General Care Discussion :: new turtle help?

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:07 am   Re: new turtle help?

i thought male RES maxed at around 8 in? unless hes not an adult, which i guess is also likely

and i have been! i have a good variety of foods picked out and in my chewy cart right now that were recommended to me on another turtle forum, including mazuri and omega one pellets plus some wheat germ koi pellets to help with sheds and some treats and cuttlebones and whatnot
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:57 am   Re: new turtle help?

They can, but males and females don't usually reach their max sizes.
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:21 am   Re: new turtle help?

finally have him(her?)! hes active, inquisitive and seems healthy and his shell looks okay, but hes not taking food. i assume this is normal, considering his stressful day yesterday, but how long should i give him before this becomes an issue? how long can he go without eating? can i entice him into it any sooner?
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:32 am   Re: new turtle help?

nvm he ate a pellet, so if he eats the other ones im letting float around ill feed him a bit more later
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:09 am   Re: new turtle help?

he keeps scratching/swimming at the wall of the tank in my direction? the water level's a bit shallow right now because i didnt want to stress him but would filling up the tank further maybe fix whatever is making him do this? is he bored? does he want out? he also seems to not want to crawl onto his dock, or he doesnt know how? hes mostly hiding under it
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:40 pm   Re: new turtle help?

here are a bunch of images of him because i dont think his shell is as healthy as i thought: https://imgur.com/a/pjqNPK9
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:39 pm   Re: new turtle help?

im anxiety posting but is sand as dangerous as people like to say? i mean, they live in mud naturally so why is it so hard for them to filter it out? if i put rocks in the bottom how big should they be exactly, where can i get them, and how much of it should i cover? should i fill the tank up to above how long his shell is so he can actually swim right now, or wait?

how can i entice him onto his dock? it's at a suitable temperature but he just doesnt seem interested.

can i take him out and let him explore my room or take him outside or just let him settle in, because it really seems like he wants out of the tank
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:46 am   Re: new turtle help?

I would increase the water a little bit more. They like to do the swimming/scratching thing... they're explorers and like to forage. Sand is fine and safer compared to other substrates. If you use rocks, preferably river rocks, make sure they are larger than his head. To get him to bask, he might need some more privacy initially. I would avoid taking him out, let him adjust.
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:24 pm   Re: new turtle help?

he seems to be settling in well! hes healthy, curious, and honestly pretty brave; hell come right up to the edge of the tank and follow my movement around the room.

he is shedding though; can i help him in any way with this or will he deal with it on his own?

he also doesnt seem interested in leafy greens; how can i make him eat them? he likes all his pellets and eats carrot bits and meal worms but i know he needs more plant matter. ive been trying to get him to eat red lettuce
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:46 pm   Re: new turtle help?

Is it skin shedding or shell? Pick up a veggie clip (a $2 plastic clip found in the fish section @ pet stores) and try that with his greens.
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:26 am   Re: new turtle help?

its his shell and will do
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:37 am   Re: new turtle help?

If the scutes are thin and translucent, they should easily come off on their own.
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:53 pm   Re: new turtle help?

he should be all good then! i also think he ate a little bit of lettuce! that or he ripped it off the clip and some of it is stuck in the filter lmao

also one last question maybe: do you recommend any specific filters for a 50 gallon? ive been looking at a lot because his current filtration deal isnt fantastic and id like to get something high quality
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Post Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:06 am   Re: new turtle help?

If you're looking for a canister, usually a Penn Plax Cascade will be OK for that amount of water. But the next step up will be a Fluval FX canister filter.
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