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RE: Is it shell rot or something worse?

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Posted by: mperetz at Sun Sep 18 18:40:26 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by mperetz ]  
   

This is the best shot I could get at the moment. Now that she started eating feeder fish so well, I could probably get a shot of her neck entirely extended this week when I put more fish in. The vet wanted me to start them on a diet of live fish. At first she found it hard to catch them and got bored - but once I slowed one of the bigger fish down slightly she seemed to get an immediate taste for them and kept chasing them with an energy she hasn't displayed in years.

I will absolutely set up a basking light over her basking ramp - and once I get a separate tank for the male I'll set one up for him too.

I think it's a good idea that the other guy had to dry dock her overnight for a while until her wound heals.

I am saying that their water temperature was just staying at approx 80 degrees even with the heater turned off (and we had our central AC on... I'm sure it will drop now that our house is not heated or air conditioned for the moment - we're kind of in between seasons here in NY. So the house is currently around 66 degrees and the water will (by the laws of physics) lose heat steadily, albeit slowly I imagine. It's just that in the summer there must be something affecting the water temp since we keep the AC at 73 degrees. I don't know what's causing the warming up to 80. It could be that the tank is near our large sliding glass door to the back deck, which gets some sun exposure for a few hours of the day during the summer - we have vertical blinds but they are not black-out type. We just replaced them actually. They do transmit light, but I don't know how they'd make up for the heat differential. It's a bit of a mystery why the tank gets up to 80 degrees in the summer = but we'll deal with that next summer. Now we have to deal with rapidly cooling temps leading into Winter...

I'm going to do the dry dock thing. Do you also think I should do the 'whole turtle' betadine wash? Or should I just wipe her shell off as I have been.


   

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