I have a true emergency.
I'm so embarrassed to admit this but I need help.
There is a large piece of marble in the RES tank we inherited today.I went to do a move out clean at an apartment late this afternoon and there they were.
I know almost nothing, but common sense told me to get these little guys warm, and get them as set up as possible with limited (ok no) funds until Wed.
They are aprox.1 to 1 1/2 inches.
they are now in a 10 gal. tank with the cheapest filter possible workin' well.
The water temp is 74 degrees and and they both munched some freeze dried krill and some pellets reco. by sir aquatic salesman! They seemed happy and perhaps content!!
I put a large slab of marble in there as a makeshift to allow them an area to bask if needed. This piece I set on a small cup as to achieve the slant so they could get out of the water. AGAIN a makeshift until...
This is where it gets BAD.
I wes putting a better heater in the tank, one my husband picked up after work.
One of the turtles got stuck under the slab when I was tweaking the setup.
End result...the shell is dented from the weight as it was pinned and under water at least 30 minutes.
It is alive. but dented. It has not moved around, has not stuck its head out of its shell.
My husband ( and I) are convinced that it must be suffering and he wants to put it out of its misery. Prob. not a bad idea but he wants to do it in such a way that to me seems very barbaric.
PLEASE PLEASE TURTLE FOLK, WILL SOMEONE POST A RESPONSE AS TO WHAT SHOULD BE DONE FOR THIS FELLOW. Please try to refrain from making me feel worse than I already do (if that's possible )
my email is [email protected]
. Thank you