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Hi everyone! I am wondering what the best feeder fish/insects are for my turtle. I know that goldfish are bad, but are they the only ones?
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What kind of turtle? IMO it's best to breed your own feeders whether it be guppies, platies, etc. Most, not all, feeders (mainly goldfish/rosies) carry a ton diseases pending where you get them from.
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I just went to petsmart because the 2 local stores are out of feeders but they have red eyed minnows and my turtle eats them and my friends grouper and trigger fish love them also

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But there are white clouds and other fish besides gold fish you can feed to your turtle that are better I think most people feed gild fish because there cheap

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If one looks at store tank's where these store bought feeder's are often kept,you can often see that they are extremely crowded affair's where numerous dead fishes are not uncommon.
If just one diseased fish is carrying a disease,parasite,bacterial pathogen,then it is not much of a stretch to imagine other fishes in these tank's are quite possibly also affected by said disease,etc.
Now ,you offer the fish to your otherwise healthy fish for consumption, and disease is transported in this way.
Raising your own feeder fish is always safer bet if one feel's they must offer feeder's.
Plenty of people raise fishes on prepared food's without too much trouble and the prepared food's are often more nutritious .
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Goldfish and Rosy Red Minnows contain high levels of an enzyme, thiaminase, that destroys vitamin B-1.

If you want to feed your turtle live food, then raise your own, and rotate species of fish that you feed to him (her?). Feed the fish really well, and they will be a healthy way to feed your turtle. You can gut load the fish, too, so the turtle can get better nutrition via the food you have just fed the fish.

I do not know much about turtles, will they eat things like crickets, meal worms or flightless fruit flies? I think the wider rotation the better. But research to see if these or other critters are acceptable feed for your turtle.
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I had the lead biologist of a zoo tell me that painted turtles love to eat snails. I'd try getting a bucket of snails going, too. If there's one thing that's easy to breed, it's snails.


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Yeah I put my turtle in my 75 and he ate the crap outta some snails so now I put some in his tank every once in a while

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I used to feed my turtles cichlid fry culls.. particularly Convict and Jack Dempsey fry(those two breed like rabbits!). I also would feed the culls to the parents 8-/.. Turtles will take earthworms, also eat appropriately sized crickets, mealworms, veggies of all kinds. Painteds are a little more carnivorous than RESs. It also depends on you painted species. Some are more carnivorous than others. Eastern and Southern painteds tend to be more carnivorous than the Central and Western species. Either way you still need to offer veggies!

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Can't remember if the species being kept was mentioned, but I would NOT try and keep snapping turtle(s) with other species of turtles.
Other than occasionally sunning themselves on a log or other area in the wild , most turtles are not all that social.(just ain't enough log's for em all).
Goes especially true for the Snapping turtle (s).
Have kept a few snapping turtles in my time, and they have well earned reputation.
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