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ReptileLuver729
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« on: December 07, 2008, 11:03:05 AM »

I got a snail for my turtle tank. I think it was called like a black mystery snail or something. I was wondering if i could put like pond snails in the tank also.
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2008, 12:43:46 PM »

Yes, you can mix the variety of snails in the tank.

However, most of us view pond snails as pest snails and try to avoid introducing them to our tanks.

Your "mystery" snail is most likely a brig -- here's most of what you need to know about keeping one.

  http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/forum/index.php/topic,6317.0.html
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2008, 12:58:10 PM »

Actually...a black mystery snail...I would bet it's a cana (similar to the brig...but gets softball sized rather than golfball sized and eats plants...)
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2008, 02:11:42 PM »

What kind of turtle, I had been wondering this same thing. Do red-earred sliders eat snails? I would like to get my friend some snails for her turtle tank.  Smiley And yes the turtles will be moving to a pond in Spring. They are in a huge tank.
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ReptileLuver729
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2008, 05:14:43 PM »

He is a western painted turtle.
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2008, 06:35:37 PM »

I have a 20 gallon long tank. It has one western painted turtle and one black mystery snail. It has a floating dock, a piece of driftwood, some random river rocks, and some larger rocks. The tank is SOOOOO boring looking. It looks really weird since it has ONE turtle and ONE snail. Got any ideas on how to spice it up?
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2008, 06:41:59 PM »

How big do Western painted turtles get? I have seen some really cool turtle tank ideas. Like stack up a bunch of rocks at one end and make a beach. The only thing is one person (at the Herpaton place) said they can get stuck, under big rocks, so you would have to have small rocks. I think most turtles eat most plants, I used to take my friends turtles anacaris,(never can remember how to spell that plant) for a snack. So, finding plants they don't eat may be a challenge.
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2008, 06:59:49 PM »

I think he will get 6-8 inches. I am thinking about duckweed. Do you know where to buy that online? What kind of lighting do the plants need? What other snails could i get?

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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2008, 07:00:20 PM »

Considering that turtle is going to be 10 inches (shell length) when its grown (3-5 years old)  I fear for the state of its health in a 20 gallon tank.

What sort of lights do you have on it?  How often does it shed it schutes?  It is a real challenge (but one that CAN be accomplished) to meet the needs of a turtle in captivity.  Many of our members here feel very strongly that their needs are so hard to meet that it simply shouldn't be tried.

I can say with confidence that if you have this poor animal in a 20 gallon tank its needs are probably not being met.  I am sorry but I cannot make any recommendations for you beyond that of bringing its current living conditions up to that of proper hospitality.

Do you know if it is a male of female... the males stay much smaller than do the females.
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2008, 07:09:20 PM »

Yep, I was kinda thinking that myself, but as usual, was sort of unsure of how big that kind gets, and not really getting to the point. Turtles grow really, really fast.....that I do know. It usually isn't a matter of years, but more like in a year. huge.

And doesn't it already have a basking light?
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2008, 07:15:23 PM »

Right now it is 4 inches. I do not know if it is a boy or girl. I have had him since June. He has a basking lamp it is a UVA bulb. They are not hard at all to tank care of. It is one of the easiest and most fun pets i have ever had!
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2008, 07:29:37 PM »

How often does it shed its schutes?  Do they come off whole or in parts?

You need a full spectrum light, UVA is a good start but with out a UVB you will experience shell deterioration rapidly.  Remember to throw out your bulbs and get news ones every 6 months.... even though they are still lit they are no longer producing the proper spectrum.
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