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What else can I feed them?

Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 11:54 pm
by GGLuis
I have everything ready. I have everything needed: UVB, UVA light, Filter, Natural Rain Water, Heater ( water is 85). My turtles had swollen eyes before, but they seemed to be getting better. The only problem is that they won\'t eat. They will only eat earthworms and fried shrimp. I tried feeding them carrots and ReptoMin Floating Sticks, but they won\'t eat them. What else can I try feeding them? Thanks for your help.
Louis

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 2:39 am
by godlinked86
well usually turtles don`t eat due to the change of diet...if u have fed them a certain kind of food very often they get use to it...then if u change they won`t eat it untill their really despred for food.....try pellets their kinda healthy....buy good ones....

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:02 am
by stunt pogoer
umm... fried shrimp, dude? thats probulaly not very good for ur turtle... my softy had the same problem when i caught her, she wouldnt eat anything until i went to the pet store and bought sun dried baby shrimp. it comes in a little container like reptomin does. she ate that fine, then i moved on to reptomin and she started eating that.... i would also recommend going to the pet store and buying crickets... turtles love crickets and its good for them, too

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:16 am
by dixieee
i feed them dried shrimps..fried is not that good to be fed daily..try differeny types of food always..i can also mix pellets with the shrimps they are eating so they might eat it without noticing

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:20 pm
by GGLuis
What are pellets? Are Crickets good for them? Can I feed them that everyday?

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 10:46 pm
by godlinked86
pellets are those small little bead like foods u use to feed fish.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:46 am
by Bandgeek2709
I have Reptomin food pellets. They are very long, and my turts won\'t eat them unless I break them up into smaller pieces. I also have a food thing that has dried baby shrimp, a different kind of pellet, and mini krill. They like all of those things. I got some fish the other day and they ate two of them. I think the fish are a little fast though! I fed them some chicken one time too. I\'ll get pics of the pellets. How old are your turdees?

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:01 am
by STRAYKINGFISHER
My turtles try to be sneaky with the fish, but they usually get away:D, I give them reptomin, freeze dried bloodworms, cooked chicken(occasionally), and fish flakes(the flakes are actually for the fish but the turtles go after it, the fish usually get the scraps:D

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:03 am
by Bandgeek2709

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:05 am
by STRAYKINGFISHER
Image

Sorry, my eyes were straining:D:D

Re: Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:07 am
by Bandgeek2709
STRAYKINGFISHER wrote:
My turtles try to be sneaky with the fish, but they usually get away:D, I give them reptomin, freeze dried bloodworms, cooked chicken(occasionally), and fish flakes(the flakes are actually for the fish but the turtles go after it, the fish usually get the scraps:D
I put fish flakes in the tank too. The turtles seem to like them. Supposedly turts are supposed to eat tuna too. I haven\'t tried yet. I need to see if they eat veggies. Like lettuce.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:18 am
by Bandgeek2709
Is the picture of the turtle in your siggy your turtle? It looks like a sea turtle in the picture. Is it?

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:22 am
by STRAYKINGFISHER
Yeah, the pic between Taz and the blue poison arrow frog is the pic of my babies:D

Re: Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:52 am
by Bandgeek2709
bandgeek2709 wrote:
Is the picture of the turtle in your siggy your turtle? It looks like a sea turtle in the picture. Is it?
Oh!! I see there are two of them. I thought the shell looked like the arm of the other one, making it look like a sea turtle. My mistake. Doh!! :)

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:09 am
by dixieee
i have those same pellets and dried shrimps..yes turtles do eat lettuce and canned tuna..lettuce should be included in their diet while tuna fish is only for treats..

pellets are small things that contain everything..i mean it by everything (like the 4 food groups together)..i read the ingredients once and was sick

Re: Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:08 pm
by cstanton819
STRAYKINGFISHER wrote:
My turtles try to be sneaky with the fish, but they usually get away:D, I give them reptomin, freeze dried bloodworms, cooked chicken(occasionally), and fish flakes(the flakes are actually for the fish but the turtles go after it, the fish usually get the scraps:D

Is it o.k to give them that much meat?

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:34 pm
by STRAYKINGFISHER
No because it contains too much fat, it is just as a variety, so they don\'t get bored with or get too used to one food item, it is not suggested to give raw meat to your turtles, reptomin should stay in their diet because of all the nutrients it has that other foods (such as chicken) don\'t have.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:09 pm
by cstanton819
So do you give them some veggies also. i thought that at some point they don\'t eat as much meat but more veggies.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:32 pm
by dixieee
meat occassionaly as treats..veggies are good yes it should be included in their diet

Re: Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:36 pm
by GGLuis
bandgeek2709 wrote:
I have Reptomin food pellets. They are very long, and my turts won\'t eat them unless I break them up into smaller pieces. I also have a food thing that has dried baby shrimp, a different kind of pellet, and mini krill. They like all of those things. I got some fish the other day and they ate two of them. I think the fish are a little fast though! I fed them some chicken one time too. I\'ll get pics of the pellets. How old are your turdees?
They are tiny, I have them for almost 7 months.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:37 pm
by GGLuis
I heard lettuce have no effect in turtles though, is it still ok to feed them lettuce?

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:51 pm
by godlinked86
well i`ve been reading up on al ur replies....way cool on all the various foods u feed them...i still use pellets cuz i don`t really want to stink up my tank...mom will give me the lecture....and um GGluis lettuce is alright for turtles...

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:17 pm
by cstanton819
Not Iceberg Lettuce!!!!!!

I feed my baby canteloupe a lot. It doesn\'t dirty up the tank like bananna or lettuce does. I just cut it up into bite size pieces and he loves it. I also give him reptomin pellets for his staple diet. He likes that too, but he will probably eat anything I throw over in there, he is just naturally greedy.
He also eats his bubbles.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:18 pm
by dixieee
my babies ate bananas today:D it was so fun watching them how they bite it (from the big piece)

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:17 pm
by cstanton819
Yeah, my baby loves banannas (but then again there isn\'t much that he won\'t eat)but I wont give them to him too often because the next day I will have the clean the tank guranteed.
So now what I do since banannas are sticky, I cut them into bite size pieces and let them stick to the side of the tank just above the water level. The funniest thing is watching him stick his head out of the water to grab a bite. But I don\'t have to worry about bannanna bits floating in the water making it dirty.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:26 pm
by dixieee
hehe,,yeah i held the pieces until they ate from my fingers..they still messed the tank but it\'s ok for their first time eating bananas

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:37 pm
by mariza
Be very careful about feeding bananas to turtles. Bananas are high in potassium and phosphorus, both of which can interfere with calcium absorption/metabolism. Captive turtles generally get too much of these minerals in the diet already. Bananas also are easily addictive, and a turtle can start refusing other foods/become a fussy eater. Sometimes bananas are used to get a turtle eating or with oral meds. In general, though, bananas should be given very occasionally if at all--about every 6 weeks.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:10 pm
by Bandgeek2709
I fed my turtles bananas and blueberries last night. I don\'t think they like the bananas that much nor the blueberries. It was fun to watch though. :)

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:34 am
by dixieee
oh wise mariza\'s back..glad to see u:)
thanx for the info. about bananas,,strange how they can get addicted to it although they didn\'t like it at the beginning and still didn\'t eat that much,,bandgeek\'s turtles didn\'t like it that much either

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:35 am
by godlinked86
This dude is still stuck to pellets...but my babies still like em....but hey one day i`ll try something different

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:53 am
by dixieee
pellets give the most important vitamins to the turtle..giving them other food is only for variety and extra proteins or whatever

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:45 pm
by GGLuis
Iceberg Lettuce is not the good one to give, that what I heard. Iceberg Lettuce is the one that comes in a ball, then which one is the right one to give them?

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:12 pm
by deesygirl
Romain lettuce is prefered. You can also feed them kale, red leaf lettuce, swiss chard, frozen mixed veggies (thaw first), shredded carrots and squash.

Just don\'t give them spinach. :)

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:49 pm
by slidersroc
its been found that the best thing is actullu dandilion greens because of the anount of calcium, i dont think u can find any now thought

Re: Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:31 am
by rachelmarie
cstanton819 wrote:
He also eats his bubbles.
haha my guy eats bubbles, too. silly turtles.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:52 am
by SQUIRTLE

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:30 am
by SQUIRTLE
yea...i\'m just gonna post my new tank pics up in another post, just reply to the new one

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 3:26 am
by dixieee
wb squirtle i just posted there..
LOL mint eats bubbles too..we make bubles for him and he starts eating them..he looks so cute and stupid:) green watches from the basking rocks and i hear her saying: DUH!!

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:38 am
by GGLuis
I tried buying pellets at the store, but the guy didn\'t know what it was and he told me just to keep feeding them fried shrimp. I only saw pellets, but they were for fish and they only seemed to be floating sticks. I tried feeding carrots, corn and someother green stuff but they won\'t eat it. I don\'t know what else to feed them.

Re: What else can I feed them?

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:58 am
by dixieee