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Post Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:02 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

I have no idea. Life as a turtle is rough enough but to have to deal with your cuttlebone like that sucks. ;)
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:23 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Wait, what?! I have to take the backing off? :O I've just been buying the turtle cuttlebone and throwing it in the water. They chomp away at it. Am I hurting them ?? :(
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:53 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Is it "Turtle Bone"? They sometimes don't have a backing. I don't think small pieces are harmful, though you'll want to avoid it anyway.
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:21 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Ok, thank you. Yes, it's a turtle bone one, but it still has backing. Had no idea. It's not like the box says "break up and peel backing." Yeesh, why wouldn't they tell us that?
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:37 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

My Turtles ignore (won't eat) the cuttle bone if the hard side is down. Reversed they swim up to it get lip lock on it and push it away, leaving a little furrow. So far they haven't eaten a noticeable portion of the backing. When the edges are stripped to the depth of their mouthes, I pull it out of the water and hit it with a dremel until the hard edges are gone. Even when it's down to smaller pieces they don't seem interested in eating the hard part.
I tried attaching the bone to a long stainless steel bolt & nut. It was great floating just below the surface. That worked for about a week but once the bone sinks, the way the tutles jerk it around, brought me to the brink of terror for my tank; so I went back to just letting the bone swim and drift on its own. When they want it they actively search for it even if it has drifted under the filter. They are really pretty creative when it comes to satisfying a want. The only thing I feel I must say: If you buy a cuttlebone packaged for birds, removing the metal clip meant to hold it to the cage seems pretty important.
:? I don't understand why the bones sold without the clip and packaged for turtles cost more than the equivalent parakeet bone with a clip.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:15 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Any product marketed towards turtle keepers will come with a slight or significant premium :(
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:33 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Sorry to bump such an old thread, but here are my two cents:

-I don't think it was ever mentioned why you need to do this - with the reason being that the turtle cannot digest the backing itself.
-It's not mentioned anywhere on the packaging that you have to do this, which is too bad. It doesn't come intuitively to have to remove the backing.
-Don't try to do this after they're wet.... they crumble. :)
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:27 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

One more point on this topic - I've heard cuttlebone can really screw with your ph. Noticed mine was higher than usual and removed the left-over cuttlebone. Will see if it results in any changes.
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