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Posted by HaYN_Boy on January 29, 2003 at 15:35:29:
Hi, I am new here and i a in search for help for my two little baby softshells. a few months ago I bought a couple of softshells, all the way until this weekend they were doing excelent, they would eat like pigs. but all of a sudden both of them stopped eating and now they just barely nibble at food. I have no clue as to why. the water is clean with a filter running. I use a thin sand substrate. and I have a pet store bought fake logfor them to bask on( Iam waiting for cork bark to come in that I ordered). I have a UVB light above them plus a another light for basking. the only thing different that has been going on recently is that the last couple of weeks it has got rather cool in the 50sF, and I have to turn off their lights in respect to my roomate. could this be the cause? they are really skiny now, and their shells look kind of shrivled at the edges. now they both bask alot more than they use to. they get to go out in to their outdoor area twice a week to get a chance to bask in reall sun light too. I thought I wa sdoing pretty good and now I dont know what I am doing wrong. I also noticed that there is a very then almos transparent layer of skin comming off their shells. is this a fungal disease. how can I cure it if so? do softies shed like regular turetles do? thank you for any help and advise.