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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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My turtles keep biting each other! They haven't gotten hurt yet but I don't want to take any chances! They are both hatchlings and I have only had them for a few months. They live in a ten gallon tank. I will be upgrading soon don't worry. They just started biting about a week ago. they are really worrying me! Do I need to get rid of one my turtles?? Please help before one gets hurt!

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I would say that if you can hang on till you get the bigger tank then see how things are. I bet they are frustrated with no where to go. They are on top of each other's territory. They, right now, need minimum 10 gallons of water per inch of shell. Now they are hatchlings so technically you don't want the water too deep for them... but something that you can add more water to as they need more volume. A 45 long or 75 will last you a good long time, several years and doesn't need to be too full to begin with.
But even if they are 1.5 inches long each right now, and you have 2 of them... you are already needing a 30 gallon. So.... go as big as you possibly can. It will be better for them all around.

Good luck!! It's amazing what you can build for them too. It doesn't need to be all expensive store bought stuff.

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Thanks! My only problem is space. As in I have none. The biggest tank I can have is 30 gallons. The only place I can put them is in my room. Will they die I f they stay in a 30? Or will they just stay small? I was told when I bought them that they would only grow as big as their tank would allow them. Is this true? I really cant afford a huge tank and I certainly don't have the room for one. Is the 10 gallons pre inch rule a must or just a suggestion? Thanks in advance.

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Well it will stunt them some to not have the tank they need. 10 gallons is a minimum and guideline. You may find the aggression coming back as they out grow the next tank. At some point you may need to separate them, time will tell. Be sure that you have a proper ramp/dock for basking and that you have both a heat lamp and UVB lamp. These are MOST important. Heater and filter are needed too! Be sure to be diligent in water changes for good water quality.

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turtles grow their entire life, they never stop...a smaller tank might slow it, but it will also shorten their life. Key word there is might...they dont always slow down in a smaller tank, and will probably end up with deformities, and then ultimately untimely death. This is a good example of a turtle that was not given the proper habitat and diet:





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Wow... that's the 3rd turtle I've seen like that... if you FBook "Audrey R. Slider" you will find another exactly like this one... she is the "spokes" turtle for a RES Rescue up in Toronto Canada. She goes to local events with her owner to discuss improper habitat. (Sadly she was kept in a bucket for 20 years) but she is alive and well and living a good life now in a rescue, but her shell will never change.

Just do the very best you can and get the biggest habitat you can. Over time you will need to go bigger. IF you can't... then rehome one of them. Females get much larger than males, by the way.

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I have made the very hard decision of rehoming one of my babies. I decided that It was not fair to them to keep both if I could not care for them. I know a family who has been looking into turtles and I think I will give Cali to them if they want her (I just say her I am not really sure if it is female or not.).Such a hard decision! I love both my babies and hate to see them go. But if it the best for their health then I really have no choice. Thank you for your help and I will keep you posted on tank upgrades and who I sell my turtle to.

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