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Posted by Maxx MacLeod on February 12, 2003 at 20:07:22:
In Reply to: Maybe it is....(more) posted by Justin M on February 12, 2003 at 11:14:46:
Justin M-- I'm betting that you have calcium build-up. If you're curious, you can get a cheap test kit from a fish place and test your water hardness. (In Minnesota, most of our water is "hard".) You can clean it by using "CLR" or "Limeaway" (without the turtle in the tank). This stuff is poisonous to turtles! Anyway, if it fizzes and bubbles and cleans the material off, you know you have calcium buildup. The solution is to use either soft water from a water softener or to use RO water from a reverse osmosis system. RO water is about as pure as you can get but the systems are expensive and they don't produce much water per day. Salt water softeners produce lots of water but you have to plumb them into your house water and they're also fairly expensive. It might not be worth it for what you're doing. I use a water softener because I have a lot of tropical turtles that can't handle hard water. I hope that helps! --Maxx P.S. Cleaning stuff is one of the hazards of keeping aquatic turtles!