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by TallysMom
Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:35 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Feeding
Topic: OUR RED EARED SLIDERS WONT EAT!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2105

You can soak the turtle pellets in tuna water and that may help, too. Really young turtles, true hatchlings, don't need to eat for a while because they are still living off the remains of the yolk in their egg. They will need to eat eventually, but these little creatures prioritize, and when they ge...
by TallysMom
Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:24 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Magnum 350 Canister filter
Replies: 11
Views: 2881

I have a Fluval and I'm pretty happy with it...
by TallysMom
Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:59 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Turkey baster for last inch of water
Replies: 1
Views: 1522

Turkey baster for last inch of water

There was a ? about how to get the last bit of water out of a tank, and what I use for both fish and turtles is turkey basters. Also good for scooping up that blob of poo in the corner of a full tank, when you don't need/have time for a full-throttle gravel vac attack. I have a separate one for turt...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:46 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Any Hope for an Overly Agressive Male?
Replies: 8
Views: 2389

Would that it were...but it does help!
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:45 pm
Forum: Dogs
Topic: As well as being a new mum to a res, I have
Replies: 3
Views: 25904

What beautiful dogs! I thought Alsatians were something different? Close but not exactly the same as GSDs. We Yanks do call them German Shepherds, anyway. But they have been overbred from bad lines here, so all too many of them have bad hips and bad dispositions. Our town's K-9 "officers" are import...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:40 pm
Forum: Basic Turtle Care
Topic: Help! Turtle eating the gravel
Replies: 4
Views: 1203

Yes, I agree -- get the gravel out of there ASAP! Replace it with river stones no smaller than his head. You'll find that the tank is easier to clean with these, too.

And my turtles spend a fair amount of their underwater time moving the stones around -- redecorating! That's fun to watch.
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:37 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Any Hope for an Overly Agressive Male?
Replies: 8
Views: 2389

On the adoption issue, you may not have heard back because they could be overwhelmed with RES turtles. Their counterpart here in Massachusetts says flatly that they don't do RES adoptions, there are simply too many of them. But, you could try the Adoption classifieds here on AllTurtles, and also the...
by TallysMom
Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:09 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: How far to the top
Replies: 3
Views: 2054

You want the water to be deep enough so that if they get turned over, they can swim themselves rightside up -- so at least twice as deep as they are tall. And they are lovely swimmers, lots of fun to watch -- so give them as deep water as you can! As for escaping, you can put a metal mesh top on the...
by TallysMom
Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:03 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Feeding
Topic: Feeding on Vacation
Replies: 5
Views: 2057

Romaine lettuce is good, and dandelion greens, if you have them where you are. Also, you could get a couple of little feeder fish for him to snack on -- and if he doesn't catch them he will enjoy trying.

How big is Esteban?
by TallysMom
Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Feeding
Topic: What to feed my RES
Replies: 17
Views: 4262

They are babies -- they need to be fed every day. You can get some Reptomin Baby Turtle food, or use the regular turtle sticks. Give them a variety of food, too -- a little cooked chicken (no fat), shrimp, green veggies (but not spinach). At this age they are carnivores but eventually they will turn...
by TallysMom
Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:56 pm
Forum: Basic Turtle Care
Topic: New to turtles (two of them). Some questions.
Replies: 4
Views: 1112

At that size, I think they're still under a year old. They actually grow pretty fast if kept properly. I adopted a RES on August 21 that was 2-5/8ths inches long. A week or so ago, she was 3-1/4 inches long -- that's 5/8ths of an inch in less than three months. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it is: s...
by TallysMom
Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: The Great Indoor vs Outdoor Debate
Replies: 4
Views: 1710

Sure -- just give them a basking area with a UVA-B lamp. They'll love it.

I sure envy your ability to have an indoor pond! Can you take pictures of it and put them in the Setup section?
by TallysMom
Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:43 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: 26 hr. Car Travel w/turtles
Replies: 11
Views: 3352

Yes, I believe that is what she is planning to do. I agree that traveling in water is not a good idea.
by TallysMom
Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:39 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Keeping Baby RES small??
Replies: 4
Views: 1998

For now, a 10-gallon tank may work, but you will likely get aggression issues sooner. Also, the smaller the tank, the quicker it gets dirty -- it doesn't take much longer to clean a 20-gallon tank than a 10. Also, the bigger the tank, the more architecture and decor you can put in -- that's fun, as ...
by TallysMom
Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:30 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Looking to adopt for Christmas
Replies: 5
Views: 1822

You can also check Craigslist for your area -- www.craigslist.org. Try the Pets classifieds, and the Free and General areas under For Sale. You can also post a Wanted ad but I don't know how well those work. I got all my turtles from CL -- two were free and one of those included a (way too small) ta...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:04 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: 26 hr. Car Travel w/turtles
Replies: 11
Views: 3352

Sounds as if you are all set, then!

Have a good safe trip!
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Magnum 350 Canister filter
Replies: 11
Views: 2881

Well, that's something -- glad to hear it is helping. They are messy critters, aren't they!

AFter the holidays, maybe you will find people clearing out their old filters on Craigslist/wherever!

Good luck!
by TallysMom
Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: tanks, additional turtles
Replies: 6
Views: 2175

For tanks, I'd shop around on the Internet -- AND if you live in an area where there's an active section on Craigslist, http://www.craigslist.org, that is a great place to find tanks at reasonable prices. And everything else, for that matter. New stuff is so expensive, but people are willing to part...
by TallysMom
Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:32 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: 26 hr. Car Travel w/turtles
Replies: 11
Views: 3352

I would NOT suggest transporting them in water. Even if you drive very carefully, water will slosh around and make the turtles bump into the sides of the container and each other. I know because I have been there and done that! I would proceed with the wet cloths as earlier suggested, then, at rest ...
by TallysMom
Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:17 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Magnum 350 Canister filter
Replies: 11
Views: 2881

THat's too bad -- maybe you could sell the too-small filter as a way to buffer the expense of a new one? Also, if you live in a populous area, you might have some luck finding used equipment on Craigslist, http://www.craigslist.org. I got all my stuff there, for great prices. Or your local classifie...
by TallysMom
Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: Other Pets and Animals
Topic: What other pets do you have?
Replies: 12
Views: 3130

I have 3 RES, a dog, 2 cats, 1 pleco, 3 corydoras julii, uncountable fancy guppies, and a Morgan horse!
by TallysMom
Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:31 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: basking
Replies: 19
Views: 3479

Oh, I see what you mean about red bulbs. I just used a regular one and turned it off when I turned off the UV one, for bedtime. I think in the wild it gets cooler when the sun goes down, so that's how it works in my tanks, too. I just hope I don't have to get more heaters when it really gets to be w...
by TallysMom
Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:29 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Magnum 350 Canister filter
Replies: 11
Views: 2881

Hmm, that is puzzling. Can you try feeding them out of the tank, so the food detritus and maybe some poop will be outside the filtered water? Is the filter rated 3-4X the size of your tank? I don't think you mentioned how big the tank is, or how many critters are dirtying it up... Do you have any pl...
by TallysMom
Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:25 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Fish eating
Replies: 17
Views: 3067

Was he basking under a light while he appeared to sleep? My turtles will spend most of their day that way, although actually their eyes are usually open... If he's eating and able to swim when he needs to -- when you come along and startle him, for example! -- he's probably fine. Feeding in a separa...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:47 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Algae Eaters
Replies: 10
Views: 3648

Plecos are nocturnal, I bet he comes out when you all are sleeping! I have one in my 40-gallon tank, where my 7-inch RES had lived. She has moved to a bigger tank, and the 40 is now home to a 5-inch and a smaller RES. I recently noticed that the pleco -- Snuggy is his name, and he's about 4-5 inches...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:43 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: URGENT QUESTION. EMERGENCY
Replies: 13
Views: 4034

And it's even older now...my contribution: first, it isn't sulfur that's in turtle care products, it's sulfA. Sulfa drugs were used to treat bacterial infections before the advent of penicillin and the other antibiotics. Don't know what the name means, but it isn't the same thing as sulfur. As for h...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:28 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: basking
Replies: 19
Views: 3479

That sounds workable, but it's up to you -- the important thing is that the basking area be warmer than the water so the turtle is enticed onto it. If your water is 75, your basking temp should be 85 or so. Don't know about a red bulb -- I used a plain ol' 75-watter in a clip-on in one setup where t...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:22 pm
Forum: Turtle Behavior
Topic: Turtle compatibility: do they learn to get along?
Replies: 3
Views: 1815

Guess Darley is going to have the big tank to herself, then. Justin is back with Packy for good -- and they do get along. Just caught them basking -- with her on top of him! Maybe I'll alternate basking lights so Darley can have some variety (two platforms were built, expecting two turtles to be in ...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:45 pm
Forum: Non - Animal Related Topics
Topic: Turtles names
Replies: 48
Views: 9098

Darley (for the Darley Arabian)

Justin (for Justin Morgan)

Packy -- came with the name
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:40 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: odd behavior...or typical RES?
Replies: 4
Views: 2199

He may not want to eat veggies or fruit when he's young, but keep trying. As with humans, a variety of foods is best. Mine have definite tastes -- my biggest one will still eat the meat (shrimp, etc.) and loves green vegs but not romaine. She loves strawberries, raspberries and cherries -- but not b...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: turtle bonding...
Replies: 8
Views: 3243

One of mine still jumps off the basking platform when someone comes into the room, even after 3 months. But when I pick her up to take her out to feed her, she is really feisty -- tries hard to bite me and squirms a lot. So what I am saying is that they are all individuals -- make sure they are heal...
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: basking
Replies: 19
Views: 3479

I believe the heated rocks are intended fpr non-aquatic reptiles -- I would not use them near water! Your current basking setup sounds okay, no need to fix it if it isn't broken!
by TallysMom
Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: Basic Turtle Care
Topic: Too many snails!
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Don't they clean the glass, at least?

Funny he doesn't want to eat them -- even my fish liked eating mushed-snail-on-glass...

Can you let the tank dry out, boil the rocks and then refill it?
by TallysMom
Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:31 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Magnum 350 Canister filter
Replies: 11
Views: 2881

Our canister filters get scuzzed up in the tubes, which reduces the flow, which reduces the cleaning, etc. We clean them every time we rinse out the filter media. Could that be your problem, maybe?
by TallysMom
Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Turtle not Basking
Replies: 2
Views: 797

How's the temperature? If it's too cold or too hot in the water, they may not want to bask.
by TallysMom
Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:25 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: basking
Replies: 19
Views: 3479

What rays does your critter light emit? Turtles need UVA and B. If that is what you are providing, that's good! If not, seek out lights that have this. And they also need a dry basking space, where they can completely dry out. Usually this has a light, too, to entice them into its warmth -- your wat...
by TallysMom
Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: Turtle Behavior
Topic: Turtle compatibility: do they learn to get along?
Replies: 3
Views: 1815

Turtle compatibility: do they learn to get along?

I have a female RES, Darley, who is about 7 inches long. She's in a 110-gallon high, and it looks awfully bare with just her in there. So, a couple of weeks ago I obtained a 5-inch male RES who had lived his whole life with another turtle. (The other turtle found another home.) Darley has always bee...
by TallysMom
Thu Nov 03, 2005 8:54 pm
Forum: Welcome Center
Topic: a break from turtles!
Replies: 104
Views: 35610

Halloween -- my husband the can-do guy is also an architect, so there is some artsiness to him as well. He carved a really nice winking jack-o-lantern, and for a party we went to the previous Saturday, he made himself some wicked swirly papiermache devil horns on a piece of coathanger wire that went...
by TallysMom
Thu Nov 03, 2005 8:19 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Loss of a friend
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

I lost my adorable Little Nicky last month and my only consolation is/was that I didn't have to watch him go (I was on vacation)! I am sorry you had to suffer watching your little pet suffer.

She's all better now, and waiting for you across the Rainbow Bridge!
by TallysMom
Sat Oct 29, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: Basic Turtle Care
Topic: What will my turtle need for the first few weeks?
Replies: 11
Views: 1807

I'd like to clarify that the UV rays are filtered out by glass -- even old glass. You can't get a sunburn through a window, can you? Well, your turtle can't get the UVA/B rays it needs to process calcium, etc. and keep its shell hard and stay healthy. Just the way you need a little direct sun to mak...