General Care Discussion :: My RES eating river rocks

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:54 pm   My RES eating river rocks

I got these type here two bags worth

https://www.amazon.com/Exo-Terra-Turtle ... B0035HD408

I was walking up to the tank and I've been noticing for a few day she will be messing around with the rocks in the tank.. well she took one about as wide as her mouth and she somehow swallowed it.. I thought the whole point of large was for her not to be able to fit them into her mouth? So what's going to happen now??
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:32 am   Re: My RES eating river rocks

Yikes! The rocks should be bigger than her head. Hopefully she can pass it. Keep an eye out for other symptoms. Those in the link is your regular river rock with a premium price.
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:58 am   Re: My RES eating river rocks

I will be checking meanwhile I took all the rocks out
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:25 am   Re: My RES eating river rocks

I heard from here you can get river rocks from Home Depot? Also what about some sand? I have a bag of fluorite I’m not even sure if I can use that as a substrate.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:12 am   Re: My RES eating river rocks

Lots of places sell river rock.. I got some from IKEA last time. Just make sure you clean them first, usually very hot water does the trick (do not boil them though).

VeipaCray wrote:Pool filter sand or play sand from the hardware store. It's talked about earlier in this thread.

You do not want aragonite sand (calcium carbonate). This sand will slowly dissolve and buffer calcium into the water raising the PH. This sand is useful in saltwater reef setups.

You want regular silica based sand. If the sand is too fine (sugar fine), when the turtle walks on the sand youll have a dust storm. General purpose play sand or pool filter sand is the best. Play sand needs to be rinsed and sifted for pebbles. Pool filter sand is ready to use as is.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:23 am   Re: My RES eating river rocks

I just searched ikea I don’t see any rocks offered on the site
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:30 pm   Re: My RES eating river rocks

What about fluorite?
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:59 am   Re: My RES eating river rocks

IKEA doesn't list a lot of things at their garden section, but dollar stores should have some too. Florists/garden centers/hobby shops are other locations, but that might be more expensive.
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:42 am   Re: My RES eating river rocks

I will check around
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:35 am   Re: My RES eating river rocks

Why not boil the stones? I boil anything I put in my tank (rocks, pots for the plants, everything), is that bad?
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:10 am   Re: My RES eating river rocks

Boiling it can cause an explosion if there are air/liquid/gas trapped in them. People do pour boiling water over rocks, but don't have it over or in your stove/oven.
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