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Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:40 pm
by VeipaCray
The FX5 is a good choice... you cant go wrong with that filter for a turtle.

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:44 pm
by happycamper
steve wrote:
happycamper wrote:I remember defending my little submersible filter when I first joined this forum...


I hope we were easy on you :)


Hey, I'm still here aren't I? :wink:


VeipaCray wrote:@ happycamper: sorry it was probably me who was poking you about your submersible. :oops:

Hopefully you can see the difference now that you have a proper filter. Hopefully your turtles are healthier as well.


I can't remember who was involved, but I'm sure Sheldon would thank them if he could! The FX5 is amazing.

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:48 pm
by kerby
Yeah all i was saying is that for a small turtle a small filter will be fine for the mean time till you can pay for/ get a better one because the they get the bigger the poo ewww lol i should have ben more clear

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:53 pm
by slider_keeper
its a good idea to just get the biggest filter possible so you don't have to buy a new filter every couple of months. The same applies to a tank the bigger you go at the start the less money you will spend overall.

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:05 pm
by happycamper
slider_keeper wrote:its a good idea to just get the biggest filter possible so you don't have to buy a new filter every couple of months. The same applies to a tank the bigger you go at the start the less money you will spend overall.


Yep, I have a 55 gallon tank and a Fluval 405 sitting in my garage. Should have gone big from the get go!

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:18 pm
by slider_keeper
its all good at least you got what you needed some don't do that

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:37 am
by Listen97
I've never been a fan of ehow. Most of the information they provide is useless or outdated. If I'm not mistaken they created some kind of computer algorithm that searched the internet for a topic then it automatically created an ehow page. If it can't create a page then they have users (freelance employees) create them based on popular searches. The users don't even have to know anything about the topic they get paid either way.

I forget what I was searching for I think it was how to get recorded video off of my DVR to my PC. They stated you take the DVR plug it in with an ethernet cable, they even stated you need to have the clip end up and make sure it clicks. Um my ethernet port is sideways and I can't force the plug in that way. They then proceeded to say it would send video over the ethernet so you can record it. Told you to open your computer video program, hit play on the DVR and then hit record on your player. Never mentioned it needed to be a video editing program. I remember doing that back in the day when you have to record to VHS or Cassette, those were the days lol.

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:14 pm
by steve
I'd say thats a pretty accurate assessment of them. User generated content and aggregator sites draw huge amounts of traffic and make a nice profit despite their content. Another thing that bugs me are sites trying to look legit by having you add their link to your site. They usually offer me several links to their sites for just posting one of their links.

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:14 pm
by kiki123
Hi,

I have a red eared slider that about 13 years old. I live in Chile, South America. For at least the last 5 winters my turtle has spent hibernation at the bottom of her pond, which is about 4 feet deep. My family allowed it to brumate in that pond even when temperatures fell below freezing for most part of the winter and it did fine for years. Now that I am back home and feel that it is dangerous to leave her out there, I took her indoors as soon as it got that cold. I am not sure if i did the right thing or if should have allowed her to brumate like she has done the past years. Now she is inside the house where temp. is bit higher. Should I slowly lead her back to brumation outside? Should I allow her to brumate indoors? or should i start to slowly lead her out of brumation and keep her inside?

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:55 am
by ljapa
I live near Chicago. There are many wild RES in ponds around me. This winter our lows approached -30 celcius and stayed below -20 for days at a time. The RES made it through fine.

This was a very cold winter, but I also don't think the main pond near here is more than 4 or 5 feet deep.

I know RES can brumate with ice covered ponds. I don't have any advice about putting your turtle back out.

Check out

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=32920&p=322881&hilit=Ice#p322881

And you might consider reporting this in the outdoor turtle section.

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:20 am
by kiki123
Great thank you so much!

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:08 am
by DaisyDUB
This might have already been discussed, but I wanted to know what is the safest(less stressful) way to clean RES turtle. Specifi, is there anything, chemical I should/shouldn't use? Is there something special I need to use to clean him, I.E, toothbrush, wash cloth?
Thanks in advanced! :)

Re: Fundamentals on Turtle Care

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:42 pm
by steve
It most cases, you don't need to clean the shell. A minimal way would be a damp towel and wipe the shell occassionaly. Scrubbing with a toothbrush is OK, especially if there is a bit of algae on the shell. Sometimes diluted Betadine/Hibiclens is recommended where there are injuries or infections to be dealt with.