Slider Turtle Shell Problems?

Discussion in 'Reptiles' started by fishfanatic15, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. fishfanatic15Valued MemberMember

    Hi, so i have a yellow belly slider turtle that I got from petco a little more than a week ago(petco is the only place around where I live that you can get turtles). She (or at least I think it is a she) is currently in a 40 gallon tank (cycled) with a tetrafauna 55g reptofilter and a tetra whisper 20i. I also have a heat bulb and a uvb/uva bulb. The temp over the basking area is currently 95 degrees ( I am pretty sure this is too high...please let me know) I did some research before I got my turtle and I will be upgrading her tank to a 75 gallon and when/if she outgrows this tank she will go into our turtle pond outside (we live in florida so no worries about Sun/heat) she is about 31/2 to 4 inches right now.
    Here are some of my questions...
    Is this enough filtration? I have an extra cycled filter that is currently running in my divided betta tank but it has 2 filters that could both cover the bio load on there own if need be.
    My turtle dosent seem to bask often... I saw her basking 2 days ago but I was home all most all day yesterday and didn't see her bask once... I am worried that she can't get up to bask...(she is eating fine and swims around alot)
    How often should I do water changes... I change my betta tank every week, should I do the same here?
    Is her shell messed up... I don't really know what they should look like but it looks weird to me... I have only had her a week and it isn't much different than what it looked like when I got her but I am thinking it is unhealthy 0fd8e368f81a9763f21503218bdb8059.jpg554fd98334f500de961d324c339ad1bb.jpg
    Sorry I can't get good pictures right now... I will try later when I get home
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2017
  2. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    You could try allowing the basking spot to be more accessible. Try moving one of those rock ledges beneath it, and maybe she'll get up there.

    I would crank the temperature down to 88 - 90°
  3. fishfanatic15Valued MemberMember

    I am not sure how to lower the temp... it is the heat lights that make it hot so how do I turn it down? I need a rock ledge to lift up the filter so should I get another? I have seen her up on the basking thing before so I don't think she has problems getting up there
    df82c48f9bdd4ad04278078510a48414.jpg28c4bcc0121129182c8f9846ecbc0077.jpg6075ed293dbc18b8ae9f48856f70b5b9.jpg33b6599c4bec1f58e7b6f753ce9625c4.jpg Here are some better pictures of the shell
  4. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    She looks perfectly healthy to me.

    If you've seen her bask before, then there isn't any problem. You can lower the temp by raising the lamp higher above the tank.
  5. fishfanatic15Valued MemberMember

    Okay thank you for all your help

    dbabace0b7022ccc9efc5a38b6e82078.jpg so their shells normally look like this when dry...
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  6. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    Yes, but theres no problem with your turtle.

    Just make sure she eats, swims, and acts normally.
  7. fishfanatic15Valued MemberMember

    Okay... thanks I get a little paranoid with my pets
  8. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    So do I, and I have 20 pets to think, and care for.