What to feed my RES

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Wed Oct 05, 2005 3:41 pm

My RES "Dyrtle" only eats when I'm not around and she eats a whooooole lot but she only eats dried-up shrimp. I also got her some fruit and vegetable gel, "she throws it in my face because she doesn't like it. No, she ignores everything else that i feed her, I don't want to stop feeding her the shrimp cause I'm scared I'll starve her but I also want to feed her other health stuff.
Please help me.
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 7:26 pm

if the turtle is big enough try some rodie reds, comet feeder fish.....crickets....as for other i use the reptomin floating sticks made by tetra.....its a pretty decent food so ive been told !

all i do is shake the container and the swim right up to me and its like they are trained by the sound !
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:50 am

Yeah ....repto min pellets....trust me it will eat them as long as you stop feeding the brine shrimp. It wont starve.
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 5:44 am

or mix the dried shrimps with the pellets and keep reducing one while putting more from the other until she gets used to the taste and eats the pellets by themselves
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:38 am

I have tried to mix the shrimp with the vegetable gel but she refuses to eat it. I wanted to feed her some fruits and veggie besides the shrimp but she won't eat anything else. :cry:
The worst is that she will only eat when I'm not home so even if I try to feed her something else, she won't take it from me, (except for my finger of course) :lol:
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:35 am

ok then don't put anything else except floating leaves, let's say lettuce. she'll eat it sooner or later, they don't starve themselves
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:47 pm

^^^^^^^^^^

my point exactly....its called tuff love! :lol:
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Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:01 am

I'm willing to try a little bit of tough luv but how long do I wait before I give in if she doesn't eat the leaves.
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Fri Oct 07, 2005 11:07 am

maybe 5-7 days, give it a try
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Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:23 pm

I love my turtle too much, I don't see myself waiting 5 much less 7 days to feed her. She also a shy one, It kills me when she hides in the corner when I'm around :(
If I do that I'm gonna automatically think that she hates me. There has to be something else I can do. :(
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Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:33 am

don't worry it's for her own good. that's tough love we said, u're not torturing her :wink:
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Sun Oct 09, 2005 3:32 pm

And besides, once she gets hungry enough to eat, she will thank you for providing some nurishment. :D
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Tue Oct 11, 2005 3:08 pm

Thanx guys for the support. I will do it. I have to, It will be for her own good. :wink:
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Tue Oct 11, 2005 3:49 pm

way to go :D
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 6:10 pm

How often should you feed RES? My bigger one is about 1.5 in. I have had him since July, found him crawilng across my drive way. The other one I jst got the other day, and he is smaller. So I was curious how often I should feed them. :roll:
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:01 pm

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 to vegetarians.
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Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:24 pm

My turtles the floating rods and i just put in some feeder fish. So far my bigger one ate 3! I could sit and watch him all day long trying to catch them.LOL :roll:
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Sat Nov 19, 2005 3:14 am

u can control that, flip them and look at their feet holes. if u see flesh coming out like fats then u need to cut the quantity down. i don't know what size are the 3 but i guess u wouldn't have any problems with that :)

enjoy feeding time :D
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