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Discussion in 'General Turtle Care Discussion' started by Jay84, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. Jay84

    Jay84 Juvenile Turtle
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    Hey guys been a while, had these bubs for a year now, and since i've had them I haven't seen them shed yet and look like they're starting to build up some unshed scutes (unless i'm just seeing things). They're about a year and a half old and 65mm SCL.

    Tank parameters:
    Ammonia - 0
    Nitrite - 0
    Nitrate - about 60
    GH/KH - 100-200
    Water temp hangs around 24°- 25°
    Dock temp hangs around 33°- 37°
    All 3 haul out and bask
    Got the NEC blacklight tube for UVB (FL40SBL) and they get outside sun every few days for half hour or so at a time.

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    Their diet is woodies, earthworms, guppies and gambusia. And are quite happy feeders.
    Thanks in advance.
     

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  2. Aussiepride83

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    How often do you take them outside for natural sunlight? You should be taking them out for 15-20 minutes of morning and or afternoon sunlight at least 3 times but preferably 5 times/week. My ELN always has a complete shed in under 10 minutes once she's close to shedding and put in the sun.
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    I'm just heading off to bed now, got an early start tomorrow. I'm not sure whether it's the angles of your photos or my tired eyes but your turtles look thin/underweight to me.
     
  3. Jay84

    Jay84 Juvenile Turtle
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    Hey Kev, they get on average 20-30 min of sun 3 days a week. I'll pull my finger out and increase it when I can.
     
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    G'day Jarrod, can you tell us what your pH is please?
     
  5. Jay84

    Jay84 Juvenile Turtle
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    Sorry missed this one last night, since I've had them they get fed every 2nd day the size of their head because of work but now I can go to every day until they reach the 7cm SCL since I'm home every day now.

    Hey Craig at the moment it's only 6.6, last time I checked it 2 months ago it was 7.2, not sure what caused the drop I haven't done anything out of the ordinary.
     
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    Are you using calgrit? 6.6 is way too low for turtles, you want it between 7.4 - 7.8.
     
  7. Jay84

    Jay84 Juvenile Turtle
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    Yeah mate got 14kg of the stuff in there (7x2ft tank), when the tank was initially set up (March) it was 7.4, and it's changed to 6.6 as of today. Besides adding/removing plants I haven't changed anything.
     
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    You may need to add more grit. It's normal for your water to soften over time as the grit gets exhausted. Your tap water must be unusually soft though for it to have happened that quickly. When you get a chance, can you tell us what pH reading you get from water straight from your tap (that you source water from for your turtle tank.)

    I'm fortunate that here where I live, the tap water is pH 7.4 - 7.6 straight from the tap.
     
  9. Jay84

    Jay84 Juvenile Turtle
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    Ok, reading from the tap is 6.0, or less. I'm on rainwater out here.
     
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    There's your problem mate, rainwater is extremely soft. You're going to need to get more calgrit in your tank.
     
  11. Jay84

    Jay84 Juvenile Turtle
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    No dramas, I'll get onto it ASAP.

    Hmmm, spose I could just drive in to town to the mother-in-laws place and steal some water. ;)
     
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    Hi Jarrod, fixing the pH will help your turtles immensely.
     
  13. Jay84

    Jay84 Juvenile Turtle
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    Awesome, I'll keep you guys updated.
    --- Double Post Merged, Sep 11, 2017, Original Post Date: Sep 11, 2017 ---
    Spose I should ask how many kg of extra grit would you recommend?
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    Got my 20kg bag delivered, have the beautiful new grit cloud hanging around.
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