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« on: October 24, 2008 11:49:19 AM »

  I have recently been asked to turtle sit indefinately, ( no pet rules) so I don`t want to buy an expensive tank but this red eared slider girl is big!  At the moment I have her in one of those clear underbed storage containers which barely clears her minimum requirements as long as she gets floor time for excercize (she is a feisty girl ) does anyone know of any similar type containers (clear plastic) that might be useful for this situation. (can`t use question mark cause I get a weird E thing instead Huh) also would a turtle be interested in toys or would it just frustrate her from trying to eat it, any info would be welcome for I know nothing!!!
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2008 08:03:19 PM »

sliders take alot of care. the environment should be deep enough for them to dive in. It should also be like a 95% water to dry spot ratio. Also plastic is never a very good option for things like that. It absorbes odor and bactiria, so it will smell and she may get sick.
I would suggest looking on a website like craigslist or in the local paper for a larg, long fish tank.
A few years ago I literally found a slide in the gutter in fron of my house. My roomates decided to keep her, and she is healthy and happy to this day. After searching for a while and keeping her in a small tube similar to the one you described...they found a tank at a yard sale. Cleaned it up really nice and got a good pump and some rocks at a pet store. They then whent to home depot and bought a large tile (like 8X8) amd 2 decorative cinder blocks (like the skinny decorative kind), and after a trip to the river...a bunch of large stones. They used these materials to crate a platform and a cave. It was inexpensive and works really well. It is like a turtle palace. The important thing, reguardless of $ is what kind of environment is best for them. Do some research and I'm sure you'll figure it out. I don't have pics of Stampy's tank but if your interested I'm sure I could get one to show you.
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2008 09:17:25 AM »

  Thanks for taking the time to reply!  I have come into a solution in the most unfortunate way, my big old pleco died the other night and he is the only reason I was keeping that 35 gallon tank going (the few others in there with him would fit in a 10 gallon so now it looks like fishies are moving to a smaller tank and Fluffy is getting new very deep digs in a short while.  Everyone who sees her are amazed at what cute little personable faces these turtles have.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2008 10:10:45 AM »

Very sorry for your loss, but as they say "when one door closes..."
Yes, I'd have to agree about the personality. Stampy loves to chase the cats. Super cute! I'm glad everything has worked out, and you are awesome for keeping her. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008 02:36:06 PM »

What is the length of your turtle? Just so you know you need 5 gallons to every inch of turtle in order to keep a lean healthy and large enough environment. Also definitly purchase a high grade filter preferably for outdoor ponds that hold koi. It will seem spendy but it is worth it in the long run. Cheaper filters will crap out on you very quickly and will clog like crazy. Have fun with your new friend. I'm very bummed that my boy and girl had to stay at my parents.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2008 12:03:54 PM »

  Her shell is 7 inches long so looks like my big tank will fit (just).  This tank has an Aquaclear 300 (backpac style) filter, I like these filters they seem to be real work horses, I suppose I could get a fluval but would rather wait until I am forced to get a bigger tank, (lets face it the people I am turtle sitting for can't seem to get their shit together so I assume the turtle is now mine and I will be purchasing a larger tank again Smiley  )
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2008 09:21:20 AM »

This was the website I used years ago when I got my first turtle: Turtle Times.   It's been a long time since I've been on it but it's a good starting place if you have questions or want to see pictures of habitat setups.  It's also full of information on proper lighting, nutrition and pretty much anything you want to know.  Smiley 


also would a turtle be interested in toys or would it just frustrate her from trying to eat it, any info would be welcome for I know nothing!!!

Well my turtles attempt to eat anything put in to the aquarium (including my hands on occasion).  So I don't put anyting in that they would be able to bite into.  I did put a bubble wand in the tank once. My turtle loved it. He would swim in and out of the bubbles and sit on it.  Smiley



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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2009 06:26:27 AM »

I am a turtle Mommy.  I have Russian Tortoise.  He has a 500 Gallon tank.  His needs are pretty simple because he's a land tortoise.  He's a big guy & needs a lot of room.

I know you posted this awhile back.  You need to have good lighting & heat.  You have to have UVA/UVB lighting.  Good heating is must. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2009 09:28:30 AM »

  Fluffy is in her tank with slate on her basking area (reptiglo bulb) a plastic plant that has to be removed and some glass stars and shells to nose around the bottom she seems happy and really likes people Smiley  Might try the bubble wand next time I get near a pet store.
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