need conditioned water, and if so would regular fishtank conditioner work?
2. How often would i need to clean the tank?
3. How much to feed him? (I know i would need to show the size of it but i dont have a picture yet) and also i know you shouldnt feed them in tank cause it will make the filter and tank very dirty.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:48 PM   #2
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If you can get a 20 gal garbage can with lid. use your tap water.

Fill the garbage can and use that set water for your water changes.

I always use a air stone and small airpump to keep the water from stagnating. But that's just me.

For feeding out side of his tank. Get a plastic tub High enough that he cant climb out of.

Fill it with water just enough to cover the top of his shell.

I prefer feeding round turtle pellets. The size of the pellet to use depends on the size of the turtle.

I also feed my turtles cut up silversides fish. raw shrimp with out the shell. crayfish , green frogs and bullfrog tadpoles.

They also have to have greens . My turtles love young water hyathens.

You also need to keep a natural cuttlebone in his tank. This is for his shell. He will eat it as he needs it.

If you buy a medium cuttle bone just break it in half and feed it half at a time.

Natural cuttle bone gives him the calcium for his shell development.
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Okay thank you so much, what is a good source of cuttlebone?
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And also its a red eared slider i think
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Okay thank you so much, what is a good source of cuttlebone?
You can just buy it. It's in the bird section.
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Thanks, she's in her new home now. Her last home was awful i dont think the lady cleaned the tank once
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I forgot to mention turtles love Ramshorn snails another source of calcium and protein.
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I forgot to mention turtles love Ramshorn snails another source of calcium and protein.
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You can use Prime/Safe by Seachem, THE BEST!!! I just run a hose from the tap into all my tanks and turn it on at a slow pace and add the necessary amount of conditioner. Been doing this for years. I usually do a water change every 1-1.5 weeks and clean my bio media and filter maybe twice a year. I have 4 turtles and many fish, fyi. I feed my turtles once everyday if not every other day. You can also use calcium tablets(vitamins) too; they dissolve
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You can use Prime/Safe by Seachem, THE BEST!!! I just run a hose from the tap into all my tanks and turn it on at a slow pace and add the necessary amount of conditioner. Been doing this for years. I usually do a water change every 1-1.5 weeks and clean my bio media and filter maybe twice a year. I have 4 turtles and many fish, fyi. I feed my turtles once everyday if not every other day. You can also use calcium tablets(vitamins) too; they dissolve
Okay thanks, that prime by seachem is a water conditioner try right? Sorry for the late reply, im a bit busy with school.
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