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Fri Sep 30, 2005 12:14 am

Hello All!

It's been awhile since I posted on here. Hope you are all doing well, as well as your pets.

I have had 2 baby red ear sliders for about a year now and I recently received a baby painted turtle as a gift. It was very small when I got it and was eating well. I put this baby in my 75 gallon tank with the other RES and everything seemed to be fine. I have a the whole set up to the T and for some reason the baby painteds shell is curling at the ends. Why? The other two turtles are doing fine and growing quick. I am not able to have another tank so I need to help this baby or get rid of it. If anyone wants it, please let me know and I will ship it to you free of charge!

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Nick
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Fri Sep 30, 2005 6:38 am

wb :) are they being aggressive to it? is the shell soft? any signs of illness?
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Fri Sep 30, 2005 9:22 am

No signs of illness. It is eating fine. And it really isn't being bullied by the other ones unless it's feeding time. They push the wee one around a little then.

The shell is still semi soft and I think it's just because it's still so small.


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Nick
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Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:14 am

ok so why do u wanna get rid of it?? :)
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Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:52 am

"Soft-shell" and shell curling in young turtles is caused by nutritional imbalances, especially calcium deficiency. A balanced diet, with vitamin and mineral supplementation when necessary, can correct the problem.
From: http://critterguy.museum.msu.edu/Care/BoxTurtles.html
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Fri Sep 30, 2005 12:48 pm

I don't want to get rid of it. But I also want to make sure it has a good home and is healthy. I have been giving it rep-cal probably every other feeding or so....
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Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:15 pm

does it bask enough under UV lights? btw, for the growth difference, painted turtles are much smaller than RES's when they are mature so it should be normal that it is growing slower
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Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:24 pm

All it does is bask. The only time it swim that I see is when I feed 'em. (but I work 8-5). I have had the UVB light for just under a year now and plan to get a new one this weekend. I heard that they loss there power after a year....
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Sat Oct 01, 2005 9:48 am

yes they do get dimmer. hmm stress on calcium for the little guy then..
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