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Post Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:08 am   New to the hobby

I'm Mike and I've had my femal RES Raf for 2 years now. She was purchased at a flea market by my sister when she was the size of a quarter and now she has a SCL of almost 6". We though she was a male and named her Rafael because she's a RES, come to find out she's a she so we kept her name as Raf. She is lethargic and has pyramiding on her front spots and that is due to me only feeding commercial pellets. I didn't do real research until a few months ago. I look forward to finding new information and tips to taking care of my RES.

I do have a question, what is the best aquarium plant to remove nitrate? I was thinking a pothos but I'm now reading that it can be harmful to turtles.
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:09 pm   Re: New to the hobby

https://youtu.be/95PccH6pLBk The link takes u to a video of her
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:13 pm   Re: New to the hobby

Not sure which plant is best but RES usually disrupt them too much. I would rely on partial water changes to control nitrates.
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:45 pm   Re: New to the hobby

Hi welcome to forum ! Yes Steve is 100% correct ! Nothing like a good maintenance schedule. Take your time and read some threads / stickeys also. Adjust your maintenance and her diet to. Get those things under control first ! Down the road then think about plants. Most all turtles will tear them up , be ready for more maintenance then , and a plant tank just to keep up with her. Growing your own is cheaper than keep buying at a LPS.
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