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Red-Eared Slider Habitat

December 10, 2015 7:57 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Mandy asks…

Red-Eared Slider: Gravel?

I thought it was normal to have gravel on the bottom of your aquarium, but i have heard some stories that the turtles (specifically baby turtles) eat the gravel. Is that true?

and how do i prevent him from eating the gravel?? should i just take the gravel out of the tank altogether??

Martin Boyle answers:

Red-Eared Slider Habitat

Yes this is true and can cause an impact to your Red-Eared Slider turtles. To prevent remove gravel and go with a bare bottom tank or larger stones or rocks…

Red-Eared Slider Turtles are strong and will move large rocks around so be careful if you have a glass aquarium….They are determined reptiles and if food is stuck under a rock they will literally move the rock to get it…

Bare bottom tanks are easier to clean…

Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

red-eared-slider-turtleThe red-eared slider has a long history in the pet trade, and it has been kept for many years by a wide variety of hobbyists, both beginners and veterans. For years they were sold in dime stores, and unfortunately many died due to a lack of knowledge of the children who begged their parents to buy them for them. Luckily, now that reptile enthusiasts are better educated, the red-eared slider has a better chance of survival in captivity, but it is a large turtle and should be kept only by people who are prepared to provide the proper care for it.

Red-eared sliders are strong swimmers and will spend a majority of their time in the water. They bask a lot, too, and during warm, sunny days, wild red-ears love to stack on top of each other while doing so. The slightest movement or sound will send them sliding off their rocks or logs and back into the water—this, coupled with the red ear mark on both sides of their heads, gives them their common name. Pet red-eared sliders can be very personable and will often swim up to you, begging for food.

The native habitat of the red-eared slider is from New Mexico north to Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia, then south through Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia, all the way to northern Mexico. They are often found in slow-moving streams, creeks, lakes, ponds and marshes with a fresh and warm water supply

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Fish Ponds Pumps And Filters

November 21, 2014 11:55 am
posted by Martin Boyle

James asks about fish ponds.

How to care for a fish pond?

So we’re new at owning a fish pond. In the last week, 2 out of 6 goldfish died (one looks from a predator, and the other dead at the bottom of the pond). So we decided to clean the pond because it was really dirty and could only see the upper layer. Another fish was becoming sluggish. Was it a poor choice to clean out the entire fish pond? It had about 1 foot of slime, soil, and dead leaves. As we took out the fish, one of them barely moved. There were 2 water lilies, and cleaned them, and put them back. The water is clear, and de-chlorinated the water. Washed rocks and put them back. The fish seemed lively this time when they went back in, except for that one that was sluggish but still moved with the others. It’s a 75 gal pond. Also, the pond was missing the pump filters, and we looked to replace them today but stores were closed, will try tomorrow. Is this going to shock and kill the fish because of the new environment? Was it a poor choice? How often do I have to clean the pond? Are there pumps to extract the dirty water, or is it bucket by bucket, like I did?

Martin Boyle fish pond answer:

By the sound of it you would have been wrong NOT to have cleaned your fish pond. Had you left it I doubt the remaining fish would have been alive for long.

You need a filter and running water to clean and oxygenate the water in the fish pond, but that can only do so much, you have to maintain the filters and remove waste from the bottom that the filter can’t cope with. What you had was a sump of rotting vegetation poisoning the fish.

Much like a tank your pond will need to cycle, doing it with the fish in it will be tough on the fish.Take the fish out and put them in buckets.

Place the buckets containing the fish into the pond without tipping them in. Leave them for a time so that the water temperature in the bucket/s becomes the same as the water in the pond water, then slowly tip the bucket of fish into the pond.

6 goldfish in a 75 gallon pond is too many.

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Your Questions About Gravel

September 28, 2012 10:47 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Robert asks…

gravel ??/?

What would happen if i put normal builders gravel in my fish tank and if i did could i do something to it to make it OK or not thanks  🙂

Martin Boyle answers:

Gravel is gravel is gravel. Builders gravel, pretty much the cheapest you can buy, is assuredly JUST rock, no chemical treatments (the reason aquarium gravel is so much more expensive is because of the ridiculously gaudy epoxy coat on it). Buying straight gravel is about as safe as you can get, and I would strongly encourage you to do so… Just be sure the package doesn’t say that it was treated in any way.

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Your Questions About Red Gravel

10:27 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Jenny asks…

Will red gravel stress out a Betta fish?

I own a male Betta fish, and I’m wondering if red gravel will stress him out?
I got him not long ago, and he is doing great. He’s lively, and has the right requirements for his tank.
I recently read somewhere that bright gravel would stress your fish out? He has red gravel, but he seems fine. I’m wondering if it would be okay to keep the gravel, or would I need to buy something darker and more natural?

Martin Boyle answers:

If the Betta fish isn’t calm one second and attacking the gravel the next then you will not have to get a more subdued gravel color. Red can stress Betta fish. Just keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn’t jump out of the tank.

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Fish Tank Ornaments (Red Gravel)

September 13, 2012 10:35 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Donald asks…

Fish tank ornaments… need help?

Just bought a fluval edge tank… I’m getting jet black gravel, a piece of driftwood some pebbles and two plants… got some red gravel coming soon and want to make a red path separated by some stones… is it possible to go to the beach and find some small rocks and wash them thoroughly before putting in the tank… or is there a risk in doing that? Thanks

Martin Boyle answers:

Yes you can.
You first want to test them: Buy a bottle of pH down (it’s pretty cheap from the pet store) and empty it into a bowl. Take the rocks you collected and one at a time put them in the liquid. If the liquid bubbles or fizzes the rock is not safe. If it just sits there and nothing reacts the rock is safe and put it aside. Once you’ve determined if the rocks are safe you can put them in a pot of boiling water for 10-15 minutes. This will sterilize them and then you can put them in the tank. (Of course after you dump the water out do NOT grab the rocks..they will be very very hot and you will burn your use tongs or something to take them out and sit for an hour to let them cool before touching and putting them in the tank)

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