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This is what my friend posted on another forum, need some help on diagnosis and treatment

My young turtle has a fuzzy growth around his non retractable part of the neck and around his legs.
I have added some methylene blue to his water.
Has anybody an idea what this is?

it is behaving quite normally and not distressed. It is eating as voraciously as usual.

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Anyone can help please?
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That looks like skin fungus to me, the best way to treat it is by "dry-docking" the turt and applying Betadine to the affected areas.

It can go back into the water for a few hours each day when it can be fed, and the rest of the time it should be kept in a warm dry box.

Repeat this daily until it's gone.

In the meantime you need to find and address the cause, poor water quality is the most likely, and lack of a proper basking area and correct lighting/heating. Do you know what the setup consists of?
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That looks like skin fungus to me, the best way to treat it is by "dry-docking" the turt and applying Betadine to the affected areas.

It can go back into the water for a few hours each day when it can be fed, and the rest of the time it should be kept in a warm dry box.

Repeat this daily until it's gone.

In the meantime you need to find and address the cause, poor water quality is the most likely, and lack of a proper basking area and correct lighting/heating. Do you know what the setup consists of?
no I will ask and thx
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[quote name='johnpeten' date='Nov 14 2009, 02:51 PM' post='18228']
Hi Malti. The water in her tank is completely changed twice a week, Monday and Friday. The tank also has a small internal power filter.
The basking area could be the problem. It only has a regular 60 watt incandescent bulb so UV is just about zero.
In the meantime I will put her outside in the Sun in one of my small tanks without water but with a shaded area as well.
Perhaps it is a good idea to put her permanent tank outside so that she gets natural sunlight. This is not a problem as I have a large second floor terrace.
As for the medication I will enquire at the Pharmacy during my weekly visit into Town today.
Many thanks.
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My friend is in Guatemala, so circumstances are different than us
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If your friend is in Guatemala and has a large terrace, then a permanent outdoor pond would be a much better home for this turt.
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If your friend is in Guatemala and has a large terrace, then a permanent outdoor pond would be a much better home for this turt.
will tell him so, thanks again mate owe u a beer
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could you use Iodine instead of Betadine?

Hi Malti. The water in her tank is completely changed twice a week, Monday and Friday. The tank also has a small internal power filter.
The basking area could be the problem. It only has a regular 60 watt incandescent bulb so UV is just about zero.
In the meantime I will put her outside in the Sun in one of my small tanks without water but with a shaded area as well.
Perhaps it is a good idea to put her permanent tank outside so that she gets natural sunlight. This is not a problem as I have a large second floor terrace.
As for the medication I will enquire at the Pharmacy during my weekly visit into Town today.
Many thanks.
Although Betadine is the most common antiseptic used in Hospitals to clean skin before surgery, the Pharmacy did not carry it. We went through the pharmacopeia to find an equivalent without any luck.
The Turtle spent 6 hours outside, the tank temperature went up to over 100° F until I shaded it.
She is now back in her regular tank and the fuzz appears to have disappered.
On Monday we will thoroughly clean the tank and move it onto the terrace. We will monitor the temperature very carefully. It will only receive direct sunlight for about 3 hours after dawn.
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Betadine is basically Iodine, so yes you can use Iodine, Betadine comes in a gel formula though which is much easier to apply.
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