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Old 01-03-2005, 04:19 AM   #1
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Emergency turtle care needed!


I need some quick help on how to care for a small (2") red-eared slider turtle my boyfriend's daughter got for X-mas.
Minimum 10g tank?
Heat lamp?
Food?
All water tank, or does it need a ledge?
How often water changes?
Should I make her take care of it, or should I make her get rid of it? (I have 6 fishtanks of my own to take care of, so I have no intention to take over this one when she gets bored with it)
Temperature? Minimum? Maximum?
Can I put in in my 550g koi pond (has 4 small koi, 2 small goldfish, live plants, outdoors, temp during winter about 55 degrees)??? I would love to do this if possible.

Please help!!!
Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:45 AM   #2
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A read eared slider can reach 12" in a year if cared for properly so if you are not willing to get a LARGE tank or a pond for this critter you may want to get rid of it.

1.) Tank size, at that size a 10 gallon will work, however be prepared to upgrade.
2.) Red Eared sliders need to bask, so give them a land area with a heat/UV lamp.
3.) Water Changes: large and frequent. Turtles are messy eaters and they shed their plates from their shells while they grow.
4.) Food: turtle food sticks, vegetables
5.) Temp, WARM, indoors for the winter

If you can't meet these conditions.. turtle should go. They are awesome creatures, and it does them a disservice if you can't prvide them what they need to be really happy.
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:06 AM   #3
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You may want to consider heading over to: http://www.reptileadvice.com
Toirtis over there is very knowledgable about turtles.
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:39 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys, you confirmed my instinct that this cute little guy is going to be too much trouble for me to care for (because, I'll be honest, my boyfriend's 12-yr.-old daughter has the attention span of a gnat, and had forgotten about the little thing only a half hour after having brought it home).
I think we'll have her call around to the lps's tomorrow to see if any of them would like to take in a small turtle.
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165g RES turtle pond in progress.
100g planted tank= 240 watts c.f., 1 DIY 1-gal co2 jug, platies, angels, lace gouramies, congos, black neons, otos.
30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
18g= platy fry
10g= baby RES tank- Turtlebuddy
30g= temp. adult RES tank- Myrtlemamma
20gL= temp. juv. RES tank- Tweak and Mertle
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:11 AM   #5
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Good idea.

You're in Cali though, so it might be fun to make a nice pond for it and similar critters. But that's just me.
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Old 01-03-2005, 08:57 PM   #6
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If it was Spring, and water temps were closer to 75, I'd LOVE to just toss him in my little koi pond (I've been thinking about getting a turtle for population control for my comets come this time of year!). But right now, it's 55 degrees, and I have no where warmer to keep him until then, at least not without some cash outlay. So he's getting given away to some lucky pet store...
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100g planted tank= 240 watts c.f., 1 DIY 1-gal co2 jug, platies, angels, lace gouramies, congos, black neons, otos.
30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
18g= platy fry
10g= baby RES tank- Turtlebuddy
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Old 01-03-2005, 09:53 PM   #7
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I am no herpetologist, but if that slider were to get big in that Koi pond, it will become solely a turtle pond.

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Old 01-03-2005, 10:18 PM   #8
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When I was 6 or 7 I kept one in a kiddie pool along with minnnows frogs and tadpoles, it would eat everything. The turtle ended up being released in a local pond, ah the memories.
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Well, after much deliberation, I have decided to keep the turtle. He's currently about 2" long. I have him in a 10g filled 3/4ths full of water, with a turtle dock for resting and sunning. I have a clamp-on lamp, and a 150w sun-light basking bulb specifically for reptiles (NOT the infrared kind). I also bought a 50w in-tank heater (Visi Therm Stealth, with plastic protective shell). The tank's being filtered by a Penguin Mini bio-wheel filter.
I know that I won't be able to keep him indoors in a 10g for too long, so during the warmer months, he will go in our koi pond (our fish are all 7-8" long, and won't be bothered by him), and provide some needed population control come Spring. During colder times in the future, he will either get a larger tank (55g or so), or a small wading pool in the garage.
Our housing community has a large pond which houses several very large koi, millions of mosquito fish, and lots of other slider turtles, so, If he gets too big for my pond, I may, with the HOA's permission, add him to the community pond population.
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550g pond= koi, comets/shubunkin, water lillies.
165g RES turtle pond in progress.
100g planted tank= 240 watts c.f., 1 DIY 1-gal co2 jug, platies, angels, lace gouramies, congos, black neons, otos.
30g= cories, platies, platy fry, ghost shrimp.
18g= platy fry
10g= baby RES tank- Turtlebuddy
30g= temp. adult RES tank- Myrtlemamma
20gL= temp. juv. RES tank- Tweak and Mertle
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