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#1 JEAE21

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 08:06 PM

What's the best/worst kind of substrate for turtles?
i heard that some turtles will eat the substrate..

my turtle is a 6" kinosternon.


I'm thinking of getting the shallow creek pebble or the deep river pebble but are they safe?
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Posted 23 October 2007 - 09:35 PM

If they swallow rocks they may have problems coming out the other end. I use fine sand.

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 10:31 PM

I use large, smooth river rocks (1-2" in size) as well as some larger rocks placed randomly for my turt to push around etc. I find it gives him some more stimulation so he can behave a bit more naturally

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:29 AM

That is a really good price for the gravle!

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 08:37 AM

I have no gravel or river rock in my tanks, but I think mine looks nice and it easy to clean. I painted the underside of the bottom of the tank with a slate color and I have a few random pieces of flat, smooth slate in the bottom of my tanks. I even painted the back (outside) of my tanks. I also have some 1in thick slate flor tiles that I use in my enclosures and tanks.
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 07:47 PM

Gravel is not a smart move...
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 01:45 PM

I use large, smooth river rocks (1-2" in size) as well as some larger rocks placed randomly for my turt to push around etc. I find it gives him some more stimulation so he can behave a bit more naturally

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 04:20 PM

hey seven2; doesn't the waterfall sound drive you nuts?lol

chris136; i'll probably stick with bare-bottom with my mud. do they get it really messy though?

hey joeM; what was that? twice? or a face?

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 04:53 PM

x2 meaning like "what he said"

I have large black polished river rocks as well as some random other river rocks in my tank. They don't completely cover the bottom, but do give it a nice look as well as something for my RES to push around.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 05:46 PM

oh o.k.
i still can't decide though..
some say get it..others say no...

i'm trying to go as natural as possible..but i can't get mud for my kinosternon.lol

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 06:08 PM

hey seven2; doesn't the waterfall sound drive you nuts?lol

It really doesn't, most of the time. When it does, I put a round rock under it to break the sound up.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 07:58 PM

chris136; i'll probably stick with bare-bottom with my mud. do they get it really messy though?


Bare bottoms are MUCH cleaner than tanks with substrate.

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Posted 28 October 2007 - 02:50 PM

I prefer the large river rock. Just get a thin layer of it so you can still clean the substrate easily. It looks very good and my turtles liked to dig in it.

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 10:45 PM

sliderkid, am curious with what you mean...do you have a photo of your setup?

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 09:17 AM

Hummm....substrate.....been there, done that and trust me its a waste of time. It sort of acts as a hiding area for poo and foodstuff and when your turt decides to dig in it which they do love to do the water becomes brown and dirty.

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 09:36 AM

I'm a huge fan of sand. I run a heavily planted (duckweed, apongoneton) tank with bottom feeding fish, rock bass, and a musk turtle. It's always the cleanest tank in the house, even though it has the cheapest filter. The plants take up most of the waste products, and then I just pitch a bunch of the duck weed. I still mix up and vacuum the sand once every six weeks, but it's never very dirty.

Sand gets a major thumbs up in planted tanks containing animals of different trophic levels. (b^_^)b
but it gets a big thumbs down in tanks where you just have a turtle pooping all over it (p._.)p

Mud turtles are probably pretty gentle on plants like my musk, so maybe you could try a tank with sand and plants.

Good luck with your choice.

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 07:01 PM

I use polisihed river rock and think they are the way to go. Easy to clean and safe and my turtle loves to poke around in them.

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 08:31 PM

I don't use substrate and the turtles don't seem to mind. everything I have read says that it is not necessary and can be dangerous if eaten

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 05:17 PM

yeah i'm staying with barebottom.
i'll use sand with the softshell though(once i get one...)

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 08:10 PM

You've made a very wise descion JEA.
Turtles can not be trusted with gravel. Trust me i know, I almost lost a $120 exotic turtle to gravel.

Edited by Chris136, 12 November 2007 - 08:10 PM.





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