In the home stretch!!!

So yesterday when I was getting ready for the setup for this weekend I moved the new turtle basking area and the ramp fell off!! Sheesh -can I get a break!  So back to home depot for more serious glue!  I did that this morning and it seems to be better!  I will let it sit over night to be sure. Would not want a turtle accident, there is no way we are going to the turtle emergency room!

After our road race this morning I can bake and took the plunge.  I filled her up and no more leaks!! Happy Dancing all over the room, me the dog and the turtles!  So I filled it up plugged in the heater and she is off and running!  The water is not clear. I have to get more clarifier.  I did put some of the coral in there I got from the guy I bought the tank from.  The water is now about 72 degrees too cold for Gus and Pricilla so I hope by later on tonight or in the morning it will be a bit warmer.

Here is the current basking platform and ramp setup:


Turtle Basking Platform


Here is the full loaded tank – full and not leaking but cloudy 😦


Full Cloudy Tank

I think we are in the home stretch!  I am off to petsmart to get some new furniture for the new turtle house!  Think of it as a house warming gift!


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!