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Posted by turtleguy316 on February 24, 2003 at 05:16:01:
In Reply to: Re: One More alligator hatchling question posted by karaapo on February 16, 2003 at 01:09:30:
i think your right cause i would feed at night,and next morning would be nasty water and stuff and they would all be out of water.but now i got a filter on them and now they dont hardley ever get on rock anymore,so i think they now when the water is nasty and smelly,lol.
:You know Mike, I had not seen this behavior either with alligator snappers (commons, yes)(floridas, not as much). I noticed this recently in some new hatchling ali snappers that I got. I feed them trout chow at night and clean them in the morning, by when the water looks and smells fowl from the uneaten dissolved trout chow. I noticed that every moring the turtles would be out of the water on top of the lily pad which I provided for them to hide under. So I experimented. Whenever I wouldn't feed them, then I would find them under the lily pad and in the water. Conversely, whenever the food would sit overnight, it was guaranteed that I would find them all piled atop another and on the lily pad. Any further input/observations will also be appreciated.