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Hello!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:45 pm
by RSteff
Hi all. My name is Ross and I live outside Houston TX. I found my slider as a hatchling when digging in the backyard. I have had her 5 months now and her name is Mikey. I am also a newbie slider owner and hoping to gain some knowledge here.

Re: Hello!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:30 am
by steve
Welcome to the forum! Do you know where the momma might have come from?

Re: Hello!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:57 pm
by RSteff
The closest body of water is a very small pond in a neighbor's yard that doesn't really hold water...other than that would be drainage ditches. I live in a rural area, so possible she came up the drainage ditches. I dunno but I felt bad for this baby slider by itself...now my wife and I are pretty attached

Re: Hello!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:38 pm
by steve
He's lucky you found him! Are you keeping him indoors or will he have a pond?

Re: Hello!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:07 pm
by RSteff
We just moved her outside. I had her in a 10 gal aquarium inside but she got big quick...she is about 4"long now and needed more space. This past Sunday I moved to an outdoor 110 gal tank. She worried me at first because she wasn't eating and I wasn't sure she was basking but I found her basking and eating today...so just new home jitters I guess. She swims and plays a lot now! It's great!

Re: Hello!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:30 am
by steve
You'll need to carefully monitor her diet as 4" is pretty big for a 5-mo old RES. Also you will need to protection around the pond to keep out any predators and make sure she doesn't wander off.

Re: Hello!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:02 pm
by RSteff
Thanks for the info. I have recently pulled back how much I was feeding her after reading some posts on this forum. She would beg like crazy at feeding time and I think I was overfeeding. I am now just giving her enough pellets to fit in her head (read that on here) twice a day. I also have her tank elevated on a platform to prevent ground predators but will definitely need to protect her from birds.

Re: Hello!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:18 pm
by steve
I think that's still too much. Maybe do 1/3 of head size every day, or a full size every 3 days. Make sure she has lots of veggie options too, there's no hard limit on that (though you want to keep an eye on any excessive eating of any kind).

Re: Hello!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:30 pm
by RSteff
Ok. Thank you. I will pull it back to a 1/3 of head size daily and add veggies. I definitely don't want her unhealthy. Thanks again