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Old 06-09-2012, 09:50 PM
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I have two yellow bellied slider turtles, the female being the one I'm extremely worried about. She is around 7 years old and up to now we have had no problems with her health but problems with contradicting advice from so called reptile experts. We have a huge tank that has both the uv light and a basking lamp with an area for them to exit the water. They have a varied diet of fish, veg and fruit. However, she has stopped basking and has now started to sleep ALOT staying in the corner of the tank underwater next to the water heater. Her shell is still hard but the top layer of dark colour appears to have become like paper when it gets wet and is wiping off when touched leaving white and yellow exposed. She's still eating but I know something's wrong. Please please help
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:19 PM
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Don't have any advice for you, but I think pictures will help for when the turtle guys turn up.
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:37 PM
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Hi and welcome,

we need some more info on your set up, dimensions, lights, temperature both basking and water, what pellet do you feed and how frequent are you feeding also what filtration do you proide? Pictures will certainly help.
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A diet of fish and fruit doesn't sound too good, fish generally doesn't feature highly in the natural diet of Sliders, especially older ones like yours, and fruit is not something they'd come across very often either, veg is very good provided it's the right kind of veg.
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I'll certainly get some photos when I get home from work. I did research before I got them, wasn't something that I took on lightly but ever since reptile 'experts' have contradicted everything that people like yourselves on these forums etc say. Like Graham, I was told to feed them fish but I had read that once older they preferred veg but I was repeatedly told that was wrong :\
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:46 PM
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Hi and welcome,

we need some more info on your set up, dimensions, lights, temperature both basking and water, what pellet do you feed and how frequent are you feeding also what filtration do you proide? Pictures will certainly help.

I've got the info that will hopefully help with your advice.

The dimensions of the tank are 4.10ft x 1.9ft x 1.9ft
We currently have an Exo Terra Sun Glo 100w basking light over the rocks which they can escape from the water onto, 1 x Reptile One 5.0 UVB light and 1 x 2.0 UVB light.

Our filters are 2 x Aqua One Aquis 1050 Advanced Pressurised External Filters.

All of which were reccomended by reptile stores in the North East. Also we were told off a number of 'experts' from the first day we bought our female up to now that pellets were not suitable and made the water dirty easier and that it was better to feed them on a variety of fish, veg etc. Can you reccomend a better feeding regime if this is wrong?

I am petrified that i'm unknowingly being cruel to the poor girl after trusting people who claimed to be experts telling me what I had researched etc was wrong.

Our female is now 8inches long and our male is 5inches.

We already a few years ago had trouble with our previous male who we were then told was a completely different species and was sold to us wrongly and therefore, begun to attack our female. Starting to think that maybe that wasn't true either.

I need all the advice I can get, I adore both of them!
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I think the first thing you need to do, before we offer any more advice, is to post some good photos of the two so we can be sure they are correctly ID'd and sexed.
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I think the first thing you need to do, before we offer any more advice, is to post some good photos of the two so we can be sure they are correctly ID'd and sexed.
I'm absolutely stuck on how I upload photos, it's currently saying I can't add attachments. New to this
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This is the first male we had who they then told us was not suitable to be with our female.

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