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  • #315564

    Malti
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    QUOTE (johnpeten @ Nov 15 2009, 10:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    not a fungus its shedding its skin, not sure what the regular temperatures for a belize slider is but either the water is too warm or maybe its because its a wild caught turtle the environment change is causing it to shed excessively, its not really an emergency either way

    Received the above from a guy on another forum. I hope he is right and tomorrow’s move to a more natural environment will solve the problem.

    from my side no one ever mentioned shedding…does this guy know turtles well?

    #315568

    johnpeten
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    QUOTE (Malti @ Nov 15 2009, 02:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    from my side no one ever mentioned shedding…does this guy know turtles well?


    You were very right to query this diagnosis. The site administrator has replied, we are back to fungus.

    http://www.redearslider.com/forum/viewtopi…p=240893#240893

    This US forum specialises in the Red eared slider.

    This has caused a big rethink. We will have to build a “Pond” on the terrace. Luckily I have the space, the materials and the labour to do this.
    We will use standard concrete blocks for the walls and a heavy semi-transparent plastic liner, all immediately available in the village hardware store.
    Internal dimensions will be 24″ wide, 48″ long and 16″ deep. The water depth will be 8″.
    The blocks will be pegged into place so that the pool can be extended at a later date.
    Sand, gravel rocks etc are unlimited.
    John

    #315570

    Malti
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    QUOTE (johnpeten @ Nov 16 2009, 02:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    You were very right to query this diagnosis. The site administrator has replied, we are back to fungus.

    http://www.redearslider.com/forum/viewtopi…p=240893#240893

    This US forum specialises in the Red eared slider.

    This has caused a big rethink. We will have to build a “Pond” on the terrace. Luckily I have the space, the materials and the labour to do this.
    We will use standard concrete blocks for the walls and a heavy semi-transparent plastic liner, all immediately available in the village hardware store.
    Internal dimensions will be 32 ” wide, 48″ long and 16″ deep. Sand, gravel rocks etc are unlimited.
    John

    with forums you have to weight the contributors…some people are experts and some are newbies, which although give advice as best as they could sometimes they’re off track, so unless you’ve been for some time on the forum you have to be cautious.

    Pond sounds good, and as substrate can I suggest big rocks? sand tends to cloud up the water making visibility bad, and gravel might get eaten out of boredom as they told you on the other forum.

    #315571

    Bluedave
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    QUOTE (johnpeten @ Nov 15 2009, 06:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    The amount of iodine in salt is miniscule but salt baths have been used since time began as an antiseptic. I am not sure if a salt bath for the turtle would be acceptable or not.
    Tomorrow she will be in the Sun and I think the UV should cure the problem.

    Many of our people live in very unhygenic conditions and their houses and bedding etc are infested with all sorts of nasty bugs. An airing in our bright sunshine kills these creatures.

    I use salt baths for fish that have fungal problems to good effect but didn’t want to suggest this for your turtle John as I have no idea about the affect the salt would have on it. The pond sounds good, lets hope that sorts the probelm out.

    I used to have a pair of snake necked turltes which were wicked fun (never any fungus problems though!)- gave them to my brother for christmas one year and he still has them:

    #315573

    johnpeten
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    QUOTE (Malti @ Nov 16 2009, 02:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Pond sounds good, and as substrate can I suggest big rocks? sand tends to cloud up the water making visibility bad, and gravel might get eaten out of boredom as they told you on the other forum.


    I have a good supply of large gravel sifted out when I put the substrate into the fish tanks. This stuff is too big for a turtles mouth.
    We could have the new pond up and running by tomorrow evening.

    #315575

    johnpeten
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    The Turtle’s new home is up and running. It is 26″ by 48″ in area and contains 160 liters of water, some of which is displaced by rocks and gravel. My most powerful filter is in operation. The basking area receives 3 hours of direct sunshine in the morning but the front area of the tank is always in the shade and so is most of the water. We will add and modify the “furniture” as time goes by.
    She is a little bewildered at the moment but no doubt will soon settle.
    One of the photos shows part of the Turtle’s new view of the World. If she stood on her hind legs she could see the Lake.

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    #315576

    Malti
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    QUOTE (johnpeten @ Nov 16 2009, 08:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    The Turtle’s new home is up and running. It is 26″ by 48″ in area and contains 160 liters of water, some of which is displaced by rocks and gravel. My most powerful filter is in operation. The basking area receives 3 hours of direct sunshine in the morning but the front area of the tank is always in the shade and so is most of the water. We will add and modify the “furniture” as time goes by.
    She is a little bewildered at the moment but no doubt will soon settle.
    One of the photos shows part of the Turtle’s new view of the World. If she stood on her hind legs she could see the Lake.

    looks fab! now what she needs is some company

    #315577

    johnpeten
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    QUOTE (Malti @ Nov 16 2009, 11:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    looks fab! now what she needs is some company
    #315578

    Malti
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    QUOTE (johnpeten @ Nov 16 2009, 09:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Yes I agree but they are very hard to find. However I am sure that eventually the boys will turn up with big smiles on their faces.

    that is strange…here they’re a “pest” on the pet market (all CB)

    #315749

    Matt
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    Missed this earlier…looks great John!

    #315757

    johnpeten
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    QUOTE (Matt @ Dec 15 2009, 07:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Missed this earlier…looks great John!


    Unfortunately the turtle didn’t like it. Would not eat or react with me. She is back in her original tank and very happy. The fungus is back and she is in a salt bath in one of my holding tanks at the moment. If this does not work I may try painting on some meth blue. I don’t know what else to use as the obvious remedies are not available.
    She knows what to do and sunbathes under the lamp but it has very little UV output. Although the algae loves it and grows profusely under the lamp.
    Mail from the UK is now taking 3 weeks to arrive so importing iodine is not a quick remedy.
    My muchachos saw her yesterday for the first time in several weeks and commented how large she has grown, so generally she is doing very well.
    My boys are off on another expedition into the jungle at the weekend. I am supplying some basic camping equipment to make life a little more comfortable for them and some one gallon zip top plastic bags to transport the fish.
    They might even bring back some V. synspila which would be quite an achievement.

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