One of my turtles wont eat, and I'm almost positive it has never even touched the food I give it. Ive had two red eared slider aquatic turtles since April. I'm not sure of the sex but through research on the web, I assume they're the same sex. I do not have a filter or a UVA or UVB light, but I do put them by the window for sunlight and I changed their location to a bigger tank. I have 7 different types of turtle food, and I even fed it raw meat but it wont seem to eat. The other baby turtle is eating everyday, twice a day and its shell has grown and hardened, unlike the other baby turtle. What can I do before it's too late? Thank you.
You need to get a UV bulb in there asap and a heater in their tank, do you put blue aquasafe in their water when you clean them out?? Because tap water without it ISNT safe for turtles. They also NEED a fliter... are both your turtles in the same tank and did you add them together at different times? That could be the problem or the problem could be they are not geting the UV and heat of the UV bulb, And its NEEDS a filter and a heater in the water, because the water is basically dirty and have to clean it more often, You Also MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST put in blue aquasafe for marine fish.
Your turtle has a calcium dafinency (I cant spell...) But basicaly lack of UV and heat and its making them ill...andyour other turtle WILL go the same way if you Dont get a UV light heater and Filter in that tank and put Blue aquasafe in the water after cleaning the tank and you need alot...
also you tell the sex by the length of the tail if its short its a girl, Long its a boy.
or the other way round.
I have 5 yellow bellies and one red earred slider all in one tank, I also have an aligator snapper, and a soft shell.
so basically you NEED:
a UV light,
a Water Heater,
Tetra Aquasafe (Might be different if you're not in England) MUST be added AFTER you've added clean water.. and the water has been heated to about 10 degrees ish.
The reason you NEED the blue stuff is because:
Substances in the tap water will which are dangerous to marine fish/ Turtles are neutralised: Chlorine and Chloramine are eliminated, heavyy metals like copper,zinc and cadmium are bound completely.
Essential elements that are present in natural environments are added: Lodine for vitality, Magnesium for growth, and well being, Vitamin B to support healthy stress resistance,
Bioextracts support the development of beneficial bacteria for clear water.
Please Note: Treating all tap water before or whilst water is in the aquarium by adding aprox 5ml of aquasafe to every 10 litres (aprox 2 gallons) stir well to ensure that the aquasafe is evenly mixted. Also beneficial for using when adding new fish/turtles and when treating sick fish/turtles.
Please use this.. and the UV light and heater and everything. PLEASE. Trust me you WILL notice the difference, my turtles didnt have a UV light for a week because the bulb blew and one of them got really sick... and now its better again...
Thats good about the Blue stuff... My woodland turtle has it too and all my other turtles LOL. Erm but yeah get a UV light Fliter and Heater. And see how that goess. Alsoo. Try and feed it seperately untill it starts eating. We have a red earred slider in with all our Yellow bellies and at first it wouldnt eat so we put it in a tub full of water from the tank when it was feeding times only and then when it started eting again and then it went back in the tank with the other 5 LOL. The red ear was the last one added LOL....
I finally got everything I needed, and the one that was sick just sits under the light and actually almost tried eating the other day!!!! It's a slow process, but it's something. Thank you very much for your help!!
Hello, I know you posted this a while ago and that you've already taken steps to try to fix this. I also have two red eared sliders. When I first got them, they were the same size. Over time, one of them wouldn't eat and would constantly bask under the light I have. One of my sliders grew to be twice the size of the other, while the other did not eat and in turn did not grow. I looked some stuff up online and through research concluded that my turtle had a respiratory infection. This was evident because he would occasionally breathe through his mouth and I would hear noises like he was sneezing. On these websites, it said to increase the temperature of the tank or take him to the vet. Well I had no idea where to take a turtle, so I got a heater which keeps the tank at approx 78 degrees and i added another basking light and eventually he started becoming more active and began to eat alot more. So I think that heat is all you need. I also got a thermometer to make sure that the temperature stayed constant. Don't think this will help you now, but maybe other people who read this with the same problem may be able to get something from this. I believe that the heat just allowed his immune system to kick back in and allow him to overcome his illness.
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