Hello all,
This is the first time I've posted to this group.
My husband and son have successfully raised red sliders (turtles) for years in a man-made backyard pond with a pump, filter, etc. We have very happy turtles, including one who's about 8 inches.

My son recently purchased a baby turtle (mistake #1)in Chinatown (mistake #2) and introduced him to our backyard enviornment with the other turtles and koi (apparantly HUGE mistake #3).

Overnight the little new guy developed bulging eyes, one of which oozes blood. He is listless and has little interest in food. I have him isolated in a plastic tank. When I take him off his flat rock to rehydrate him he swims like crazy into a plastic wall, and swims as if on speed until I pick him up again.
I am currently looking for a turtle expert in the area (Burbank CA). In the meantime does anyone have any suggestions to ease our little fellow's suffering? Is he/she a lost cause?
I know we bought a too-small turtle, and not from a reputable dealer. But any advice you all could give me would be appreciated.

Forgive me if this posts twice.
Regina Merwin
Burbank CA
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(apparantly HUGE mistake #3).snip Regina Merwin Burbank CA

You need to learn about keeping new animals under quarantine before introducing to other herps.
You should be looking at a possible 6 month quarantine to make sure the new animal is healthy.
Chad
Make sure the tank is nice and warm. I'm not exactly sure of the temps for RES's, but make sure the temps are warm (air and water both need to be warm). If you find a range on the internet (i.e. 74-85 degrees), use the higher end. Warmth is necessary if he's going to make it through. Make sure his tank is extremely clean (i.e. sterile) and make sure he has a place to get out of the water and rest. Unless anyone else has any info, cross your fingers and get him to a vet as soon as possible. Good luck. -Ben
Overnight the little new guy developed bulging eyes, one of which oozes blood. He is listless and has little interest ... he swims like crazy into a plastic wall, and swims as if on speed until I pick him up again.

If it did in fact happen overnight then it is probably trauma, not disease, that you're looking at. Bigger turtles and koi can be nasty buggers. Keep him isolated for awhile, keep his environment clean, take him to a vet.
-Z