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  1. Moozillion

    Fun water turtle name options

    Just a little silliness to lighten the mood with all the stress our country has been going through.😁 I was watching a British game show recently, and one of the questions was about the 4 types of marine salvage. I thought they’d make fun names for aquatic turtles, especially if you had a small...
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    Species ID?

    Two of my friends pulled off a happy turtle rescue, and they'd like to know the species. The turtle has ALREADY BEEN RELEASED, so I have limited photos. Friend #1 was driving her 92-year old stepmother to a Medical appointment when she spotted a good sized aquatic turtle in a busy road: it's...
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    Black water tank for mud/musk turtles?

    Has anyone ever kept their mud/musk turtle in a black water tank? Do you think that would more resemble their natural environment?
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    Best water test kit?

    Opinions on the best aquarium water test kits? I’ve been using API Master Test Kit.
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    Advice re water treatments..,

    Ok, so I've finally decided I'm just not happy with the water treatment I use (Neutral Regulator). Our city water is pretty alkaline, and their website says they use chloramine for water purification, so that makes sense. But despite repeated treatment with Neutral Regulator with all water that...
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    She's confusing me...

    I always thought mud turtles were pretty much carnivores and insectivores etc. But Millie seems to be biting the leaves of plants in her tank. I didn't think she'd eat plants, so I have pothos having in her tank, and a peace lily in a perforated container: roots below the water level, but leaves...
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    The eternal quest for a good light...

    I need to get UVB lights for 2 different aquariums. One is for my Mississippi mud turtle. She LOVES to bask, and basks under her heat lamp frequently. I had an MVB for her heat and UVB, but her carapace started getting a little bumpy, which I understand can be caused by the UVB. So I'm looking...
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    How to dispose of a spent MVB?

    I have an old Mercury Vapor Bulb that is probably spent and needs to be disposed of. I'm ASSUMING it has actual mercury in it, which seems like it would make it an environmental hazard if not disposed of properly. I really do NOT want to just put it in the trash so that it gets dumped in the...
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    Fluorite as substrate?

    Has anybody ever used Fluorite for substrate in a turtle tank? I’m trying to find ways to add more plants to a 40 gal breeder tank that has 3.5 inches of water.
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    Today's gourmet delight...

    For brunch this morning we have Mazuri and dried opuntia chips soaked in warm water, with a sprinkling of Miner-All, served in a Mallow flower bowl! (ignore the bag of quinoa in the background- that's for me! 🙃 ) The offering was well received... Although a face-plant is not very lady...
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    Fluorescent tube UVB sources?

    I am having difficulty sourcing tube fluorescent UVB lights these days. I can find MVB and compact fluorescent UVB, but not TUBE UVB. where are y’all finding tube fluorescent UVB lights these days?
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    Dang turtle must be PSYCHIC!!!

    I can NOT figure out how Millie does this. Her aquarium is here in our breakfast room, right by the table so we can see her easily and often. She has been basking for a good while as I sit nearby on my computer. She was SOUND asleep with her neck stretched out, eyes closed, letting her chin...
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    Other aquatic animals for enrichment?

    Ok, just hear me out. Millie (a Mississiippi Mud Turtle who lost a front foot to a predator as a hatchling) almost always comes up to the front of the tank whenever I come by. Most of the time, if I drop in some food, she ignores it. She seems drawn to movement and activity, and hangs out at the...
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    Millie follows CDC recommendations!!!!

    I am so proud of Millie! ✨ She is being a VERY sensible turtle and is following the CDC recommendations on the coronavirus! Although the personal risk to her is low because she is YOUNG AND HEALTHY, she knows that if she goes out, she could contact the virus and bring it home to hubby and me...
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    What a difference a year makes!

    Nelson (Razor Backed Musk Turtle) came to me on March 27, 2019. He was not even 3 months old yet, with a known hatch date of Jan 10, 2019. He was SOOOO teeny-tiny that I could only hold him with 2 fingers! He was 1.5 inches long and weighed 13 grams: Now, March 16, 2020, he's 1 year and...
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    Vitamin D and UVB question

    My Mississippi mud turtle eats Hikari Sinking Carnivore Pellets happily. The ingredient list says it's fortified with Vitamin D (and lots of other things). If the purpose of the UVB light is to help them make vitamin D, but she's getting it in her diet, do I NEED a UVB bulb? I currently have a...
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    Aquarium setup dilemma

    Hi, gang. I am in the process of setting up a 40 gallon breeder tank for my Mississippi mud turtle, Millie. But I'm struggling with how best to do it. The issue is that because she lost her right front foot to a predator when she was a hatchling, she is a NON-SWIMMER. Oh, she tries, and paddles...
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    Great Stuff Expanding Foam

    This may not be the right place for this post, but it's a question about safe turtle enclosure materials, and I wasn't sure where else to post it. I am in the planning stages of making a paludarium for my mud turtle. I see a lot of really great paludarium scapes made using Great Stuff Expanding...
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    Mud turtle is eating gravel???

    I really don't know what to think. I caught my Mississippi mud turtle, Millie, appearing to intentionally eat pieces of gravel in her tank. When I saw it the first time, I thought maybe she was getting carried away trying to get worm bits since she appeared to be picking up bits of gravel right...
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    Here comes MILLIE!!!

    We have a new family member! PREQUEL: Flashback to last year, about June of 2018. A very sweet young lady found a teeny, TINY hatchling turtle outside her home. The baby was hiding under some wood, and she noticed that something had obviously bitten off its leg- and a small piece of white bone...
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