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Posted by thebersrkr on March 27, 2003 at 18:04:18:
I am a long time reader of the forum and would like to thank everyone for all of the input I have recieved over that last few years. I obtained my first Spectacled about 18 months ago. A little female 11 months old. She did fine for the first year but quickly out grew the tank she was in. I then built an enclosure that is pretty much the standard in ground garden pond with a plywood box built around it. The pond is 150 gallon and is kept at 80 degrees. It is kept clean with a couple of fluval filters and a water change weekly. The rest of the enclosure is kept around 90 during the day and drops down to around 75 at night. She has always been a fantastic eater until I "inherited" another Spectacled. This one is a male and is only a few inches longer then her, but has almost double the mass. He is very aggressive and seems to do his best to keep her from eating and also to prove that he is the king of his little domain. He was given to me as a Christmas present and I realy didn't have any intention of getting a second animal, but I have read they are social creatures and I am concerned for the well being of the first. Is this something I should be concerned about, or is it something that will pass with time? Any input would be greatly appreciated.