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Post Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:27 pm   Minor Shell Rot - is it more?

Notice our red ear slider was incredibly lethargic about a month ago. We swapped lights in May and got a full spectrum light - turns out no UVB. We switched the bulbs and have been sunning him for about 30 mins a day and also dry docking him for about six hours a day. He gets Reptomin pellets daily, broccoli & zucchini a few times a week. There are gold fish in the tank - they're bigger now and he doesn't tend to bother them. His set up is 250 gallon tank with floating docks. Tank has an Eheim Professional 3 filter on it - water gets changed and filter cleaned at least once a month. There is a heater now that it is winter, the temperature is usually around 80 degrees. The tank is in the living room - there are windows on the other side of the room. It has little activity - no drafts.

He’s about thirty years old.

We had been doing a betadine bath with a toothbrush for about two weeks. The shell had a little rot on the one side and there was pink on his belly and around his mouth. His belly has completely cleared up. There is a little pink still around the mouth. Energy level has mostly come back in the tank - not very active out of it. He used to chase us around before - was super active. He has an appetite and eats every morning. There is a little wet/gurgle sound when you take him out of the tank. He does not breathe through his mouth when he's out. There was a noticeable amount of swelling around his front left arm about a month ago. That has gone down by about 75% since we've fixed the lighting issue. He does move around, but not like he used to. He is level in the water. Should we be dry docking him more?
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Post Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:46 am   Re: Minor Shell Rot - is it more?

How much are you dry docking him now? And are you done with the Betadine? Some of what you described could be related to the changing seasons, but they all have different personalities and act their own way.
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Post Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:21 pm   Re: Minor Shell Rot - is it more?

He's getting about 6 hours of dry docking right now. We have been doing once a week betadine baths the last couple of weeks. The biggest concern is the wet sound when we first take him out of the water. I've never noticed it before. If it's normal great, if not, then what should we do? Thanks!
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:49 am   Re: Minor Shell Rot - is it more?

It is normal for him to breath through his nose. Hard to know what the sound is from the way it's described. If you've had him for a couple of years, you will know and recognize any behavior that is not normal for him. You should act on your instinct, but I doubt most vets will be able to do anything based just on that symptom.
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