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Posted by Melodie on July 02, 2002 at 00:50:14:
In Reply to: 2 1/2 inch turtle has bite wounds posted by Brianna Miller on June 24, 2002 at 17:23:31:
All the best for a speedy recovery to your baby. Keep the water really clean so that she doesn't get infected and maybe a high protein diet to help the recovery. Is she eating alright?
I've had my softshell in with my two red ear sliders since they were all hatchlings (about a year now) and they seem to get along fine...My softshell also is outgrowning both of my sliders! I got him when he was about 1" and he's almost 2.5" now, solid as a rock!
What kind of tank do you have, and what are you feeding him? Pellets alone aren't enough, soft shells are primarily carnivores, so worms, fish, crickets should be a staple, and I give him boiled shirmp as a treat (mine LOVES frozen peas too) I avoid any processed food, unnatural. What kind of a bottom do you have? Softshells love to bury themselves....mine is only out maybe a few hours a day and the rest he spends undergravel. I have general aquarium gravel and mine seems to like it, with no abrasions or problems with his shell. Also, they're territorial, so if your tank isn't big enough that would lead to the fighting too. Softshells are agressive, but won't win against a hard shell with sharp claws.
Again, all the best to your baby's recovery!