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Post Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:48 pm   new to the turtle game

ok so here we go.
Like any family we went to a flea market and bought a turtle. Two weeks later it died, I think the turtle was already a sick turtle when we bought it but who really knows.
My 8 year old daughter was heartbroken so I called around and was able to find a local pet store that had healthy looking turtles. I did have an impulsive buy and bought a red ear slider and a western painted turtle. both babies. We have had them for a week and it seems like they have actually grown on me and I have grown attached to them.
This time around I did do some research. My husband bought a 10 gallon started kit I'm hoping that in a couple months once they start to grow we will buy a bigger tank.
I have read that the pebbles I bought are actually bad for my turtles so I will be replacing them with bigger pebbles. I'm open to any advise and criticism .

I want to buy the calcium tablets but I'm scared since I only have a 10 gallon tank that it would be too much for them and actually make them sick.
also I do only have a heating lamp so I tend to take them outside so they can catch some rays.
I'm a bit worried that Khaleesi (red ear slider) might not be doing well since she tends to "nest" under the filter and I hardly ever see her basking under the heat lamp. I have attached some pictures so yall would have more of an idea of how I have things set up.
like I said any advice is good!
wait one more thing I have read that having the heat lamp on at night throws off their sleeping patterns is this correct?
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:45 pm   Re: new to the turtle game

Welcome to the forum! You can have a bare bottom tank, it would be fine and easier to clean. Depending on the room temperature, you might need a submersible water heater but leave the lights off at night. I would also skip the calcium block, especially if you are using a reputable pellet.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:54 pm   Re: new to the turtle game

Forgot to mention, but hatchlings are mostly illegal to purchase in the US. Your turtles, like us are diurnal -- sleep at night and active during the day. Most of us put our lights on timers to make it a bit easier for ourselves. If its early and peaceful, your turtles might sneak in a few basking sessions.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:48 pm   Re: new to the turtle game

Oh no! Did I do something wrong by buying them?! I had no idea! Thank you Steve! I do have a submersible heater the tetra heater for up to 30 gallons. I keep checking to make sure the temp is at 78 degrees. I usually wake up at 5:30 am and turn on the heat lamp. I am currently using the baby repot floating sticks. I bought some dried up shrimp when we first bought the first turtle. ( I thought maybe it didn't like the food that was given to me at the flea market) should I wait to give it to them? And one more thing is there an easier way to clean the tank? I used a mild soap with water for the first time until the water came out clear. But it was so hard to keep rising the pebbles and re-washing the glass.... there are many products for the glass and the vacuum for the water. But would you recommend anything?
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:56 pm   Re: new to the turtle game

More like the seller did something wrong. Either way, you have them now :) Are both eating? Reptomin is ok. Keep the shrimp as a rare treat. You usually just need to wipe the tank down, no soap. Sometimes I'll use vinegar or rubbing alcohol. For draining the water, you can get a siphon system I just use clear tubing from a hardware store and a small aquarium pump.
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:47 am   Re: new to the turtle game

Again thank you Steve! so much information! yea both turtles are eating I give them 2 pellets each. I started to look into siphon system for tanks. looks fairly easy! I'll take out more pebbles next time I clean out the thank, but like I said Khaleesi likes to nest she digs herself into a little nest under the filter and that's where she hangs out. Mikey on the other hand likes to move around he is very active and I guess after he is tired he bask on the rock for a while. I did read your post on healthy snacks to give them such a veggies. I think I will start that too.
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:36 pm   Re: new to the turtle game

The more popular siphon is from Python. Turtles do like to squeeze into tight places, be careful that the filter or basking area do not pose threats.
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