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Turtles for a beginner

Discussion in 'Filtration and Water Chemistry' started by Fishermanjo, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. Fishermanjo

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    I was about to post about what turtles should I start with as a beginner but I started reading in this forum and have already been put off reading about water parameters etc. I've kept tropical fish for 6 years, is keeping small turtles harder? I'm just starting my research but I know I'll need a reptile licence and a lot more knowledge under my belt if I'm even going to consider keeping aquarium turtles.
     
  2. Craig

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    Hi, some experience keeping fish is definitely very beneficial. Some common species like Eastern snake-necked turtles/ Eastern Long Necks are hardier than others, so it all depends on what species you want to start with. It would be good to familiarise yourself with some of the threads below before you decide to get a turtle as a pet.

    Below are some of the standard posts and threads we ask new members to have a look at:

    Please read the 'AFT Turtle Care Guide' :arrowright: AFT Freshwater Turtle Care Guide

    Why you Shouldn't Keep Two Turtles Together :arrowright: Keeping Two Turtles Together

    To understand why we make the recommendations that we do in the Care Guide
    please read this informative post :arrowright: Why we make the recommendations that we do here on AFT Part 1

    Also, it would be best to familiarise yourself with the skin infections care sheet located here :arrowright: Skin Infections

    After that, you can read the Most Common Mistakes made by novice keepers thread here :arrowright: Common Mistakes

    If your turtle is sick or injured and needs dry-docking :arrowright: Important Tips for Dry-Docking Sick Turtles

    If you have any questions about why we recommend Calgrit/Turtle Grit and River Sand instead of pebbles and small rocks,
    please read this thread as well :arrowright: Gravel Blockage-Very sick turtle!

    How to measure the
    Straight Carapace Length (SCL) of a Turtle's Shell :arrowright: Measuring the Straight Carapace Length of a turtles shell

    If you have any specific questions after that, please go ahead and ask. If you want to search a particular subject, look at the top of the page for the Advanced Search link and type in the word or topic you wish to learn about.
     
  3. Fishermanjo

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    Thank you so much for all that information. Off to read it all