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Post by Maestro on Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:05 am

I'm from Stockton, and I keep turtles and some tropical fish such as zebra danios and guppies Smile

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Post by Hodgy_2k5 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:33 am

Welcome to the group mate....You'll have to get some photo's up of your turtle and possible to a write up on them....Im sure loads of users will be interested and no doubt a new trend will be started.

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Post by The Biffster on Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:38 am

hi and 34 to the forum glad to have you on board
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Post by Moggy on Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:31 am

Hi and welcome to the forum, I've always wondered, are turtles hard to keep?

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Post by Maestro on Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:12 am

Thanks Very Happy
Turtles are amazing. Personally, I think they're more interesting than fish since their actions and habits are cute! Especially when they stick their head out of the water to breathe!

Turtles aren't hard to keep. They're very hardy creatures. All they need is warm water (22-26 C), a UVB bulb (simulates the sun as the sun's rays cannot pass through glass and most plastics, it allows the turtle to absorb calcium so as not to develop metabolic bone disease), a basking bulb (warmth, also simulates the sun's heat so the turtle can dry off), basking dock (can use an elevated piece of wood, stacked up rocks etc, above water underneathe the bulbs Smile), turtle food (shrimp, fish, snails), and maybe some cuttlefish bone now and then for bonus calcium Smile
Basically, it's a tropical fishes' environment + bulbs + different food!
The tank can't be full though otherwise it'll escape and possibly fall/crack its shell on the ground D: Some turtles bask more than others, I own a common musk turtle so she's a bottom dweller and more of a scavenger than a hunter. Cooters and sliders are baskers and hunters since they are more streamlined.

Lol, just bombarded you guys with brief turtle info XD
She's eaten 7 of my zebra danios so far though, so I'd think she's a pretty good hunter for a musk turtle. I've got 4 survivors left though!

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Post by Moggy on Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:43 am

com75 wow that was a very informed reply, thanks for taking the time to write it, maybe it's something I would consider in the future, I think the kids would take more interest in them than my fish lol

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