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Posted by johnsaunders on February 11, 2003 at 17:11:42:
I have a 6" Florida softshell and would appreciate it if someone could answer my questions below. I keep her in a 40 gallon breeder and keep it about half full of water.
Should I have a place for her to get out of the water? I tried this before and she never came out. Do softshells bask like other turtles?
What is the best filter to get? I've tried many different filters including a Fluval 300 (i think) which was around $100. I got tired of cleaning it mainly because the nasty water would get on my carpet when cleaning it so I sold it. Is there a good undergravel filter available?
What kind of lighting is sufficient? Would a regular 18" Reptisun 5.0 UVA/UVB bulb be good? How many hours a day should I keep this on?
How often should I feed her? I usually give her about 30 Reptomin pellets every other day. Are there any other good foods to give her? How about guppies?
Would plants like Java Fern or Water Hyacinth be good?