Hello!! :) - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
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post #1 of 9 Old 03-04-2014, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Hello!! :)

Hey! I'm new here. I am the proud owner of 2 young red eared sliders. They are adorable ^_^
They are currently in a 20 gallon tall tank. They just upgraded after a move and are quite excited for all the extra room. I am looking into aquatic plants for the tank.

These are my first turtles. I've had fish all my life though. I'm very excited for the switch :) I am always open to advice and DIY tips!!
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-04-2014, 03:55 PM
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Welcome to TFK!

Enjoy them while they're small and a bit less work. lol They'll need a bigger tank in about a month or two, and a 75+ gallon -long- tank when they're done growing. =P Long tanks are really the best because they need docks to get out on and space to swim and climb about. Youngsters risk drowning if they get caught under something in a tall tank.

I miss my painted turtle. I used to have one that I rescued from some nasty kids in the park, they were drilling holes in his shell! Little twerps!

Take good care of them. :3
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-04-2014, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!! I have a 55 Gallon Long tank for them at home. I've been looking into the best way to build shallow areas and docks in the tank for them so they have plenty of places to come up :) Right now, I have one shallow place and 2 docks. (I just got the tank yesterday!)

Any opinions on sand for them? One of mine LOVES to dig so it gets really loud at night haha his fave time to dig :P Sand would be sooo much quieter. I've seen some people say that sand is great for them, just make sure you clean it well. Some say that you shouldn't use it....?
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-04-2014, 10:06 PM
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I don't know. I've always used large rocks too big for them to swallow or move, long flat ones for docks and such that were smooth but had a few uneven places for grip. I'm sure you could, very few animals are dumb enough to eat sand, not without reason, and some live in areas where the bottom IS sand. Problem would be...would they get any with their food, and would it be good, bad or neither one for them.
You can ask around in the turtle area though. I haven't kept turtles in so many years, about 15-20 it's been since I lost Draco, my last aquatic turtle I rescued. =(



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post #5 of 9 Old 03-05-2014, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks!! I'm excited to start building an awesome habitat for them, but I want to do it right :)
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-05-2014, 09:29 AM
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Welcome ,it's great to here you are excited about giving them a great habitat.You may save a bit of money by going to their permanent home next instead of another temporary one.Good Luck
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-05-2014, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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ok! I'll try that. Does make sense lol much cheaper and easier setup wise :)
Thanks for all the help and advice!!
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post #8 of 9 Old 03-05-2014, 03:30 PM
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hello and warm welcome.
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Thanks willow! :)
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