General Care Discussion :: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

Taking care of your turtle's overall health.

Post Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:08 pm   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

I have no clue how to use this site but I have a rescue slider i need info for can anyone help me?
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:15 am   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

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Post Posted: Mon May 06, 2013 9:58 am   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

By gravel, do you mean small pieces or all stones, like the bigger rounder pebbles?
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Post Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 3:16 am   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

Anything smaller than the turtle's head can cause an impaction. If you use a substrate, we suggest sand though even that can cause impaction if aggressively eaten.
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Post Posted: Fri May 31, 2013 2:35 am   no mas pebbles- So now what...? ~

Hey- I am officially and permanently off of pebbles. Wow. I'm so glad Penelope was ok after that; must've been traumatic.

Question though: Should I go with large rocks? I have hatchlings and I've seen them get almost-stuck under/in-between the couple rocks in their outside/basking tank. They're just so small...

I've had "play sand" recommended to me- what is that? Large-grain sand? Would that be better?

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:42 am   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

Pool filter sand is usually recommended. As for larger rocks, that depends. River rock is good too, though that would likely trap some waste.
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:11 pm   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

I highly don't recommend Gravel, because they might choke on it.
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:36 pm   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

Yukio wrote:I highly don't recommend Gravel, because they might choke on it.

They can make it foggy too.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:29 am   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

AlexisAwesome wrote:
Yukio wrote:I highly don't recommend Gravel, because they might choke on it.

They can make it foggy too.

Oh, I didn't know that...
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Post Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:35 pm   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

I'm a "bare bottom" guy. It is soooo much easier to clean a tank. For quite a while I used colored glass rocks and every time I cleaned a tank I cursed them all. Then I discovered all the turtle poop hiding between those rocks and I got converted. Now I can see every little speck and if my fish don't clean up everything or crap doesn't get sucked into the main filter, I get them with my little FX200.
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Post Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:53 pm   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

So glad I got rid of the gravel we have adopted our RES and had them just over a week and I really want them to have the best quality of life I can give them.
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:28 am   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

Just got rid of the gravel yesterday
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:20 pm   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

Love it! Thank you! I removed George's rocks and she seems to prefer the extra space since her current tank is a bit small. Yet another reason to chuck the rocks!
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Post Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:12 pm   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

Awesome post please take this post seriously turtles are not fish no gravel if you must have some thing at the bottom of the tank go to your local pet store and get the rocks with the turtle on the front.
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Post Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 7:05 am   Re: Get Rid Of the Gravel!!!!! ~ Really

For gravel, would it prevent the turtles eating it if I made the gravel size larger? I'm considering adding gravel to my 3 turtle's tanks. My turtles are 8cm, 6cm and 5cm respectively and the gravel I bought is white and pea-sized.
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