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Posted by Maxx MacLeod on October 14, 2002 at 15:58:58:
In Reply to: Re: Infection posted by poohgirl on October 14, 2002 at 13:38:17:
Poohgirl-- Okay, I have a couple of ideas after seeing what you wrote. 1) You need to buy or to build (you can build them for a modest amount of money) a decent filter. Did I read that right, you don't have any filter right now? You can get away with that (no filter) for a while with hard shelled turtles but softshells need very clean water. 2) If you have gravel in with your softshell, it really should be smooth gravel because the standard fish tank gravel scrapes up their shells when they dig under it...especially small turtles. For example, Petco sells a kind of aquarium gravel that is polished and smooth. This won't scratch them. Of course, sand would be even better. If you don't have a lot of money to work with, you could go to a local lake or river to get some. Good luck! --Maxx P.S. The herp society for your state should be able to refer you to a vet that's good with reptiles.