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by mariza
Wed May 25, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: Indoor and Outdoor Pond Setups
Topic: Filter
Replies: 10
Views: 1709

Who said anything about buying online? I've seen Pondmasters sold at garden shops.
by mariza
Tue May 24, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Spots on Jans shell.
Replies: 8
Views: 1720

You just noticed them today? The shell is hard and they won't rub off? I'm tempted to suggest mineral deposits, but you would have seen them before this...Could it be air trapped under the shell? Do any of those scutes look like they might be starting to loosen?
by mariza
Tue May 24, 2005 5:52 pm
Forum: Aquatic Turtles
Topic: Climber???
Replies: 17
Views: 1994

They are escape artists! How high is the water level? If it's really high he could have managed to go over the side.
by mariza
Tue May 24, 2005 5:18 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Turtle + Eggs = Crazy
Replies: 6
Views: 1280

Can you make a basking area that she can get in and out of when she wants to? There may be some useful info for you here: http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/Nestsites.htm Can you feel any (gently feel the area in front of the rear legs)? You don't want her to become egg bound. To be absolutely su...
by mariza
Tue May 24, 2005 5:09 pm
Forum: Basic Turtle Care
Topic: going away for the weekend
Replies: 5
Views: 1007

Your turtle is healthy and you have a proper set-up? Fri - Tues shouldn't be a problem. In addition to fish, maybe thown some anachris. Putting the lights on timers would also be good to keep a regular schedule for your turtle.
by mariza
Tue May 24, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: Indoor and Outdoor Pond Setups
Topic: Filter
Replies: 10
Views: 1709

Huh? The Pondmaster is a brand of pond filter...
by mariza
Mon May 23, 2005 7:49 pm
Forum: Indoor and Outdoor Pond Setups
Topic: Filter
Replies: 10
Views: 1709

I've heard good things about PondMasters.
by mariza
Fri May 20, 2005 3:52 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: turtle goes home
Replies: 8
Views: 977

What kind of turtle is he? If he's a box turtle, they are reputed to be one of the most intelligent of all species of turtles.
by mariza
Wed May 18, 2005 6:44 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Feeding
Topic: A few feeding question?
Replies: 6
Views: 1689

Once in a while as a treat wouldn't hurt. But if, since you say you can get them cheap, they start eating them all the time, it wouldn't be good--too much protein. Include the shrimp as part of a varied diet. About how old are your turtles? My turtles started eating plant matter when they were only ...
by mariza
Mon May 16, 2005 7:59 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: which filter & uvb light should I get?
Replies: 1
Views: 396

For filtration, yes, your filter should be rated for 3X the size of your tank. Aqua-Clear filters hang off the side of the tank, and work when the water level is high. If you were getting a bigger tank, I'd definitely recommend a canister filter--lots of room for biomedia, efficient, and don't take ...
by mariza
Mon May 16, 2005 1:30 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: White disharge in the urine
Replies: 16
Views: 4746

The white discharge is most likely urates, and one of the reasons for it can be dehydration/not enough water.
by mariza
Mon May 16, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: shell scrape...?
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

No Neosporin in this case (it's oily and you don't want to trap whatever's underneath). Make sure your turtle has ample opportunity to basking under correct lighting. If the scute needs to shed, it will help it along.
by mariza
Thu May 12, 2005 3:47 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Water Level ¿?
Replies: 15
Views: 1877

If the turtles are small, the water level is deep, and the tank is a big one, it would also be good to have some other objects besides the basking area for them to rest on, especially if they're not used to deep water. Plastic plants would be good as resting/hiding places, and they'd add to the look...
by mariza
Wed May 11, 2005 5:42 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Turtle laying eggs!
Replies: 4
Views: 529

You really should build her an easily accessible nesting site. If she does have any more eggs in her, without a proper nesting site she's likely to try to retain them. If so and if they break inside her, she's apt to get an infection and need immediate medical care. Read about nesting sites and why ...
by mariza
Sat May 07, 2005 1:16 pm
Forum: Aquatic Tank Setups
Topic: Why won't the tank stay clean?!?
Replies: 6
Views: 2908

How many gallons is your "medium-size" tank? It sounds like the filter is too small for it.
by mariza
Sat May 07, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: turtle eyes, please help
Replies: 4
Views: 894

Does the eye itself look normal when open, but does there appear to be a clear bubble over it? It possibly could be a protective lens that turtles have over their eyes.

If not, can you describe it in more detail, or, better yet, post a pic?
by mariza
Thu May 05, 2005 7:21 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Showing early signs of pyramiding
Replies: 5
Views: 1110

In certain species of turtles males have concave plastrons (bottom shell) toward the rear, but this really doesn't apply to RES, if that's what you have. Can you post a pic showing your turtle's shell? If it is pyramiding, he's growing too fast and you need to be feeding less protein. What do you fe...
by mariza
Thu May 05, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: Basic Turtle Care
Topic: cleaning a rock i found
Replies: 9
Views: 2227

I sometimes use rocks I find outside in my turtles' tanks. I wouldn't use any soap/Dawn. I'd soak the rock, scrub it with a brush to remove loose debris and rinse it well. Then I'd boil it for about 20-30 minutes to kill any bacteria, etc., that might still be on it.
by mariza
Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Water Changing Question.
Replies: 5
Views: 980

How big is your tank? What kind of filter are you using? Do you feed your turtles in the tank? How big is/are your turtles? What else do you have in the tank with them? Is the water you're using treated with chlorine/chloramine? How often you need to do a 100% water change and whether you should use...
by mariza
Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:14 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: unsure...
Replies: 7
Views: 1364

Mimi, the fact that your turtle has a soft shell most likely means it has metabolic bone disease. This is serious, painful for him, and if you don't change his living conditions, he will die. How big is he (the shell, front to back)? What kind of set-up do you have for him? If he's two inches long, ...
by mariza
Thu Apr 28, 2005 6:55 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Feeding
Topic: Crickets for turtles?
Replies: 3
Views: 4138

Feeding crickets to your turtles as part of a varied, balanced diet is fine. You didn't say how big/old your turtles are, but little ones seem to be especially interested in food that moves. You don't want to give them a diet that's too high in protein, which will cause them to grow too fast, and ma...
by mariza
Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:00 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Feeding
Topic: Turtle\'s Diet
Replies: 9
Views: 1653

Re: Turtle\'s Diet

I\'ve seen the 2-hour instructions on the Nutrafin container and can only think that the writer was drunk when s/he wrote them and the person editing the text didn\'t do a very good job/doesn\'t know about turtles (and to save money the company hasn\'t changed the packaging). For pellets, what yaya ...
by mariza
Sat Feb 19, 2005 5:24 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Opinions Please
Replies: 5
Views: 2267

Re: Opinions Please

Thinking that as long as two turtles \"can turn around and don\'t bang into each other\" means they have enough space really isn\'t providing them with adequate living conditions. Two turtles in such a small space will quickly dirty up the water, meaning frequent cleaning or they\'ll spend a lot of ...
by mariza
Sat Feb 19, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Filter
Replies: 5
Views: 710

Re: Filter

You need a filter rated for at least 3X the size of your tank/container.
by mariza
Sat Feb 19, 2005 5:00 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: I\'ve got a digger and need some advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1187

Re: I\'ve got a digger and need some advice

Turtles like to forage, it\'s just something they do. Maybe he smells a trapped piece of poop or food. Make sure the stones aren\'t so small that he can swallow them (head-size or larger is OK).

Is he healthy? Does he bask? What is the temp of the water?
by mariza
Sat Feb 19, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Calcium for Turtles
Replies: 7
Views: 1230

Re: Calcium for Turtles

The list of nutrients sounds OK, but if you\'re feeding your turtle a pellet like Reptomin as part of his diet, he\'s already getting some of that (as would other foods in a varied diet). The blocks don\'t sound bad, but cuttlebone is cheaper and I suspect would have a higher calcium content. How mu...
by mariza
Sat Feb 05, 2005 4:51 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: foaming at the mouth
Replies: 9
Views: 10548

Re: foaming at the mouth

He most likely has a respiratory infection and needs a herp vet. Don\'t wait--RIs can quickly progress to pneumonia, which can be fatal. Until you get him to a vet, keep the water at about 82F (get that submersible water heater--just adding warm water now and then isn\'t enough, the water temp needs...
by mariza
Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:10 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: please help me
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: please help me

Make sure you use tuna, sardines, etc. that have been packed in water, not oil if you\'re going to moisten the pellets.
by mariza
Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Turtles appetite
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Turtles appetite

Your turtle\'s Straight Carapace Length (SCL)is 8 inches? (This is the length of the shell from the back of the neck to the end of the scute above the tail and does not include the curve of the shell.) Do you know how old your turtle is?
by mariza
Thu Feb 03, 2005 1:57 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Algea?
Replies: 1
Views: 386

Re: Algea?

First of all, don\'t use soap. If you gently wipe the green stuff with a moistened cloth, does it come off? If so, it most likely is algae. What the shell look like underneath? Do you have algae in the tank? If there\'s any resistance when you try to take off a scute, it would be better to leave it ...
by mariza
Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:58 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Egg Bound RES
Replies: 8
Views: 934

Re: Egg Bound RES

The ones shaped like turtles? The form of calcium they provide can\'t be utilized by turtles readily. Cuttlebone is much better (and cheaper too).
by mariza
Fri Jan 28, 2005 3:19 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Egg Bound RES
Replies: 8
Views: 934

Re: Egg Bound RES

Aside from putting calcium powder on moistened pellets, have you tried keeping some cuttlebone in the tank? (If not, buy some in the bird section of a petstore, take off the hard backing, break it into pieces (my turtle likes head-size pieces) and leave a few floating in the tank, replace as needed....
by mariza
Fri Jan 28, 2005 3:07 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Arlooking for doctor in my area.
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: Arlooking for doctor in my area.

http://www.arav.org/USMembers.htm is a link you could try.
by mariza
Fri Jan 28, 2005 3:05 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: turtle died *Moved with previous help*
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: turtle died *Moved with previous help*

Don\'t use antibacterial soap (or any other for that matter) to clean with. To disinfect, use 2 oz. of bleach to a gallon of water to clean, then rinse very well (several times at least) with clean water. In future, if your turtle is healthy, use white vinegar diluted with water to clean with and th...
by mariza
Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:45 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Calcium Supplement
Replies: 3
Views: 898

Re: Calcium Supplement

Can\'t see the pic, but if you\'re talking powdered calcium supplement, Rep-Cal (not Reptocal) is considered to be one of the best. (Whatever you get, make sure it says no phosphorus.) Forget the calcium blocks and little white turtles. You can also get cuttlebone (the stuff for birds), take off the...
by mariza
Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:18 pm
Forum: Land Turtles and Tortoises
Topic: pyramids
Replies: 19
Views: 4746

Re: pyramids

I\'ve heard both that too much calcium is possible and that it isn\'t really a worry with turts. The symptoms of too much Vit. D3 are similar to those of having not enough Vit. D 3. If you feed a varied, balanced diet, your turtle should be OK. I used Rep-cal as well, and my RES gets it about twice ...
by mariza
Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:25 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: swollen eyelids
Replies: 5
Views: 792

Re: swollen eyelids

How long has he been like this? Is he eating at all? What kind of set-up is he in? Get some plain cod liver oil (this is fish oil). Take a q-tip and gently rub a little on his lids (don\'t put it in his eyes) 2X a day. If he won\'t eat (if he can\'t see it, he won\'t eat it) hold something smelly li...
by mariza
Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: Land Turtles and Tortoises
Topic: pyramids
Replies: 19
Views: 4746

Re: pyramids

He can get the Vit D3 he needs from a UVB light (he needs this in addition to a heat/basking light). Many reputable commerical pellets also contain Vit. D3 (and many powdered calcium supplement do as well), but A UVB light would be the best as added insurance. (In the summer, taking him outside on w...
by mariza
Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:21 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: URGENT Skin Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 951

Re: URGENT Skin Problem

Keep the water clean so it doesn\'t get infected (or worse if it already is). And if she doesn\'t respond to treatment, take her to a herp vet.
by mariza
Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:18 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: is this Septicemia
Replies: 9
Views: 537

Re: is this Septicemia

What are you feeding them? (And how much?)