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Posted by Accomplice on December 29, 2002 at 22:02:53:
In Reply to: My Alligator Snapper husbandry, advice... posted by ryanp on December 29, 2002 at 18:31:42:
It sounds like you have the bases covered. I used to keep my hatchling/ yearling a. snappers' tank packed with minnows. Since they mainly feed at night it may be an option to consider for your set-up. Also, these turts eat a fair amount of vegetation in the wild. I'd guess it would be a good move to offer various types of veggies regularly. What are rosie reds?
Mine loved those hide logs sold at most pet stores. Anything they can get under that can't collapse on 'em is a good thing. On a side note, my yearling alligator snappers really seemed to respond well to being switched to a small (80 gallon?) outdoor pond (4'X4'X6-8" depth). Something about that natural day/ light cycle really keeps them happy. They grew very quickly outdoors compared to the indoor set-up.
:Just curious, maybe someone wouldn't mind double checking my husbandry.
:My snapper is about a year and a half and just shy of about four inches, a bit over double the size I got him. He gets rosie reds, shrimp, and reptomin. He doesn't show any interest in crickets or snails. His three inch pleco tankmate has gone missing recently. He is in a rubbermaid, 23 x 17. His water ranges from four to six inches deep. There are two plastic pieces of cage furniture that look like midget cypress stumps, filled with sand for ballast. There are plants and the top is covered in duckweed. I keep the water at about 80, and provide a UV spot because it can't hurt. I figured he would have a bigger appetite than he does. His growth rate is simlilar to a map turtle and a softshell I got the same spring, but he seems to eat less. I heard they were slow growers, hard to believe for such eventual giants. Out of all of my turtles, he is one of my favorite, and if I am doing a good job, I am thinking of getting another next spring.