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Posted by Tony on June 03, 2002 at 19:30:46:
In Reply to: Thank you Tony posted by Melody Pamonicutt on June 02, 2002 at 14:58:04:
: Thank you tony for answering my questions. I have had my turtle for about 6 days now and he is still doing good. The placostamus has not bothered him at all. I have been looking for silica sand at the hard ware stores and no luck there all sold out. I found some at the pet store but they wanted $10.00 for 10lbs and that was too much. I called another pet store and they said that play sand was bad for turtles. I dont believe them though because they are always trying to sell something. This is probably a dumb question but how do I clean this sand. I mean I really cant wash it in a strainer because it will all wash away unless I put it in a thank of water and use a hose to drain off the excess water and just swish it around. Could you please give me a tip on how you would do this. Also I am going to keep him in the 30 gallon tank should I drain off at least half of the water or should it be almost full. He dont really have anything to crawl out and bask on and this worries me a little. I have been feeding him turtle pellets and he seems to like those and he ate one small gold fish. He has some scars on his shell, but they looked healed when I bought him. If you can give me any other advice on this turtle I would certainly appriciate it if not I understand. Thanks again for your help.
In answer to your question, I use play sand in my tanks for my softies. What you have to do is dump the sand into a clean trash can or bucket and run water from a hose into it. While the water is running, take your hand and swish it around. Some of the sand will run out, but not all. Once the sand is clean, place it on the bottom of the tank to a depth of approx 2 to 3 inches. You will also need a filter in the tank to keep the water clean(so you don't have to clean the tank all the time). As for the water depth, fill the tank 3/4 full and add plastic plants and allow them to float. This works well with totally aquatic turts like softies, muds, musks and snappers. Other then that if you feed floating turtle sticks, clean out any the turtle doesn't eat(use a net). Any other questions let me know. Hope this helps.