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Posted by Tony on May 29, 2002 at 06:35:28:
In Reply to: I just got a soft shell turtle today need help URGENT posted by Melody on May 27, 2002 at 22:47:19:
: Hi, I went to the pet store to get a placostomus and walked out with a soft shell turtle. The people at the pet store didn't tell me much about how to care for it. It is pretty small about 6 inches long not sure though I didn't measure it. It is grey on top with little grey dots on its shell and a white belly and legs. It looks like you can see it's spine through it's shell, but I don't know if that is its spine or not. I have been watching it all day and it seems to be happy. I have a 55 gallon tank and a 30 gallon tank. I put it in the 30 gallon tank because it was cleaner than the 55 gallon. I don't know any thing about taking care of a soft shell turtle and I really want to keep it. I read some of the questions and replys on the web sight and it was very helpful in some areas. My questions are How much water should I put in the tank should it be half full or almost empty. The pet store that i bought it at had it in a tank that was almost full with nothing to bask on. What would be the best thing to use for it to climb out of the water and bask on. One of the messages I was reading said to use silica sand in the bottom of their tanks. I have a placostomus in the bottom of the tank with the turtle is it safe for the turtle and the placostomous to live together. I was reading what to feed it in some of the messages so my questions were answered there. The pet store gave me a print out from another website and it says Trionys spp what is that. Is that the kind of soft shell I have. I relly like this turtle and I want to take good care of it. Please help.
Sounds like you have a smooth softshell(trionyx mutica). As for the spine showing, thats normal. The tank sounds about the right size, just make sure you have sand on the bottom(not beach sand-you can buy play sand at a hardware store-just clean it real well). As for the algae eater, depends on how big it is. It shouldn't hurt the turtle, but the turtle might hurt it. As for something to climb out on, although softies will bask occasionally, they really don't need a hauling out place. You might want to put some floating plastic plants in the tank for it though to hide in, otherwise it's fine. Feed it reptomin, small feeder guppies and the like. Hope that helps.