Turtes get a home and a name

Even though we have 3 dogs (Ringo, Princess and Lucky) we decided to keep the turtles. So if we were going to keep them we needed to name them. One of the turtle really does have red ears, that is Gus. The other is Pricilla. Gus is very outgoing and Pricilla is very shy!

That first day I met my brother and got his 10 gallon hermit crab tank and decided to set it up.   With a little googling I realized that these turtles needed a lot of water but they also needed a place to bask!  They needed UVA AND UVB light which meant 2 separate bulbs and they needed heat. Holy cow!  They are also like fish so they need a filter. So off to the pet store I went again.  After buying about $75 worth of supplies I headed home. At this point Gus and Pricilla were each about 1 inch long, very very small!  I filled up the tank and built a platform out of rocks for them I set up the filter and the lamps and dropped them in. They were in HEAVEN!

Second Home

They swam around and laid in the sun. It all seemed perfect for about 4 days. Then….. the water turned yellow and cloudy.  I drained it out and filled it up again. Then after about 3 days same thing. So back to google!  The tank was too small!  You need 10 gallons for each inch of turtle. I had 2 inches of turtle and only 10 gallons of water!  Uggh!  So I set out to get them a larger home!  Back to the pet store I went!


Where it all started

About 6 months ago we were cleaning out an apartment after a tenant moved and on the kitchen counter were 2 very very small turtles in a very very small container.1st Home

Both turtles had been living in this tiny container with no water for days. They were hungry and dirty and really just plain sad!  So we adopted them!  I knew nothing about turtles so of course the first stop was Petsmart!  They gave me some food and told me I would need a much bigger container!  They also told me they were aquatic turtles. Red Eared Sliders.  So I headed home with the food and the name and set off to google what this was all about.

My first call was to my brother to see if he wanted them! He of course said no! He had just spent over $75 one a setup for hermit crabs for his daughter and she forgot to feed them and the died. He did offer me the tank! So I took it!  A 10 gallon tank with a heating pad. Sounded like all I would need. I so soooooo wrong!