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Pictures of Oliver :)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:35 pm
by Myrie_011
Hey all,

Here are a few pictures of my little monster, Oliver.
You might notice that his tank is slightly cloudy, that is simply because he got a brand new filter for his 3rd birthday. :)

Also, if you guys have any suggestions on things I could add to make his tank less boring by all means feel free to leave them here.

Re: Pictures of Oliver :)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:20 pm
by steve
What kind of light are you using for the basking area? I would try to get the Zoo Med dock bars up, rather than down. A few, smaller turtles have been caught and drowned. What's the clear tube? Is it the filter output?

Pretty good birthday present :)

Re: Pictures of Oliver :)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:43 am
by Myrie_011
The lights are:
- Repti Tuff Splash proof Halogen lamp
- Repti Sun 5.0 UVB Mini Compact Fluorescent

Good idea about the bars. Never thought of that.

And yes, the white tube is the filter output. The Marineland' outlet tube is very short and I would have ended up with a jet of water about an inch over the water level. Is there issue with having the tube there?

Thanks for the advice!

Myrie

Re: Pictures of Oliver :)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:51 pm
by Myrie_011
Also I am aware that his coloring is not ideal. I should mention that I did not have the proper placement of his UVB light prior to finding this forum and have been struggling to feed him veggies... currently on a pellet only diet. I have now placed his UVB over his basking area and making jello shots for him tonight! :) I hope he likes them and that his coloring improves over time.

Re: Pictures of Oliver :)

PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:33 pm
by steve
I dont think there will be an issue with the tube, though you won't have any surface agitation. Less oxygen in the water will affect the nitrogen cycle and you'll develop protein/oil slicks on the surface. His coloring looks fine from the pics, not sure what the issue is. Try veggie clips... they will hold his greens for him and its easier for them to nibble on them.

Re: Pictures of Oliver :)

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:45 pm
by Myrie_011
The water does get agitated at the surface. The jet of water from the tube hits the far wall of the aquarium creating little eddies at the surface. As for his color, I find that he is looking grey, washed out... not as vibrant as he used to be when younger. I figured that was because he was on a pellet only diet. I made him Jello shots and he went nuts for it. Better color or not, he is finally eating veggies :) And I also learned he loves carrot shavings.

Re: Pictures of Oliver :)

PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:32 am
by steve
Males will become melanistic, so being grayer and darker is actually normal for older RES.

Re: Pictures of Oliver :)

PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:30 am
by Kansasslider
You can put all kinds of stuff in with him. Mopani wood, drift wood, fake plants etc.