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Question on feeding 1 year old terrapins

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:16 am
by eggster
Hi guys,

I would like to confirm if I am feeding the right kind of food for my terrapins.

Currently, I am feeding them lettuce in the morning everyday and pallets once every 2 days at night.

Can I check if I am underfeeding them? This is because they look hungrier then usual.

Also, I am cultivating duckweed for the terrapins. I am using water from the terrapin tank to cultivate the duckweed but they seem to be growing slowly. I thinking of using organic fertlizers to speed up the growth. Do you think the use of fertilizers will be harmful to the terrapins when they consume the duckweed?

Re: Question on feeding 1 year old terrapins

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:40 pm
by steve
You can do pellets every day, just limit the amount. How much lettuce are you using? I'm not sure about the fertilizers, are they getting enough light?

Re: Question on feeding 1 year old terrapins

PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:47 am
by eggster
I am following the standard guide of using their head to gauge the amount of lettuce to give. i do notice they do not quite like lettuce as they take a really long time to finish it while they gobble up the pallets in quickly

As for the duckweed, yes, they are getting quite a good amount of sun light. I live in Singapore which get sun light everyday. I am thinking the water might not contain enough nitrites as i do have biomedia in the filter which breaks down the nitrites

Re: Question on feeding 1 year old terrapins

PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:41 am
by steve
What if you average it out to 1/3 head size a day? How much lettuce are you using?

Re: Question on feeding 1 year old terrapins

PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:35 pm
by ljapa
Duckweed can use the nitrates in the water. I grow duckweed using the tank water, so it's all enclosed. It definitely goes through periods where it is growing incredibly fast and others when it is slow.

I know the wild duckweed I see in ponds here seems to hardly grow and then explodes. I think it is temperature related, but it could be sun.

Duckweed needs very still water. I don't think you will harm anything by adding fertilizer. However, I'd float any duckweed you harvest in a bucket of tank water to help dilute any residual fertilizer before feeding.

What are you using to grow the duckweed in?

Re: Question on feeding 1 year old terrapins

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:53 pm
by mythicalpet
I would recommend you to feed less pellets and offer small amounts of lettuce bit by bit.