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03-03-2014 08:56 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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I have mud minnows breeding in my tank.

Get a good quality protein skimmer to keep the water clean. I have an avast marine cs1 and it's amazing (and not insanely expensive)
Thank you, I'll look into this.
03-03-2014 08:55 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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I'd put in about 5 and see how they do. They're pretty quick, so don't be surprised if they last for a little while at first. At least until your guy figures out how to catch them.

Have you tried feeding crickets yet? Collard greens and other leafy greens were the things I'd feed my guys the most. Crickets, pellets, and minnows were every once in a while.



Actually those feeder goldfish are not the best thing for sliders. They're full of fat and really don't provide much nutritional value for a turtle. Minnows are much better. Those goldfish poop all over the place too, so it's going to add that much more waste for a filter to clean up. They're really dirty fish.
I do feed him crickets. He loves those. I also feed him pellets and freeze dried krill. I've tried to feed him greens, but I don't think he knows they are to be eaten. Is there anything I can do to make them more desirable?
03-03-2014 07:46 AM
hunterisgreat I have mud minnows breeding in my tank.

Get a good quality protein skimmer to keep the water clean. I have an avast marine cs1 and it's amazing (and not insanely expensive)
03-03-2014 01:30 AM
Lucy Dog
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I've had the same 3 turtles for 10+ years, they've eaten the same fish for almost the whole time and I've had no problems - With neither health or tank maintenance.
What kind of tank and filter do you have set up? And what do you mean no maintenance?

And regarding the goldfish, I don't want to tell you how to feed your animals, but it's pretty well known they're not a healthy diet for turtles. Even minnows, which are much healthier, should be given more as a treat than part of their regular diet.

"When picking out feeder fish there are a few choices but you should try to stay away from goldfish as they are fatty and suposibley not that good for your turtle. Instead try using rosy red minnows or some other type of minnow as these are a more nutritious choice."

Tank Mates For Your Turtle - B & H's Turtle Site

How good are goldfish for turtles - The Fish Tank - Turtle Forum

A simple google search should come up with more than enough info on the subject.
03-03-2014 01:01 AM
MiaMoo
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Actually those feeder goldfish are not the best thing for sliders. They're full of fat and really don't provide much nutritional value for a turtle. Minnows are much better. Those goldfish poop all over the place too, so it's going to add that much more waste for a filter to clean up. They're really dirty fish.
I've had the same 3 turtles for 10+ years, they've eaten the same fish for almost the whole time and I've had no problems - With neither health or tank maintenance.
03-03-2014 12:05 AM
Lucy Dog
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Originally Posted by HarleyTheGSD View Post
How many should I put in at a time?
I'd put in about 5 and see how they do. They're pretty quick, so don't be surprised if they last for a little while at first. At least until your guy figures out how to catch them.

Have you tried feeding crickets yet? Collard greens and other leafy greens were the things I'd feed my guys the most. Crickets, pellets, and minnows were every once in a while.

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When I had my red eared sliders we'd go to Petsmart and by the 10 cent feeder fish. Just small gold fish type things, and put maybe 1 or 2 dozen in there at a time. They helped clean the tank and never had any negative effect on the turtles. Easy feeders and make the tank pretty.


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Actually those feeder goldfish are not the best thing for sliders. They're full of fat and really don't provide much nutritional value for a turtle. Minnows are much better. Those goldfish poop all over the place too, so it's going to add that much more waste for a filter to clean up. They're really dirty fish.
03-02-2014 11:45 PM
MiaMoo When I had my red eared sliders we'd go to Petsmart and by the 10 cent feeder fish. Just small gold fish type things, and put maybe 1 or 2 dozen in there at a time. They helped clean the tank and never had any negative effect on the turtles. Easy feeders and make the tank pretty.


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03-02-2014 11:07 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Oh.. haha. Sounded like you just got them and wasn't sure what to feed. Definitely get him some minnows to chase around and eat. I used to get my two about 10 every week.
How many should I put in at a time?
03-01-2014 11:35 PM
Lucy Dog
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Originally Posted by HarleyTheGSD View Post
I've had him for about seven years. Got him when he was only about two inches long. Yes, I have all of this. I actually am looking to buy a larger aquarium soon. I don't have the money now, but it's definitely on my list of things to buy. I'll probably buy on craigslist.
Oh.. haha. Sounded like you just got them and wasn't sure what to feed. Definitely get him some minnows to chase around and eat. I used to get my two about 10 every week.
03-01-2014 11:01 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Did you just get him? You're probably going to need to upgrade soon. I had two sliders at one point and they were in a 75 gallon tank and that was getting a little tight for them. I was close to getting them a 150 gallon tank, but didn't have the room at the time for it. Sliders get big.

I had it about 3/4 full and a nice big filter. I think it was rated for like 200+ gallons. Those turtles poop a lot and make that tank really dirty.

This was a while ago but their main diet were those pellets every few days. Minnows or crickets once a week. And they always had access to leafy greens. Mine loved collard greens. I always had some floating at the top of the tank.

Make sure they have a nice dry dock and a heating lamp right on top of the dock. You'll also need a fluorescent UV-B lamp as well. Make sure you have both types of lights.
I've had him for about seven years. Got him when he was only about two inches long. Yes, I have all of this. I actually am looking to buy a larger aquarium soon. I don't have the money now, but it's definitely on my list of things to buy. I'll probably buy on craigslist.
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