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Old 10-13-2006, 01:39 PM   #31
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There are all these different pond filters....what size/type would you guys recommend?
I like the Laguna (the 'Pressue-flo 5000' is sufficient for most) and UltraKleen (100 or 1500 models) pond canisters....they do a bang-up job (especially when I expect the turtles to be in a good 90+ gallon tank or indoor pond).
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:11 PM   #32
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Its a boy! We took the turtle to the vet today. He is fine except for a vitamin deficiency...he got a vitamin A shot in the butt. The vet said it looks like his claws are worn down..probably from scooting along on the dirt...And it is definitely a boy...last night he stuck his little boy turtle parts out...the vet said that was fine as long as it doesn't stay out too long. YAY! The turtle is okay! Whoohoo! And he has been basking and not so scared of us now. YAY!
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Glad to hear it!
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When you say get more turtles... where are you planning to get them from?
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:26 PM   #35
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When you say get more turtles... where are you planning to get them from?
Er....from the reptile store...they usually have yellow bellied and red earred sliders
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:0) Just checking... I've seen way too many people just go to ponds and pick up sliders or find box turtles only to release them later because they got too big or sick or they were moving or something. Not only is that generally against the law, but also really unsafe for natural populations. Also, in some states it is illegal to keep native species as pets (however, I don't think that is the law in Arizona, you can call your regional Department of Natural Resources to find out).

Make sure your reptile store is getting them from a reputable captive breeder and not just going to a pond to pick them up. A store around here used to do that and now it's difficult to find some turtles in certain locations where they used to pick them up from.

I'm sure you knew all that stuff, but just in case :0) I LOVE turtles and I'm trying to do research on native populations of red earred sliders around here and just want to protect all the native turtle populations I can.
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Arizona is really strict about keeping wildlife as pets...I'm pretty sure that the only water turtles around here that are considered native wildlife are mud turtles and some sort of weird snapping turtle beast.
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