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Post Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:04 pm   

dcaron1217 wrote:I notice that there are some of you with one year or younger turtles and you feed lettuce and carrots. I feed my RES Reptomin pellets every day. I've tried bits of Romaine but not interested. I'd like to try carrots. Do you shred them?
Another question I have...do you take your RES out and feed in another tank?

I've tried carrots and Crush never seems to like them, yet he seems to be a "normal" turtle but yes you have to shred them.
There is a purple lettuce and I am not sure if Crush eats them but he shreds them. And aquatic plants are good to introduce well for at least my plants.

Every time I tried to feed out of the tank, he would just sit in his shell. I feed him in his tank and clean it out completely every other week.

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:48 pm   

Ya, turtles always shred plants into pieces within a day or two. And yes he is probably eating it. If you want to provide nutritional aquatic plants, try these:

* Amazon Swords
* Anacharis*
* Duckweed*
* Frogbit
* Hornwort
* Nasturtium
* Pondweed
* Water Fern*
* Water Hyacinth*
* Water Lettuce
* Water Lily*
* Water Milfoil
* Water Starwort

*Highly recommended

This is from the main site.

As for veggies, my turts will eat pretty much anything, but they especially like carrots, tomatoes, green beans and zucchini.
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Post Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:15 pm   

Where do you get these aquatic plants? I can't seem to find them around here and anacharis is illegal here.

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Post Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 1:21 pm   

I have 2 RES that I've had for about 3 weeks so far and i finally have set a good feeding schedule for them, i think they are quite happy!

Turtle Age: i think maybe about a year or so...

Turtle Size: they are almost 4.5 in. long. (about how old does that make them?)

Turtle habitat: Indoor 40 gallon water tank

Sunday: a.m: about head size of Reptomin Pellets each p.m: red/green leaf lettuce with thin carrots strips

Monday: a.m: about head size of Reptomin Pellets each p.m: assortment of baby mixed greens (minus the spinach)

Tuesday: a.m: about head size of Reptomin pellets each p.m: green/red leaf lettuce and slices of steamed sweet potato

Wednesday: a.m: about head size of Reptomin pellets each p.m: green/red leaf lettuce and yellow squash, i pulled out the little seeds, i wasn't too sure about them...

Thursday: a.m: about a head size of Reptomin pellets each p.m: dandelion greens and left over sweet potato

Friday: a.m: head size pellets in the morning p.m: assortment of baby mixed greens and thin mango slices

this is what i gave them throughout this past week, I'm sure I'll vary things to change it up a bit.


sometimes I've thrown in a few little pellets of ZooMed natural Aquatic turtle food, which came with the turtles. but it says its for hatchlings so i have been using it as a treat...

I'm still trying to wean them off the Reptomin to 3 days a week, but they've become such little beggars! and i can't help myself (':oops:') they've been swimming up the surface to "greet" me :D

and they are crazy for sweet potato, mango and apple slices!(what a sweet tooth!) they don't really chew, they sort of just devour it! Last week I gave them too much mango and apple, but I'm learning! I've also noticed that they prefer the baby greens and dandelion greens over the red/green leaf lettuce...I have to try radish greens... and blueberries!
oh! can you give them edamame beans? i'm wondering...

There's also some cuttlebone floating around, i hadn't seen them touch it till last nite!

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Post Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 6:26 pm   

I've never posted my feeding schedule, so here it is, at least for now!

Turtle size = just under 4".
Turtle age = I've had him since the end of September 2007, I'm guessing he's about 9 months or a year old now.
Tank = 40 gallon breeder

Every morning, head-full of pellets. Every evening, some veggie or fruit I have on hand, leafy lettuce is the veggie at least half of the time, carrots, grapes, zucchini, blueberries. He loves his lettuce, though! Cuttlebone, about two head-sized pieces twice a week. Occasionally a freeze-dried cricket or a piece of cooked fish.
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:58 pm   

Turtle Age : one year
Turtle Size : 1.5 inches
Turtle habitat : indoor

this is what i usually try to do

Sunday - pellet, reptomin and turtle bite (a few, about 2)
Monday - veggies, or a type of fruit i have like strawberries
Tuesday - half of a reptomin pellet and an asortment of veggies (cabbage, okay?)
Wednesday - PELLET DAY!! everything pellet!
Thursday - random day, either pellets or just veggie only
Friday - sometimes, shrimpz
Saturday - pellet

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:01 am   

Turtle Age (Aprox): under 1 maybe?
Turtle Size (SCL): about 4 cm
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor): indoor

Sunday: Reptomin
Monday: Reptomin
Tuesday: Reptomin
Wednesday: Reptomin
Thursday: Reptomin
Friday: Reptomin
Saturday: Reptomin

Treats (and frequency): Chicken, ham, and meat(tiny pieces of course) about once a week or once ever 2 weeks
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:34 pm   

Turtle Age (Aprox): 1.6 yrs and 9 months
Turtle Size (SCL): 3.5 inches and 2 inches
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor): indoor

Sunday: -
Monday: head size pellets
Tuesday: romain lettuce
Wednesday: more lettuce + feeder fish
Thursday: head size pellets
Friday: freeze dried shrimp
Saturday: -

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:59 pm   

Turtle Age (Aprox): Unsure? Maybe 3-4 years old.
Turtle Size (SCL): 5"
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor): 55g indoor tank

Sunday: Pellets (mix of Reptomin and HBH Turtle Bites)
Monday: Red Leaf lettuce
Tuesday: Pellets (mix of Reptomin and HBH Turtle Bites)
Wednesday: Red Leaf lettuce
Thursday: Pellets (mix of Reptomin and HBH Turtle Bites)
Friday: Red Leaf lettuce
Saturday: Pellets (mix of Reptomin and HBH Turtle Bites)

(I don't really do days of the week, I do every other day, but you get the picture... Also note that Red Leaf lettuce is the ONLY greens Toby will eat for some reason, so I stick with it.)

Treats (and frequency): Frozen Aquatic Turtle food cubes (1-2 times per week I give him 1 cube), Nature Zone Aquatic Turtle Bites (about once a week), Zoo Med Turtle Treats (once a month), frozen bloodworms (once a month), Apple skin (once a month), Rosy Red minnows (I've only given him feeders once so far, I'll probably do it every month or so - He gets 2 fishes).
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:23 am   

Turtle Age (Aprox) 3-6 months
Turtle Size (SCL) 1 inch
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) 10 gallon indoor

Sunday 1 pellet and a veg
Monday 1 pellet
Tuesday 1 pellet and a veg
Wednesday 1 pellet
Thursday 1 pellet and a veg
Friday 1 pellet
Saturday 1 pellet and a veg

Treats (and frequency I give him vegetables and some of his reptomin treats
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:49 am   

I feed them a headfull of pellets every day, that's pretty much it :(

Sometimes I give them Tetracichlid for a treat and if I have to leave them for more than one day I get some Anacharis or a few Rosy Reds...

Every once in a blue moon I might give them some lettuce or carrots...

Am I not feeding them properly? The vet said they should be fine like that...
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:16 pm   

Turtle Age (Aprox) Not sure, maybe 2-5?
Turtle Size (SCL) 5 inches
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor) indoor, 50g tank

Sunday small amount pellets
Monday homemade turtle food
Tuesday some pellets
Wednesday homemade turtle food
Thursday some pellets
Friday homemade turtle food

Treats (and frequency) only treats are the pellets. they are a mixture of rep-cal, reptomon, hairki and a small, small amount of dried krill. all of this is dusted with calcium supplement and cuttlebone is available 24/7
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Post Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:48 am   

hey im new just wanted to say what should i feed my res i have to ive been giving them mollies
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Post Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:20 am   

alex, read the main site, there is tons of info for feeding their. look in the nutrition section.
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:36 pm   

Turtle Age (Aprox): 9 months
Turtle Size (SCL): 5.5 cm.
Turtle habitat (indoor/outdoor): indoor

Sunday:Pellets (4 kinds)
Monday:Pellets (2 kinds) and vitamin
Tuesday:Pellets , romaine lettuce , carrot and so little apple
Wednesday:Pellets (2 kinds) and vitamin
Thursday:Pellets , dandelion leaves and green lettuce
Friday:Pellets(4 kinds) and carrot
Saturday:Pellets (2 kinds)

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