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Post Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:37 pm   Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

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I bought a tiny RES...about 1.5 inches in diameter. I have left it with another bigger turtle, of 4 inches shell diameter. However, this small turtle doesn't eat its food and it is always sleeping. I have provided it with necessary basking and adequate temperature. I am very concerned. What should i do?
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:44 pm   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

Hi, welcome to the forum. You should never house bigger RES with smaller ones. The big ones will bully the little ones, eat all the food and even hurt them. Can you describe your set up, tank size, water temp, basking temp etc? Do you have another tank? You'll probably need to separate them.
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:11 am   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

I agree, please separate them and work on maintaining proper diets and habitats first.
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:40 am   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

I dunno the exact size...the tank is 1ftX1.5ftX9inches. I give it spirulina pellets everyday. I have set the basking temperature at 28 degree celsius.
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:29 pm   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

If its Width: 18" (45.72cm) 1.5 ft
Height: 9" (22.86cm)
Depth: 12" (30.48cm) 1ft

then that would mean its only about 8-9gallons way too small for a RES. You need at least a 55g but eventually 90-120g tank in the long run.
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Post Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:12 pm   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

I hav separated the smaller one..into a tub...but of no avail...it continues 2 sleep throughout the day and is not eatin food at all...I am beginning 2 fear tat it will die...:(...lil help..?
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:05 am   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

Hi, what is the water temperature? Can you keep it at a steady 80F? Can he open his eyes? Does he swim at all?

For trying to get him to eat, try bits of boiled white chicken meat, canned tuna, live earthworms, meal worms or minnows. Try to entice him with smell and movement.
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:37 pm   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

I have kept him at 80F...he doesnt swim or eat at all.....My question is he is too small...an he have live earthworms and mealworms? And how do i entice him with movement?
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:48 pm   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

If he's separated in his own tank, he needs to have the proper equipment in it, just like the other turtle. You might bump up the water to 82F for now. Basking area temp should be 90 - 91F.

Are his eyes swollen? If so, he can't see to eat. If he can see, you could try small, cut up pieces of earthworm, which are better than the meal worms. If his eyes area closed, try holding bits of tuna or sardines in front of his nose if the water and see if he's got any interest in that.
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:47 pm   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

his eyes are swollen....but he opens it occasionally...and i also think that he is lil more active when he is outside water....
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:44 pm   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

Would you be able to get him into some sunlight? You can also try Zoo Med Turtle Eye Drops. He won't likely eat if he can't see.
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Post Posted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:31 am   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

Will getting him into sunlight help?
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:58 pm   Re: Baby RES not feeding..and sleeping 2 much!

If the outside temperatures are good (around 75-85), then some sunlight might be good.
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