I have a few questions for people who have raised red slider babies..

What kind of filters do you use for a small turtle, when there isn't that much water? Is the filter fully sumerged? How often do you change the water, etc.
Our turtle is only 2 1/2 inchs long, he lives in a 22 gallon Long tank with 4 gallons of water, which is three inches high. We were told that you only want (for BABIES) enough water as they are long.

We feed him a full range diet with a basking spot out of the water, a heat lamp and UV light. (all of which were bought at a pet store with help to ensure we bought the right stuff) We are just having problems with our current filter, a duetto submersible power filter.

Thank you!
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I have a few questions for people who have raised red sliderbabies.. What kind of filters do you use for ... we bought the right stuff) We are just havingproblems with our current filter, a duetto submersible power filter. Thank you!

You just need to clean your filter more often. Have you tried taking it
apart and cleaning it out? They make replacement filters for it as well.
griffin
What kind of filters do you use for a small turtle, when there isn't that much water? Is the filter fully sumerged? How often do you change the water, etc.

I like Fluval canister filters. You can buy them in several different sizes. I reccomend that you get the largest size you can afford, you'll need it. Also make sure to add a basket excluder to the inflow hose. The powerful sucking action can trap small turtles and they'll drown.

Eventually you will need to be changing water and cleaning the filter every other day or so. Turtles are just filthy. Feeding your turtle in a different container (a butter tub would work well at this point) will cut down on the amount of cleaning you have to do.
Our turtle is only 2 1/2 inchs long,

Really? Did you buy him from a pet store, or find him somewhere? In the US it is actually illegal to sell turtles under 4" in length.
We feed him a full range diet with a basking spot out of the water, a heat lamp and UV light. (all of which were bought at a pet store with

Sound like a great set-up. Good job.
-Z
Our turtle is only 2 1/2 inchs long,

Really? Did you buy him from a pet store, or find him somewhere? In the US it is actually illegal to sell turtles under 4" in length.

That's a pretty good joke. I see them for sale at all the reptile shows and many of the smaller pet shops.
Cindy
Really? Did you buy him from a pet store, or ... is actually illegal to sell turtles under 4" in length.

That's a pretty good joke. I see them for sale at all the reptile shows and many of the smaller pet shops. Cindy

Me too. Will report back as to the size of turtles available at the herp show I'm HEADED TO THIS WEEKEND!!! WHEE I AM ABOUT TO EXHIBIT GREAT SELF RESTRAINT YESSIRREE BOB I SURE AM

fr0glet
That's a pretty good joke. I see them for sale at all the reptile shows and many of the smaller pet shops. Cindy

Me too. Will report back as to the size of turtles available at the herp show I'm HEADED TO THIS WEEKEND!!! WHEE I AM ABOUT TO EXHIBIT GREAT SELF RESTRAINT YESSIRREE BOB I SURE AM fr0glet

so how many new herps will you be bringing home after the visit?? lol

ive just got news of baby beardies having just hatched locally so I may well have some in a few weeks.. :-)
Mark
I can only speak for North Carolina, but it is illegal here to sell turtles under 4 inches UNLESS it is stated that they are to be used for educational purposes only. A slight loophole that all the petshops use. The law was enacted several years ago due to the high rate of salmonella in kids, stemming from the little "dimestore" turtle bowls & baby turtles.
Roger
Really? Did you buy him from a pet store, or ... is actually illegal to sell turtles under 4" in length.

That's a pretty good joke. I see them for sale at all the reptile shows and many of the smaller pet shops.

Have you ever thought about reporting them? Not because of any BS about salmonella risks (where do they come up with this crap?) but because selling a 4" turtle is almost as bad as selling an 8" iguana. The turtles, at least, we can do something about.
-Z
Not because of any BS about salmonella risks (where do they come up with this crap?)

I have no idea, but that IS why the law was passed here in NC. I remember back in the sixties, every kid used to get these baby turtles with the little plastic bowl, and a green plastic palm tree in the center. I don't remember any ever getting sick because of them, but I suppose it's possible. People used to even paint the turtles shell before selling them. Poor turtles. Maybe the law was actually in the turtles behalf? LOL!
Roger
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