I forgot to let water sit out for my turtle but i changed the text and now theres no water is it ok to use bottled water
just fill up your tank with regular water. Turtles need no chemical. Bottled is fine but expensive..
No chemicals but ‘amquel’ for the feeders so they don’t die.
some care advice?
Remember 10 gallons for every inch of turtle.
And my pictures don’t lie. All ages and all sizes get along as long as their is allot for swim room and plenty to eat!
Sliders, westerns, cooters , midland, painted, map, yellow bellied all are basically the same and require the same basic care.
They NEED calcium and protein they get it from the fish meat and the fish bones. Drop 20 or 30 or so feeder guppies, goldfish or minnows in the tank and watch them disappear in a few days! The more they eat the healthier the turtle. When I got these two 36 yrs ago all we had in back then were goldfish to feed so after 36 yrs and still going strong. They can eat goldfish!
This way when they swim for their dinner they get exercise also!
TOSS in a bird cuttle bone in the water for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve real slow and if they eat it that’s fine!!
They can have garden worms, meal worms, snails, crickets, flies, crayfish small frogs, slugs, tadpoles dragon flies and anything that moves, but only as a treat.
They need leafy greens Romaine, Butter lettuce. (Iceberg and cabbage are bad for them, any other leafy greens will do) for vitamin A that they need at least 3 to 4 times a week.
They love grapes and strawberries and squash apples.
.**Swollen cloudy eyes which means lacking in Vitamin A. Which we all need for good eyes. Google ‘vegetables with Vitamin A.
Did you know that they need to bask under a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a day for the vitamin D that they need to grow.
They need a turtle basking dock.
Gravel larger than they can swallow
Leave the heater on 78 to 80 degrees always.
These turtles in captivity do not hibernate their eating may slow down some but they will not hibernate.
They will bite very very hard. Under 4″ they carry a disease called ‘salmonella’. So you must wash after every handling ANY size turtle..
These guys can become cannibalistic and will kill the smallest turtle if there is not enough room and food.
Their water needs to be clean otherwise they get sick easily from dirty water cause they poop allot. You need a good filter system!
Total Body length: 5-8″ average for males, up to 12 inches max for females. Life span: 15-25+ years
Males have the longer front nails and are used in mating. And are considered mature at about 5 yrs old. You can’t start sexing till about 3” across.
They sleep at the bottom of rivers, streams. lakes or ponds or your tank to avoid predators like coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, possums, raccoons and even some wide mouth bass and us humans.
They get sick easily, shell rot is actual holes rotting through the shell.
Respiratory sickness, lopsided swimming, coughing, vomiting, blowing bubbles from their nose.
Fungus white cotton patches on their skin, treat by adding a 1/4 of a cup of aquarium salt per 5 gallons to irritate and hopefully kill fungus. The addition of sulfa drugs such as those sold at pet stores under the name “Dr. Turtle” also should help kill fungus. Here is one source that sells Dr. Turtle. They also now sell a Sulfa dip by Zoo Med to treat bacteria and/or fungus.
Contact the “www.anapsid.org/societies, for a turtle vet / RESCUE in your city and state or country..
Tap water should be fine as long as the amount of chemicals in it is not too high. Try purifying drops, or one trick I’ve heard is to let the tap water sit for a day or two in some kind of container before adding it to the tank.
Most bottled water is safe enough, although tap water is more closely regulated. Do you really think that the water you drink is not safe for a turtle to swim in?
you can use tap water for way cheaper, just use instant water conditioner specialy made for turtles
Hey, i personally think it is better as it does not have chlorine in it and it is more healthier anyway.