Cuttlebone and Blacklight

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Ryanyde
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A couple more questions to throw out to you turtle experts.

I\'ve removed a plastic casing on my store bought UVB lamp (Which might have inhibited the light rays) and started feeding my turtles cuttlebone.

In any case, on to the questions:

Is it possible to feed them too much cuttlebone? How ever much I put in, they always seem to munch it up quickly, and I hope that I\'m not overfeeding them even with calcium. Would this amount necessary be affected by the fact that one of them has soft shell?

Secondly, is there anything else I could toss in that would be really good as a staple food besides pellets and cuttlebone?

Finally, this is less pressing, if I wanted to see my turtles at night, could I use a blacklight to illuminate the tank?
It seems that blacklight might also provide UVB rays, is that the case?
And would black light affect their sleep pattern?

Thanks again for all the help.
Petunia89
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I am definately no where near an expert...but from what I have read, you should give them some aquatic plants, I can\'t remember the name (someone help me here, maybe anarchis, I know it starts with an A [??]) And you could have veggies available for them too, see the other posts that lists what is good and what is bad. This I think keeps them a little filled up between feedings. As for the cuttlebone, I just always have some them in there. I put it in daily if it is gone. You really want to give them a variety of foods instead of just pellets and cuttlebone. I keep trying the veggies, and I also give crickets and worms for a variety and treat.

I think I have read that a black light is bad for their eyes, maybe someone else can clarify that. The guy at the reptile store tried to talk me into a red light for basking and so I could see them at night and I didn\'t feel ok about it, so I passed. Just sticking to a regular basking light for now.

Well I hope this helps until someone with more knowledge can post!!! They are great with info here!
shelngav
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I dont know about the black light either sorry, but the plant is called anachris. Mine loves it. I also float romaine lettuce and he eats it up. It is good to just try different veggies. Carrots are good too, but stay away from broccoli, spinach, banana, peas and vegetables from the cabbage family. They do something to resist the absorption of (I cant find it in my saved stuff)either Vit A or calcium. It is best not to give them raw meat or chicken. You have to watch about too much protein or fat as well so limit the crickets and feeder fish. I feed mine reptomin pellets mostly and various veggies that I can actually get him to eat. I have given some fish, he ate his snail, which he wasnt suppose to do. I am amazed as the snail was really big compared to him. I will include some links to feeding that might give you an idea.
http://reslider.free.fr/feeding.html
http://www.web.ms11.net/happyturtle/feeding.html
http://www.anapsid.org/reslider.html
http://reslider.free.fr/raising.html
Hope these help.
shelngav
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I found the info on the blacklight. DO NOT USE ONE! Here is the link with the info.
http://www.web.ms11.net/happyturtle/LIGHTING.html
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