Rescued turtle, how to help it?

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aidanyyyy
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Hi, just rescued a red eared slider, its about 12 years old and its shell is about 4.5 inches long. With its previous owner, it was in a super small tank, with a basic floating basking area with no lighting. It was basically fed only pellets. Now, its in a large enough tank with a filter and gravel at the bottom, a nice basking area with a UVA light. This is also our first turtle, and would like some advice on how to keep it healthy, and to help it recover. Stuff like how much to feed it, how much it will grow, and what and what not to feed it. Currently, we are feeding him about 12 pellets every other day, and some leafy green vegetables once in a while. We also have a cuttlebone floating around in the tank as a source of calcium.I was just wondering if anyone here has had experience with rescued turtle, and how they will recover? Will he ever grow back to a normal size? Just want some general advice, and see if anyone has had a similar experience Thanks!!! :D :D
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Sounds like you are doing well so far!
Can you take pictures of your turtle and it’s enclosure?
If he is a male RES, he might not grow too much bigger than now. If she is female, potentially She might get double the size.
Males have long and thicker tail with his cloaca(everything hole) near the top. Also nails on front legs grow long. Females have shorter tail with cloaca close to base of tail.
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