Ya at first RES are SUPER shy and wont want anything to do with you but they have a tendency to notice who feeds them and before you know it your RES will do nothing but bother you for food and try to swim to you through the tank. Make sure to get a UV Bulb since its a indoor aquarium, if you dont have one he wont shed and he will have retained scoots (shell pieces). And ya it may take him like a month or so to get the idea or the turtle topper and actually go in it. turtles are alwasy shy while basking, when basking is there most vulnerable time so they tend to not want anything to do with people while basking but more in the water. And turtles can go a LONG Time without basking but eventually they will get whats called "Shell Rot" which is like when you put something in water for too long and it gets soggy...same thing will happen to a turtles shell and it can be fatal. This takes quite a bit of time to happen tho and you can usually tell when it happens because the shell will start to turn black nasty colors and your turtle will prob act alot different then it should. I hear its painful for the turtle. Iv seen turtles with HUGE chunks taken from there shell because they had shell rot, it looks like the equivalent as in a human getting a skin graft which is SUPER painful. When they get it you basically have to scoop out the dead shell like your scooping ice cream from a bucket into your bowl.
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