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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-03-2013, 09:28 PM
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No but they do have a measurable volume....There are 4 quarts in a Gallon. A turtle needs 10 gallons of water to swim in PER inch of shell. So 2 x 1" turtles need 20 gallons of water.
You have a 16 quart. 16 div by 4 = 4 Gallons.... full to the top. You only have maybe 1/4 or 1/3rd full.... so your turtles only have 1-2 gallons and they also have a HUGE rock in the middle. You need a MUCH bigger tub.

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Get a 90 gallon
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Oh seahorse beat me too it your other turtle might not be growing because of that and if not mistaken reptiles organs grow while their bodies are stunted due to size of tank asap get a bigger tank expensive but you'll be so much happier so will your turtles :)
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I can't get a bigger tank until I get I a filter of some kind. And a heater. And something to agitate the water to keep it from going stagnant. Any suggestions on how to add water volume until then?
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Yes, take out the big brick. put a flat rock in there or 2 stacked that can't fall over. Something dead center that they can swim all the way around the outside and it will feel bigger to them that way. Maximum swimming space.

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Does a basking platform have to have a portion big enough for the turtles that is completely above the water? That's why I propped up the brick; the water level was high enough that the top wasn't completely outside the water.
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Hi. Yes the basking rock needs to allow them to completely dry off. The brick is just so huge and steep.


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If they can't dry off completely they'll develop fungus or shell rot
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Is this more like what you suggested? I found and washed the bricks this morning.
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Trying again.
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