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Posted by randy on September 17, 2002 at 12:12:58:
In Reply to: 4 new baby softshells. PLEASE HELP ASAP!!! posted by LeahZeke on September 15, 2002 at 09:58:43:
I have to agree with Bianca. I think it's best to put them back. A 120 gallon aquarium would hold one at most when adult sized. Softies are prone to shell infections and tankmates even of their own species can be problematic. I had a female Florida Softshell that I kept for approximately 12 years. She grew to an enormous size and EVEN the 120 gallon tank I had her in was cramped. I had an insane idea that I'd try to breed her, so I set up a 200 gallon garden pond in my basement. I introduced a male I had purchased and voila, she slaughtered him overnight. If you really want to spend the necessary time and money you will need for filtration, lighting, heating and food then I commend you. Just do it for one of the hatchlings not all four. Otherwise just return them to where you found them