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by mariza
Fri Sep 02, 2005 3:11 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: turtle acting sick
Replies: 19
Views: 5314

Yenightmare, you should not be putting so much oil on the lids that it gets into the water. Put on a little of the cod liver oil for several days only and see if there's an improvement. The purpose of the cod liver oil is to help him if he has a vitamin A deficiency (I don't know the nutritional val...
by mariza
Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:54 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: turtle acting sick
Replies: 19
Views: 5314

It sounds like the one turtle does have a respiratory infection. Can you regulate the temps better? And check the basking area with a thermometer to see what it is? What have the turtles been fed? For the areas in the picture--are they soft? Is there any odor? I don't think this is a fungus, so I do...
by mariza
Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:02 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: turtle acting sick
Replies: 19
Views: 5314

What is the water and basking area temp? I'd have the water temp at 82-83F and the basking area temp in the low 90's (the ones above are a bit too high, I think). Is it hot where you are? If so, is the turtle in a room with AC? If he is, move him away from any vents, breezes, drafts. Does he have a ...
by mariza
Wed Aug 31, 2005 6:57 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Black spot on RES
Replies: 4
Views: 2313

Are you sure the turtle wasn't injured in some way? Keep the water really clean. I'd clean the area with Nolvasan wound cleanser or at the very least a diluted solution of Betadine. Having the area checked out by a herp vet would be good (and you could get some Nolvasan as well).
by mariza
Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: HELP! Shell Irregularities - Steps to take?
Replies: 5
Views: 2555

Your turtle needs much more plant matter in the diet (an adult RES is more omnivorous than carnivorous). Do you have cuttlebone in the tank for a calcium supplement? The UVB light is the ESU Super UVB Coil light (which emits 3% UVB)? If so, the 3% UVB is low as far as UVB lights go, and this light n...
by mariza
Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:58 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Dark black spots on shell (darker when wet)
Replies: 2
Views: 826

Can you post a pic? Fungus is usually white...
by mariza
Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:57 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Feeding
Topic: RES won't eat his veggies
Replies: 3
Views: 1120

Try getting the scent of something he likes on the veggies (mix/mash mealworms with carrots, for example). You could also soak leafy greens in the water from tuna or sardines (no oil).
by mariza
Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Where to buy Enfloxil, Enrofloxacin, or Baytril?
Replies: 9
Views: 6815

I believe you need prescriptions for all those drugs. Shell rot is serious--you shouldn't just keep an eye in it. If there's been no improvement by now, your turtle needs a herp vet.
by mariza
Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:21 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: HELP! Shell Irregularities - Steps to take?
Replies: 5
Views: 2555

Some of the circled areas look like old scutes that haven't shed for whatever reason. I wouldn't worry about the translucent tips, but if the cream you bought is Vita Shell, I wouldn't use it. I've read a number of problems with use of this cream, particularly as a treatment for shell problems. It w...
by mariza
Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Toliet Paper
Replies: 5
Views: 1215

What's your turtle doing near toilet paper?
by mariza
Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Hot Glue in tank?
Replies: 12
Views: 5513

Now how did stainless screws get into this discussion? :) Bandgeek, you want to keep plastic/fake plants from floating? What I did was to use aquarium silicone to glue a flat rock to the bottom of the plastic base of the plant. I let it dry 48 hours and then put the plant in the tank. The siliconed ...
by mariza
Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:50 am
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Hot Glue in tank?
Replies: 12
Views: 5513

I know this is not meant to be a disagreement...:) OK, what brand of hot glue (unless "hot glue" is a brand name, which it doesn't seem to be--there seems to be more that one kind if you do a search)? I'm assuming there are different components to different types, and, sorry, I can't spend the time ...
by mariza
Thu Jul 21, 2005 12:41 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Hot Glue in tank?
Replies: 12
Views: 5513

SKF, please reread those links. In the first one, a number of posters disagreed with using hot glue. In the second link, a hot glue gun is used...but with aquarium safe silicone. Aquarium silicone is safe, that's why it was recommended. You can get aquarium silicone at places where they sell aquariu...
by mariza
Mon Jul 18, 2005 8:00 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: YEA!! Finally they have their home!!
Replies: 9
Views: 1887

yaya is correct--you need both a UVB light and a heat lamp. UV can be either, and you only said you have a light that emits UVA rays.
by mariza
Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:02 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Hot Glue in tank?
Replies: 12
Views: 5513

I wouldn't use hot glue. Use aquarium silicone--it's safe for turts. And I wouldn't use lead weights if they're going to be in the water with the turtles--some is going to leach into the water, and lead isn't good for people or turts.
by mariza
Sat Jul 09, 2005 3:33 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Please Help me! My turtle swim inclined to her right
Replies: 7
Views: 1621

Are there any zoos that handle reptiles that you could call? If so, maybe they could help.

If you try to give medicine orally, please be careful in trying to get liquid down the throat. It is easy for them to choke.
by mariza
Thu Jul 07, 2005 6:02 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Shells are getting soft
Replies: 13
Views: 1748

I would increase the amount of calcium in the diet, but not with those turtle blocks. There are different types of calcium, and the kind in the turtle blocks is not one that turtles can assimilate readily. Try leafy greens like dandelions, kale, collards, etc. Also keeping pieces of cuttlebone in th...
by mariza
Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:54 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Fish Cloudy Water Stuff Okay For RESs?
Replies: 2
Views: 940

How big is the tank? What size tank is the filter rated for? You should have one the capacity that yaya mentioned. What kind of filter is are you using? If you have a large tank and an adequate size filter that allows for bio-media, it's possible that the tank needs to cycle (and partial water chang...
by mariza
Sat Jul 02, 2005 3:00 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Cloudy Water
Replies: 10
Views: 1837

The principle of bio-filtration is the same for turtle tanks as it is for fish tanks, and makes their care easier.

You're doing your turts no favors by keeping them in a critter tank. Giving them good living conditions will help insure that they're healthy and live a longer life.
by mariza
Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:18 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: COMPLETE IDIOTS GUIDE...........
Replies: 7
Views: 1642

I can't comment on MK's book on iguanas, she knows her stuff and much of her site is devoted to them. The Dummy book on turtles and tortoises, however, in comparison to a number of other books on the subject, has been found to be lacking and in some places inaccurate by a number of people who have t...
by mariza
Thu Jun 23, 2005 12:39 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: COMPLETE IDIOTS GUIDE...........
Replies: 7
Views: 1642

Is this one of those "For Dummies" books? If so, there are much better ones that that one.
by mariza
Mon Jun 20, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Hard time eating...
Replies: 6
Views: 1869

This sounds like metabolic bone disease (soft shell disease), which is painful for the turtle and fatal if living conditions and diet are not corrected. Read http://www.turtlepuddle.org/health/mbd.html for what you can do. If at all possible, take your turtle to a reptile vet.
by mariza
Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:33 pm
Forum: Turtle Behavior
Topic: Female turtles exhibiting male behavior?
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

You should be able to have a good idea when the shell length is about 4 inches. Turtles, either sex, can exhibit this behavior. If they're not sexually mature or of the same sex, it's likely a display of dominance, not mating.
by mariza
Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Cloudy Water
Replies: 10
Views: 1837

Very good, RES. :) The beneficial bacteria will colonize over time or you could jump start them with a product like Cycle. When you do a complete water change, rinse any sponges that go in the filter in the tank water to help preserve the beneficial bacteria. (Also do this for any bio-media when you...
by mariza
Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:15 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Turtle Filter Recommendations PLEASE!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4164

No problem. :)
by mariza
Mon Jun 13, 2005 2:19 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Cloudy Water
Replies: 10
Views: 1837

See my other post. Get a better filter. :P Your tank could need to cycle as well. Take a look at http://honors.montana.edu/~weif/firstta ... ater.phtml

This will hold true with a more powderful filter as well.
by mariza
Mon Jun 13, 2005 2:17 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Turtle Filter Recommendations PLEASE!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4164

In your other post you said you have a 75-gallon tank filled half way up, right? Money is no object? I've read nothing but good things about the Ehiem Pro Series, specifically the 2028. The best canister for the money? Filstar XP3 ( www.bigalsonline.com ). I have one as well. I've used it on a 40-ga...
by mariza
Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: What Type of Turtle/Tortoise do I have?
Topic: New Turtle: Can't Identify, Please help me
Replies: 15
Views: 2775

Try to identify it by where it was found here: http://www.chelonia.org/bygeography.htm
by mariza
Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:30 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Turtle Filter Recommendations PLEASE!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4164

The Emperor and Aqua-Clear filters are power filters and are meant to work on a tank that's nearly full of water. If they're running in the tank and the water drops too low, the motor is likely to burn out. The Fluval Plus series (1+ - 4+) is advertised as being good for turtle tanks. I have a 2+, a...
by mariza
Sat Jun 11, 2005 3:54 pm
Forum: What Type of Turtle/Tortoise do I have?
Topic: New Turtle: Can't Identify, Please help me
Replies: 15
Views: 2775

I don't remember you describing what the carapace/top shell looks like, but from your description and since you're in Fla., could it be a Florida Red-bellied Cooter?
by mariza
Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:58 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Feeding
Topic: friuts
Replies: 7
Views: 1533

I'd skip the bananas--too high in phosphorus. If you insist on giving them at all, give only a small amount and very rarely. Strawberries are acidic and also should be given only occasionally.
by mariza
Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:55 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Turtle appears to have trouble breathing
Replies: 5
Views: 1313

Find a qualified reptile vet. If the turtle is at the point where she's not eating, she needs a vet. What are the temps of the basking area and water? I'd separate the turtle that's sick from the one that's not showing any symptoms.
by mariza
Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:49 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: What can I do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2434

Is the turtle showing signs of dehydration? If so, try something like Pedialyte (sp?)...you can also buy specific products for turtles to replace lost electrolytes, etc. Are you sure the turtle isn't getting some water when you soak her? I wouldn't try forcing anything down her throat--too easy for ...
by mariza
Tue May 31, 2005 6:44 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Turtle Tips
Replies: 17
Views: 3257

Get him a much bigger tank. He's the size of your palm--the shell length is about 4-5 inches? If so, get him a 50 gallon tank or similar size container. (A guideline is to allow 10 gallons of tank per inch of shell length.) And with the bigger tank comes a better filter, etc. I'd forget the friend--...
by mariza
Tue May 31, 2005 4:25 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: how to make turtles it shrimp and blood worms?
Replies: 5
Views: 973

They're not eating? What are the temps of the water and basking area? (Too cool and they won't want to eat). A water temp of 76-78F and basking them of 88-90F is good.

BTW, bloodworms contains little nutritional value and shrimp is high is protein. They should be occasional treats.
by mariza
Fri May 27, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Dry "skin"???
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

Regarding the shell, give it a bit of time. The shell is sensitve, and it's been exposed to chemicals and brushing with a toothbrush... Try to get the filter back in soon--the water gets dirty really fast w/o one, and you don't want to have to keep cleaning your turtle all the time. Glad to hear she...
by mariza
Fri May 27, 2005 3:06 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Dry "skin"???
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

Soap is really not good to use (even antibacterial), and I've never heard of any kind being recommended for use with turts (if you learn of the specific brand, I'd be interested in know it, though). Soap leaves a residue that's very hard to remove.
by mariza
Fri May 27, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Dry "skin"???
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

Yes, as you said, "...who knows." It's best to be cautious with chemicals. And the vinegar isn't toxic to turts. :) BTW, do you have a lot of algae? Is the tank in front of a window? (If so, it would be good to move it--a lot of light encourages algae.) Let us know what happens.
by mariza
Fri May 27, 2005 2:15 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Dry "skin"???
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

I wouldn't use all those chemicals in the water. And I'd be really careful using bleach. Is your turtle ill? The only time I'd use a very weak bleach solution is if I was dealing with a sick turtle and wanted to disinfect (and I repeatedly rinse afterward). Try using white vinegar to clean (dilute i...
by mariza
Fri May 27, 2005 12:22 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Dry "skin"???
Replies: 25
Views: 4973

It looks like mineral deposits on the scutes (not skin) to me. Put a little white vinegar on a q-tip and gently rub a whitened area. Does it come off? If so, it's mineral deposits. If you use a brush, use a soft one and be gentle. What do you add to the water?