Gus and Pricilla Move In!

Well there is good news and bad news today. The good news was that this morning the tank was clear! The bad news was that the leak was back.  It was smaller but still there.  I have tried everything so I will have to take it all off and try again….next weekend. I decided to go ahead with the move in-spite of the leak.  Clearly this will be an on going project!

So I moved over all of their stuff.  I decorated the platform and everything!

New Platform

I moved over the light as well.  I did have to make some modifications to the filter. It was moving too slow. I took it apart which was much harder with the water flowing.  I will need to make some adjustments there as well. The light fixture also needs some work, but for phase 1 we are good to go.

So here is the final setup.

Final Setup

After this I put Gus and Pricilla in. At first they were totally freaked out!  After a while they settled down. I am actually a little worried they could get out!  We will see.  Not sure how they would fare with the dogs.

So far they want nothing to do with the basking platform.  I did give them a turtle chaser treat which they did enjoy.  Here are a couple of short videos of them in their new home.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/110415809950659881018/albums/5913565980893879633
The turtles have their own YouTube Channel!

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We all settle in……

The new home worked well. The turtles were happy! They water was clear. I could do a 1/4 tank change every weekend and a full tank change one a month or so.  The turtles got really friendly! Then they started to beg!  Every morning at breakfast time they scratch the glass until I feed them!  So feed them I did, until I read that you can over feed them! I think I was. They started to get a bumpy shell so I back down on the food and got them several different kinds. I even gave them cichlid pellets -which they love!  So what do you think happy turtles do? They GROW!  So Gus and Pricilla are really really happy! They are now about 4 inches each.  I have had them for about 6 months and they are getting big and strong. So now think back to how much room a turtle needs, 10 gallons for every inch. I now how about 8 inches of turtles and only 30 gallons of water!  So it is happening again! The water is getting yellow much sooner. I am having to do 1/2 tank changes every week rather 1/4 tank and a full tank change every 3 weeks.  So back to the drawing board I went.

My nephew wanted me to get a custom tank like this from All Glass Cages. A square table top model with a built in tank for only $700 and I had to drive to pick it up! What a deal!  it looks cool but just way too much money! Gus and Pricilla do not have jobs!

So I kept Looking and they kept getting bigger!2013-06-21_11-31-41_258 2013-06-21_11-32-09_609

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!