My turtle\'s shell is really dirty..

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bomerbuoy
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hello, my turtle\'s shell is really dirty. when i first bought it it was very clean. i change the water every week, and feed. but i don\'t get it.. why is the turtle\'s shell so dirty? and i can\'t even see patterns on my turtle\'s shell.. please help me
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Sometimes your turtle will get growing on the shell. This does not hurt them in anyway but it does not look nice. You can take a soft tooth brush and gently brush the turtles shell. I do it under gently running water. Here is the info from the first aid pages.
8) Algae on your turtle:

Some algae is ok, it helps with camouflage! You should remove some of the algae if it seems excessive. Ensure the shell is clean if your turtle has had a shell problem previously.

To remove the algae, use a soft brush (like an old tooth brush) and brush it off. You can do this under warm running water.
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