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Posted by jimsworld on April 28, 2003 at 22:12:41:
In Reply to: a little confused posted by periwinklewalnut on April 27, 2003 at 19:40:46:
:Ok, i've read in here about feeding a RES protein and how not enough is bad as well as too much. What i'm wondering about is a young RES..a little over an inch in diameter...what/ how much protein should it be getting? Books i read say that younger turts need more, but how much is more?
:I feed my babies Reptomin Sticks, freeze dried shrimp and bloodworms every other day. One the inbetween days, i serve them a mix of veggies and fruits like romaine lettuce, carrots, grapes and cucumbers. They don't so much enjoy this feast, but i keep trying. I don't want to over feed, i don't want to under feed. I am unsure about the amount of protein they should be getting and what is too much. If they won't eat the fruits and veggies, is it ok to just feed them the reptomin sticks everyday? I feel bad when they don't eat bc they don't like the veggies :( Also....about floating the lettuce in the tank. Does this effect water quality and do you have to change the lettuce daily?
:thanks for all the help!!
You're doing fine Kristy...Too much protien is more of a concern in younger turtles...too much and the body mass can't keep up with the muscle mass...When this happens you get varying problems..ie: Shell deformities, Paralysis in digits, Palate growth exceeding wear ratio...just to name a few.. Protien is not as crutial to keep an eye on in adult turtles due to the fact of growth rate reduction...Worst case senario here is a fat turtle....Just keep up what you're doing...and your turtle will do just fine.....