Worried about one of my turtles

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mshbk
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I just got 4 turtles, which I think 3 are sliders, the other one looks a little different, a bit lighter, and yellow bits on it\'s face. the other ones stick together, but this one doesn\'t really get involved at all. It doesn\'t bask with the others(Haven\'t seen it bask ever.) and It\'s not eating when I feed them. it seems less co ordinated, but I\'m relatively new to turtles, so i may be wrong. it was left out, for want of a better word, when it lived with my parents too, so it\'s not because of the move. I tried seperating it to feed it, but it wouldn\'t touch it. Any ideas what might be up?
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Does it have any other symptoms besides not eating? Is it otherwise active?

What are you feeding it? You could try a little boiled white chicken meat or sardine rinsed in water to get it started eating. But try to get it eating pellets, something more nutritious when it starts to eat.

What`s the temp. of the tank water? (78-80 F is good). When you feed it separately, have the water in the feeding container at that temp. as well and leave it alone to see if it eats when it has some privacy. Is there any bullying from the others?
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it doesn\'t seem to have any other symptoms, I\'ve been feeding them, gammurus pellets, river shrimp, ocean shrimp, krill and vegetable pellets, as well as the odd prawn and my dad gave them bits of lettuce.
It does seem quite active, hides at times, but just unlike the others who mostly stick together, it usually stays by itself. I wondered if maybe it was a different species and thats why? the rest always clambour all over each other, and bask together, it just swims while they do it.They don\'t single it out though, never seen them try to attack it, they\'re incredibly sociable, even let you touch the rock while they are basking(to check it wasn\'t too hot.)Haven\'t seen them be aggressive to anyone or thing, which is why I don\'t get why it doesn\'t really join in.
Sorry for the essay, wanted to give as much info as I can. Tank is at 80, and I will try leaving it for a while to feed alone, just doesn\'t seem interested at all. I\'m going to keep a close eye on it for a few days, just in case it\'s a phase, or due to the move(only had them at my house for 2 days.)Thanks
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was the lettuce it was being fed romaine?
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I\'m not sure to be honest, it was before I got them. I\'ve been out today and bought all new heater, uv lighting etc, and I\'m hoping it\'ll perk it up a bit. I took a lot of advice from the guy in the petshop, and had a look at their turtles and set up. I guess it\'s a case of wait and hope for the best right now. Thanks for the help everyone.
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Well some good news, with the new lighting and heating, the turtle appears to be basking, just for a few mins, and still away from the others, but still! I got a chance to look at it better, and I noticed a green spot on his shell, I\'m guessing this needs some attention. Do you think it\'s because it rarely leaves the water?
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Could the green on the shell be algae? Is the shell otherwise healthy? If he never basks, it could lead to fungus and/or shell rot. But maybe he`s taking time to adjust to new surroundings or basking when you`re not around. (Unless the person is really knowledgable, be careful of taking the advice of petstore people.)
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I have taken a great deal of advice both from this forum and from the guy in the shop,(a reptile specialist) and I got the little guy out today, put him in a towel under the lamp and cleaned his shell thouroghly, I got the green off! He\'s perked up a lot today, and he took his time, but he has eaten this evening. I have set up all the new equipment uv lamps, basking lamps, heaters, rocks, floating corks,and a huge tank now too!thanks to all the research I did and the great advice I recieved, all 4 turtles are doing quite well. They are captive bred, as I live in england,and would be in serious trouble if I caught some here, it\'s illegal! lol.
I know I\'ll need to keep an eye on him for a while, but I feel confident things are settling down, and proud that I made the effort to take the advice and ensure that the turtles have all they need to thrive.
This forum has been invaluable in that, I know where to come to find out information as things go on. Well back to cleaning out the tank, hopefully all will continue to go well!(And that eventually he\'ll become less shy with the others!)
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