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  • Posted on: 10/11/2007 0:35
i could be making a mistake #1
ok ive got a turtle thats a male and soon in about 20min im going to go to the aquarium to buy plants for the tank but i might buy another turtle would it be alright or would i make a mistake
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Re: i could be making a mistake #2
If you're not sure -from your own research- it would be a mistake regardless of what the shop tell you.

Sorry I cant offer any more advice.
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Re: i could be making a mistake #3
thanks but wheres the reptile specialists when you need them
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Re: i could be making a mistake #4
well... bear in mind its 1am here, take a guess
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Re: i could be making a mistake #5
your a reptile specialist but doesnt it say on your thing plant adviser so if you are then cant u give me more information????
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Re: i could be making a mistake #6
were you going to get another of the same species? if the tank is big enough for two the same, then should be ok, but if not probably best not. also to be honest i work work out what it is with the turtle that you have shedding so often before you get another. and you will definately need a bigger filter for aother turtle
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Re: i could be making a mistake #7
The others are talking sense, another turtle combined with the other you already have will further help your tankwater turn into gravy if you havent sorted out a filter yet. In addition, should you buy a female to go with the male, and she become gravid, you as yet dont have the facilities for her to lay eggs, and if she retains them as is quite likely without having anywhere to dig a nest, she will probably die.

The plants though, perhaps they might help freshen the water a little, but choose floating species because the turtles tend to dig anything else up. Plants are usually a bit of a waste of time in a turtle tank.

Be best to spend your money on a filter for now, or get some cuttlebone or calcium rich foods for your turtle. When you have fully mastered the care and read a good book about turtle care, only then go for another animal.Helps to be able to handle one and know as much about the species as you can before taking on another.
Long necks and snake necks can be aggressive around other turtles, even though other species may be more powerful. To another more predacious turtle, that neck is a tempting target.

I know its always tempting to take on more animals but you really should get the care right for the one you have and read up on the potential difficultiees of managing the different sexes before having another. Turtles have individual personalities, and if the budget is limited , you dont want to risk them not getting on. You wont have the cash for another suitable enclosure.

At one time I had to manage a consingnment of 200 adult turtles rescued from a dredged pond at a closing down wildlife park, and they were fighting and had to be segregated into compatible groups. In the few days it took the turtles to get to me many of them already had major limb and neck wounds where the males had been hassling the females in close quarters. 30 of them at least needed topical wound cleansing and antibiotic injections, most of them females.

You have to know your species before trying different species of turtle in with yours, yours is a special species, its not like just mixing sliders and cooters and that requires a good deal of reading. If for example you bought diamondback terrapins ,large adult specimens of carnivores or other species like snapping turtles and softshells your tank could have some real issues and your nice male turtle could be killed. Turtles arent above predating or territorially victimising closely related species.


Id concentrate on getting your turtle as happy as possible first. You obviously have a few issues with sloughing and water pollution that need addressing first. Adding more turtles now will make things worse.

Well cared for, your turtle may still be around when you are in your forties or fifties, so you have years to plan something really good.Youre eleven at the moment, and it takes a good few years to become a turtle expert.

Give it some time to be solid on all the concepts of keeping before you get more, or turtle keeping could turn out to become something of a regret for you later in life.
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Re: i could be making a mistake #8
ok before i yell at some random person on the street ive already got a filter its not a pro one but it works and its good and if i did get another turtle i would get the same species and now its time for the yelling not at anyone directly but at myself I ALREADY GOT THE TURTLE ITS IN ANOTHER BOX (because im cleaning the tank)AND NOW I FOUND OUT THAT IT WONT BE A GOOD IDEA
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Re: i could be making a mistake #9
Well if you bought a baby turtle you might get away with it for a limited time, and it is possible the turtles might get on. I guess you can try them, but if nipping starts you will have to seperate them. Try to watch them together without being too conspicuous, turtles often do the worst fighting when people arent watching and they think they are in private. Either that or take the other turtle back.
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Re: i could be making a mistake #10
I went to bed after my last post and missed the rest of the conversation but just to clarify I am not a reptile expert. My sister kept snakes for a while and last time I visited she had some sort of lizard and thats about it as far as my reptile expertise goes. If you want to know about water chemistry, cycling, plant feed, lighting or anything along those lines though I'll be very happy to assist.