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Re: Live Foods Digest V1 #109

On Tue, 25 Nov 1997 03:58:22 -0500 (EST)
In Live Foods Digest V1 #109
Roger Winter <xenotoca at clara_net> wrote;

> You will also find that they foul the water quickly so either use
> a removable container or devise a method to change the water quickly
> and safely.

Without filtration you will have to change the turtle's water ATLEAST
once a week and probably more often! Invest in either a submergable filter 
or a canaster filter and you'll be able to live with monthly changes.

> Do not use lettuce as there is not much nutrition in it (Iceberg lettuce
> actually requires more calories to eat it than it provides, useless info
> for all you simmers)use aquatic vegetation from a local pond or cultivate
> duckweed, spinach is also very good.

Your partialy right in that "ICEBERG" lettuce requires more calories to 
digest it than it contains, BUT there are other types of lettuce that are 
good, they are sometimes called leafy lettuce (as apposed to heading 
lettuce) a popular type being Romain lettuce. The suggestion of aquatic 
vegetation is a good one and you can add mustard greens and beet greens.
A widely accepted live food for all turtles is crickets, both land and 
aquatic turtles relish them! BTW as a baby that turtle needs vitamin and 
calcium supplements, sprinkel a pinch of a good reptile vitamine powder on 
it's food at each meal and do the same with a calcium supplement (Tetra's 
Reptical) every couple of days untill it is full grown then cut back the 
calcium to once a week and do the vitamins every other day. The turtle also 
needs wide spectrum light (Vitalight is a common brand) or it won't be able 
to metabolize the calcium.


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