Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: springfield, missouri
Need advice on a red eared slider (turtle)
My neighbor is moving out. I noticed he had a 10 gallon in his trash so I asked if I could take it (you can always use another tank right?). He said "yeah, and as soon as I find a home for my turtle, you can have another if you want it".
Well, I know turtles are dirty and generally in aquariums too small, so I had little interest in taking it, but I did feel really sorry for it. I figured worst case scenario, I could wait till he moved and release it back into the wild (he caught it locally as a baby).
Sure enough, he had this 6 inch long red eared slider in a filthy 10 gallon with no filtration.
However, this guy also works with glass and just happened to have this really big custom tank he built sitting there. He was more than happy to give me that too! This thing is roughly 6 feet long, 12 inches deep and 13 inches wide. It is super thick glass and has reinforcements along the top.
I know I need to set something nice up for this turtle immediately. poor thing. I am going to start googling their care and maintenance right now. Any advice would be appreciated (food, water depth, cohabitants, plant compatibility, etc).
I currently have 2 large-ish aquariums already (30 and 50) that are heavily planted. I may give turtle one of those boring tanks and scape this super long one with some tiny rasboras or something. Still haven't decided.