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Hotrod
02-12-2009, 08:41 AM
The boy really wanted one and I thought what the hell how hard can it be to care for a ****ing turtle???

Dont get me wrong it is pretty damn cool and I love all animals.

Here is the problem. The son of a bitch makes his tank & water smell up the whole freaking house within 2 days. I mean a nasty ass smell. I change the water every day or two and have a water filter thingy running 24/7

Any turtle experts got any advice???

http://www.allturtles.com/turtlepics/2jade133.jpg

Smiling Assassin27
02-12-2009, 08:45 AM
They make great soup...

dbfan4life
02-12-2009, 08:45 AM
The boy really wanted one and I thought what the hell how hard can it be to care for a ****ing turtle???

Dont get me wrong it is pretty damn cool and I love all animals.

Here is the problem. The son of a b**** makes his tank & water smell up the whole freaking house within 2 days. I mean a nasty ass smell. I change the water every day or two and have a water filter thingy running 24/7

Any turtle experts got any advice???

http://www.allturtles.com/turtlepics/2jade133.jpg

Yeah, get rid of it. My son got Salmanella from a turtle we bought.

TailgateNut
02-12-2009, 08:46 AM
Take it for a walk!;D Maybe you can keep up.:rofl:

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 08:46 AM
Yeah, get rid of it. My son got Salmanella from a turtle we bought.

seriously???

wtf is up with that

dbfan4life
02-12-2009, 08:47 AM
Yeah, get rid of it. My son got Salmanella from a turtle we bought.

Plus they're dirty, they stink, and the tank requires at least a weekly cleaning.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 08:47 AM
Take it for a walk!;D Maybe you can keep up.:rofl:

You would be surprised this little ****er and really motor for short distances

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 08:48 AM
Plus they're dirty, they stink, and the tank requires at least a weekly cleaning.

exactly the stink is unreal.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 08:50 AM
Cute and fun loving turtle needs a good home or any home really :)

http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0016/14218/red-earedsliderturtleimage.jpg

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 08:50 AM
WTF man get him a dog. Turtles suck.

dbfan4life
02-12-2009, 08:51 AM
seriously???

wtf is up with that

No joke. Google search it. Turtles/reptiles carry salmonella in their feces. If you decide to keep it. Keep a huge bottle of sanitizer near by.

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 08:51 AM
Ha!

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 08:51 AM
WTF man get him a dog. Turtles suck.

We have 2 dogs already

Dukes
02-12-2009, 08:51 AM
My wife bought two of those sliders on a street in LA (it was actually illegal because of how young they were). Bought them for $10, and $200 later we had a tank, filtration system and two warm turtles.

I'd say it's a good pet for the kids, although that salmonella is kinda scary. Doesn't take much to take care of them, just need to clean their tank and feed them. We finally just gave them away because they stink so bad and are basically worthless as a pet after about a month.

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 08:52 AM
We have 2 dogs already

Then tell him to feed one of em ;D

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 08:53 AM
My wife bought two of those sliders on a street in LA (it was actually illegal because of how young they were). Bought them for $10, and $200 later we had a tank, filtration system and two warm turtles.

I'd say it's a good pet for the kids, although that salmonella is kinda scary. Doesn't take much to take care of them, just need to clean their tank and feed them. We finally just gave them away because they stink so bad and are basically worthless as a pet after about a month.

that is the real deal breaker for me. Walk into the room and the smell is aweful.

Dukes
02-12-2009, 08:54 AM
that is the real deal breaker for me. Walk into the room and the smell is aweful.

Maybe you'll get used to it? ???

Kaylore
02-12-2009, 08:55 AM
I owned a turtle as a kid. They're kind of cool, but they can be rough. Tortoises are easier because there is less water needed and you can keep them outside.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 08:56 AM
Maybe you'll get used to it? ???

Impossible the first thing I think when I walk into that room is that a dog must have **** all over this place.

Kaylore
02-12-2009, 08:56 AM
:rofl:

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 08:56 AM
I owned a turtle as a kid. They're kind of cool, but they can be rough. Tortoises are easier because there is less water needed and you can keep them outside.

LOL that would solve my problem in a matter of minutes :)

Dukes
02-12-2009, 08:57 AM
Hilarious!

TailgateNut
02-12-2009, 08:57 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c6/Turtle_soup_chinese.jpg/180px-Turtle_soup_chinese.jpg

theAPAOps5
02-12-2009, 08:58 AM
That was fast!

Dukes
02-12-2009, 08:59 AM
The best part is when they try to snap at you.

TailgateNut
02-12-2009, 08:59 AM
Impossible the first thing I think when I walk into that room is that a dog must have **** all over this place.

Just have your dogs actually **** on the floor a few times and you wont smell the turtle anymore.:spit:

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:00 AM
The best part is when they try to snap at you.

I love that part.

Actually puttin your finger up by the glass the little ****er comes over and tries his ass off to bite me.....err I mean give me a kiss :)

SouthStndJunkie
02-12-2009, 09:01 AM
I used to have 10-20 turtles at any given time when I was a kid.

A bunch of snapping turtles, a few painted turtles, a few soft shelled turtles, a spotted turtle, and an occasional box turtle (but I would let the box turtles go after a month or so, as they only focus on getting back to their original territory).

I am sure you could pick up salmonella....but I never had any problems with it.

dbfan4life
02-12-2009, 09:01 AM
:spit:

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:02 AM
I used to have 10-20 turtles at any given time when I was a kid.

A bunch of snapping turtles, a few painted turtles, a few soft shelled turtles, a spotted turtle, and an occasional box turtle (but I would let the box turtles go after a month or so as they only focus on getting back to their original territory).

I am sure you could pick up salmonella....but I never had any problems with it.

This is a red ear slider and actually pretty cool. If I could just get rid of the smell

vancejohnson82
02-12-2009, 09:03 AM
maybe a pet rock would take a little less upkeep...

wanna know what takes HOURS of time??

http://photos-f.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-snc1/v1940/81/19/1115024617/n1115024617_30043733_872.jpg (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30067551&id=1115024617)

Try getting one of these little f***ers.....he literally needs the same attention as a baby...time, talking, love, everything....basically all the reasons I avoid having a girlfriend


ANyone thinking of having a baby should get a parrot first....

theAPAOps5
02-12-2009, 09:03 AM
We had one at work at my last job. The best part was gold fish day. We all took turn buying feeder fish. We did it about once a month. They are precise killing machines in the water. Its AWESOME. Our turle would toy with the little ****ers. It would bite the tails off and let them live for a while. Then BAM go in for the kill a little later on.

PaintballCLE
02-12-2009, 09:04 AM
are you sure your using the right kind of filter?????

because they really shoudn't smell that bad.......get the filters the store has and you should be fine.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:05 AM
We had one at work at my last job. The best part was gold fish day. We all took turn buying feeder fish. We did it about once a month. They are precise killing machines in the water. Its AWESOME. Our turle would toy with the little ****ers. It would bite the tails off and let them live for a while. Then BAM go in for the kill a little later on.

LOL now that I gotta try. I've just been feeding him little pellets and he freaking attacks them.

worm
02-12-2009, 09:05 AM
Pretty little guy for making the entire place smell like ass.

I had a college roommate like that once.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:06 AM
are you sure your using the right kind of filter?????

because they really shoudn't smell that bad.......get the filters the store has and you should be fine.

maybe I will look online and see if I can get some better type of filter or something.

I'm thinking this little ****er is sick or something??? I can put fresh water in there and within 24 hours its all brown and murky.

I notice he sheds is that normal???

SouthStndJunkie
02-12-2009, 09:08 AM
This is a red ear slider and actually pretty cool. If I could just get rid of the smell

You are probably smelling the ammonia in your tank as the result of decomposition of the turtle crap and other stuff.

Do you have a good filtration system?

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:11 AM
You are probably smelling the ammonia in your tank as the result of decomposition of the turtle crap and other stuff.

Do you have a good filtration system?


They sold me one at the pet store that was not working very well so I bought a much bigger one and it works somewhat better but still does not keep up. Maybe I should run both of them???

Taco John
02-12-2009, 09:12 AM
Turtles are terrible as indoor pets. That smell will get into everything in your house. Your kid will be the one whose clothes smells like turtle piss.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:13 AM
Turtles are terrible as indoor pets. That smell will get into everything in your house. Your kid will be the one whose clothes smells like turtle piss.

Exactly now how do I solve this issue???

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 09:14 AM
Get a pet skunk and problem solved. You will never smell the turtle again.

SouthStndJunkie
02-12-2009, 09:14 AM
They sold me one at the pet store that was not working very well so I bought a much bigger one and it works somewhat better but still does not keep up. Maybe I should run both of them???

How big is your tank?

Did you explain the problem to the people at the pet store?

I used to have a little smell in my tanks from time to time, but nothing like what you are explaining.

Taco John
02-12-2009, 09:15 AM
maybe I will look online and see if I can get some better type of filter or something.

I'm thinking this little ****er is sick or something??? I can put fresh water in there and within 24 hours its all brown and murky.

I notice he sheds is that normal???



This is normal for a turtle. I had a friend in college who went through the same thing. His girlfriend thought it would be cute to buy him a turtle. He ended up having to clean the tank once a day.

Here's a video that will give you some effective ideas on how to prevent having to do this every day:

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Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 09:21 AM
Looks like a great meal. I think I need a turtle and maybe a few Bull Frogs.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:22 AM
I wonder if pouring half a bottle of bleach in the tank would help???

MagicHef
02-12-2009, 09:23 AM
If you put him in a kiddie pool outside with a piece of plywood covering half of it for shade during the summer, your dog will knock the plywood into the pool, making a ramp for the turtle to escape and run away while you are at school.

Taco John
02-12-2009, 09:24 AM
I wonder if pouring half a bottle of bleach in the tank would help???

I'd use a knife. I'd think bleach would affect the taste.

theAPAOps5
02-12-2009, 09:24 AM
I wonder if pouring half a bottle of bleach in the tank would help???

With or without the turtle in it? :wiggle:

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:24 AM
Ok so reading up on this thing the interwebs claim it could live 15-50 years wtf they failed to mention this little tidbit at the pet store :nono:

theAPAOps5
02-12-2009, 09:25 AM
If you put him in a kiddie pool outside with a piece of plywood covering half of it for shade during the summer, your dog will knock the plywood into the pool, making a ramp for the turtle to escape and run away while you are at school.

He lives in Gunnison, CO where its warm about 2 days out of the year. The turtle will be a popsicle well before it escapes!

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:26 AM
He lives in Gunnison, CO where its warm about 2 days out of the year. The turtle will be a popsicle well before it escapes!

problem solved

theAPAOps5
02-12-2009, 09:26 AM
Ok so reading up on this thing the interwebs claim it could live 15-50 years wtf they failed to mention this little tidbit at the pet store :nono:

Have him keep it at the ex's. Then both he and YOU will get great joy fromt he turtle!

Taco John
02-12-2009, 09:26 AM
He lives in Gunnison, CO where its warm about 2 days out of the year. The turtle will be a popsicle well before it escapes!

Turtles are cold blooded. He'll just hibernate.

theAPAOps5
02-12-2009, 09:27 AM
Turtles are cold blooded. He'll just hibernate.

Ah crap forgot that little tidbit.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:27 AM
Have him keep it at the ex's. Then both he and YOU will get great joy fromt he turtle!

Now I'm getting some solutions I've been looking for Ha!

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 09:27 AM
Have him keep it at the ex's. Then both he and YOU will get great joy fromt he turtle!

Haha yea tell him he has to take it to mom's. See how that goes over.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:28 AM
Haha yea tell him he has to take it to mom's. See how that goes over.

I'm guessing it aint gonna fly Ha!

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 09:30 AM
I'm guessing it aint gonna fly Ha!

Actually if you got it before the divorce was finalized half of the turtle is hers ???

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:35 AM
Actually if you got it before the divorce was finalized half of the turtle is hers ???

Oh thats a good point. I will send her a bill for care and feeding then if she refuses to pay I'll drop it off in her car while she is at work with a note "its your baby to and you need to live up to your responsiblity"

:)

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 09:38 AM
Get yourself a gator. Turtle problem solved. ;D

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 09:39 AM
Get yourself a gator. Turtle problem solved. ;D

Have too be a big gator I had a friend with about a 2 foot Gator and he lived with 3 turtles.

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 09:42 AM
Have too be a big gator I had a friend with about a 2 foot Gator and he lived with 3 turtles.

Solution Number Two: If you happen to golf at Englewood Golf Course, you'll notice in some of the lakes on the back nine, a few of these exact kinds of turtles swimming along.

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 09:44 AM
Ha!

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:47 AM
Turtles are cold blooded. He'll just hibernate.

So it would be fine kept in the freezer???

We could just take him out for special occassions.

chickennob2
02-12-2009, 09:47 AM
Hotrod, you gutless drunk!

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 09:47 AM
So it would be fine kept in the freezer???

We could just take him out for special occassions.
ROFL!

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 09:56 AM
10 ounces (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 pound turtle meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup minced celery (4 stalks)
2 medium onions, minced (2 medium)
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups tomato purée
1 quart beef stock
NOTE: If turtle bones are available, add them to the beef bones when making the stock for this dish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, as needed
1/2 cup lemon juice
5 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced parsley
6 teaspoons dry sherry
Melt 8 ounces (2 sticks) butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the flour and cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until the roux is light brown. Set aside.
In a 5-quart saucepan, melt the remaining butter and add turtle meat. Cook over high heat until the meat is brown. Add celery, onions, garlic and seasonings, and cook until the vegetables are transparent.

Add tomato purée, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the stock and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the roux and cook over low heat, stirring, until the soup is smooth and thickened. Correct seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Add lemon juice, eggs and parsley.

Remove from heat and serve. At the table, add 1 teaspoon sherry to each soup plate.

Taco John
02-12-2009, 09:57 AM
I have a hunch that turle meat tastes something close to lobster...

baja
02-12-2009, 09:57 AM
The boy really wanted one and I thought what the hell how hard can it be to care for a ****ing turtle???

Dont get me wrong it is pretty damn cool and I love all animals.

Here is the problem. The son of a b**** makes his tank & water smell up the whole freaking house within 2 days. I mean a nasty ass smell. I change the water every day or two and have a water filter thingy running 24/7

Any turtle experts got any advice???

http://www.allturtles.com/turtlepics/2jade133.jpg

That's easy get one that doesn't shiit or get two that will eat each others shiit. Problem solved.

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 09:58 AM
Uh you just food jacked yourself.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 10:00 AM
I have a hunch that turle meat tastes something close to lobster...

I honestly cant imagine trying to eat a turtle after smelling the foul bastard.

Arkansas Bronco
02-12-2009, 10:03 AM
Deer dont smell great but are good as hell, just sayin :)

baja
02-12-2009, 10:04 AM
You could do what a friend of mine did, get a larger size turtle (5 or 6 inches) and keep him in the guest room toilet if it starts stinking just flush the toilet and change the water. Mr. Turtle is two big to go down so it's all good. ;D

Plus they love the ride when circling the drain.

baja
02-12-2009, 10:07 AM
I'm callin PETA

bronco militia
02-12-2009, 10:10 AM
cool ...free soup!

http://static.zooomr.com/images/3594555_ad6b3bd65e.jpg

bronco militia
02-12-2009, 10:11 AM
You could do what a friend of mine did, get a larger size turtle (5 or 6 inches) and keep him in the guest room toilet if it starts stinking just flush the toilet and change the water. Mr. Turtle is two big to go down so it's all good. ;D

Plus they love the ride when circling the drain.

Hilarious!

Taco John
02-12-2009, 10:13 AM
You could do what a friend of mine did, get a larger size turtle (5 or 6 inches) and keep him in the guest room toilet if it starts stinking just flush the toilet and change the water. Mr. Turtle is two big to go down so it's all good. ;D

Plus they love the ride when circling the drain.



Sounds like Dante's 4th level of hell to me. How cruel.

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 10:13 AM
You could do what a friend of mine did, get a larger size turtle (5 or 6 inches) and keep him in the guest room toilet if it starts stinking just flush the toilet and change the water. Mr. Turtle is two big to go down so it's all good. ;D

Plus they love the ride when circling the drain.

Ha!

Are you going to sit on that thing with a snapping turtle down below?

Not me.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 10:14 AM
You could do what a friend of mine did, get a larger size turtle (5 or 6 inches) and keep him in the guest room toilet if it starts stinking just flush the toilet and change the water. Mr. Turtle is two big to go down so it's all good. ;D

Plus they love the ride when circling the drain.


Now we are getting somewhere

Taco John
02-12-2009, 10:15 AM
I honestly cant imagine trying to eat a turtle after smelling the foul bastard.

Uh -- have you ever been in a chicekn coop? Imagine a chicken in a tank inside your home.

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 10:17 AM
I'll bet Beezer likes turtle.

NFLBRONCO
02-12-2009, 10:19 AM
Is its name Favre

Needa Pass Rush
02-12-2009, 10:27 AM
Hi Dortoh!! :thanku: !Booya! :thumbsup: Ha!

Turtles can carry a harmful germ called Salmonella. If there are infants or small children in your home, turtles are not good pets for your family.


http://www.cdc.gov/Features/TurtlesSalmonella/

baja
02-12-2009, 10:29 AM
Sounds like Dante's 4th level of hell to me. How cruel.

Well I would always take him out before I took a dump unless it was an emergency. He seemed to understand...

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 10:32 AM
Hi Dortoh!! :thanku: !Booya! :thumbsup: Ha!

Turtles can carry a harmful germ called Salmonella. If there are infants or small children in your home, turtles are not good pets for your family.


http://www.cdc.gov/Features/TurtlesSalmonella/

Well now I've got a good reason to get rid of the thing.

dbfan4life
02-12-2009, 10:42 AM
Well now I've got a good reason to get rid of the thing.

Should I have posted a link with my "my son got salmonella from a turtle" post for you to believe it? Jerk!



JK! But seriously, I would not even bother with another reptile after dealing with diarrhea diapers for 6 weeks straight.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 10:44 AM
Should I have posted a link with my "my son got salmonella from a turtle" post for you to believe it? Jerk!



JK! But seriously, I would not even bother with another reptile after dealing with diarrhea diapers for 6 weeks straight.

I just figured your turtle was an asshat :)

I didnt really realize it was such an issue. This gives me grounds to be mean dad and get rid of the turtle.

kamakazi_kal
02-12-2009, 10:48 AM
release them in the nearest golf course pond...........

baja
02-12-2009, 10:50 AM
Or tee it up and slice it into the pond center. Or maybe the aerodynamics are such it will hook.. Who knows.

Quoydogs
02-12-2009, 10:53 AM
release them in the nearest golf course pond...........

Feed the live gold fish. I had two they are vicious little things. If your water stinks it's what you are feeding them,or lack of filtration. PM me if you want and I will tell you what you need. I had two of them for 12 years.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 11:03 AM
Feed the live gold fish. I had two they are vicious little things. If your water stinks it's what you are feeding them,or lack of filtration. PM me if you want and I will tell you what you need. I had two of them for 12 years.


I do actually like them. The snaping motion when eating is pretty awesome. I've yet to put any fish in there but will.

I'm using a 15 gallon filter system in a 10 gallon tank. I think I will try a full scrub down of the tank tonight with vinger (that is what someone else suggested)

PaintballCLE
02-12-2009, 11:40 AM
I do actually like them. The snaping motion when eating is pretty awesome. I've yet to put any fish in there but will.

I'm using a 15 gallon filter system in a 10 gallon tank. I think I will try a full scrub down of the tank tonight with vinger (that is what someone else suggested)

go to walmart......( i hate walmart too but its cheap for this kinda ****)

Get the 55 gallon filter (the over the back style).......cure your problem in no time

Taco John
02-12-2009, 11:44 AM
Use this as a learning opportunity for your kid. Not every dad gets a chance to teach their kid how to make a good turtle soup.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 11:52 AM
Use this as a learning opportunity for your kid. Not every dad gets a chance to teach their kid how to make a good turtle soup.

Can you imagine the mental health bills down the road Ha!

"So um my dad bought me a turtle, I named it Ferb, then he cut its head off and stuck it in some boiling water"

LOL

Los Broncos
02-12-2009, 11:56 AM
Had just about the same one as a kid, he got water logged, had way to much water in the tank.

Taco John
02-12-2009, 11:57 AM
Can you imagine the mental health bills down the road Ha!

"So um my dad bought me a turtle, I named it Ferb, then he cut its head off and stuck it in some boiling water"

LOL

Boiling water!

I'm talking man stuff like hot coals.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 12:00 PM
Had just about the same one as a kid, he got water logged, had way to much water in the tank.

Whoa wait tell me more of this "water logging" option um I mean issue

dbfan4life
02-12-2009, 12:07 PM
I do actually like them. The snaping motion when eating is pretty awesome. I've yet to put any fish in there but will.

I'm using a 15 gallon filter system in a 10 gallon tank. I think I will try a full scrub down of the tank tonight with vinger (that is what someone else suggested)

The turtle was pretty cool. For a while, every time we got near it, it would dive into the water. After a while, it would just chill on its little perch and stick its neck out to bask under the light. Then it got my son sick and I didn't think it was too cool after that.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 12:09 PM
The turtle was pretty cool. For a while, every time we got near it, it would dive into the water. After a while, it would just chill on its little perch and stick its neck out to bask under the light. Then it got my son sick and I didn't think it was too cool after that.

Ive been reading about that. I guess hand washing is the best line of defense. It also sounds like young children 5 and under are more at risk. How old was your son at the time?

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 12:10 PM
The turtle was pretty cool. For a while, every time we got near it, it would dive into the water. After a while, it would just chill on its little perch and stick its neck out to bask under the light. Then it got my son sick and I didn't think it was too cool after that.

Its all a moot point anyway this thing stinks and unless a solution is found quick I cant have it in my house.

broncosteven
02-12-2009, 12:13 PM
The boy really wanted one and I thought what the hell how hard can it be to care for a ****ing turtle???

Dont get me wrong it is pretty damn cool and I love all animals.

Here is the problem. The son of a b**** makes his tank & water smell up the whole freaking house within 2 days. I mean a nasty ass smell. I change the water every day or two and have a water filter thingy running 24/7

Any turtle experts got any advice???

http://www.allturtles.com/turtlepics/2jade133.jpg

Stop pissing in his tank, the turtle tank is not a sump pump pit or sink.

Los Broncos
02-12-2009, 12:24 PM
Whoa wait tell me more of this "water logging" option um I mean issue

My grandmother thought it would be a good idea to fill the tank to the top.

Not good, only about half way or so.

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 12:26 PM
Does your son know how to play baseturtle?

ElwayMD
02-12-2009, 12:28 PM
The boy really wanted one and I thought what the hell how hard can it be to care for a ****ing turtle???

Dont get me wrong it is pretty damn cool and I love all animals.

Here is the problem. The son of a b**** makes his tank & water smell up the whole freaking house within 2 days. I mean a nasty ass smell. I change the water every day or two and have a water filter thingy running 24/7

Any turtle experts got any advice???

http://www.allturtles.com/turtlepics/2jade133.jpg

Gotta have good filtration with a turtle. That's the biggest problem people have. If you got a filter that just works for the size tank you got you should upgrade it to one that will filter twice the amount of water per hour.

Second make sure to sanitize your hands every time you handle the guy, you can give him harmful bacteria and he can give you salmonella if the tank is very dirty.

Feeding the turtle is also important. If he doesn't eat his food within about 20 minutes take all the excess food out of his tank. That will help with the smell too. If it's eating everything you give him just double check to see if you are over feeding him.

I'm sure you got him a basking lamp and rock. Other than that turtles are pretty easy to care for any are fairly disease resistant as long as their water is clean.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 12:31 PM
Gotta have good filtration with a turtle. That's the biggest problem people have. If you got a filter that just works for the size tank you got you should upgrade it to one that will filter twice the amount of water per hour.

Second make sure to sanitize your hands every time you handle the guy, you can give him harmful bacteria and he can give you salmonella if the tank is very dirty.

Feeding the turtle is also important. If he doesn't eat his food within about 20 minutes take all the excess food out of his tank. That will help with the smell too. If it's eating everything you give him just double check to see if you are over feeding him.

I'm sure you got him a basking lamp and rock. Other than that turtles are pretty easy to care for any are fairly disease resistant as long as their water is clean.

Yep he has a little docking area and a lamp. It sounds like I need a bigger filter.

dbfan4life
02-12-2009, 12:36 PM
Ive been reading about that. I guess hand washing is the best line of defense. It also sounds like young children 5 and under are more at risk. How old was your son at the time?

That was about a year ago so he was right around 2. I really fault myself on that. We had the turtle on what we thought was a high enough stand but kids will find a way to get into things they're not supposed to. Hand washing is definitely a must. Like I said, it was cool for the short time we had it.

Taco John
02-12-2009, 01:04 PM
Handwashing is ok for people who don't have an appreciation for the natural seasoning that nature provides for us free of charge. I guess...

Tom H.
02-12-2009, 01:19 PM
http://en.allexperts.com/q/Turtles-3543/Sideneck-Turtle-Stinky.htm

Answer
LOL! You have fallen victim to the Great Turtle Scam.

Turtles are often sold as cheap, easy to care for, animals with simple needs. Most turtles are sold with far-too-small tanks and filters, wrong foods, etc.

The reality is this: Turtles have three basic needs-

1. Good water. "Good water" is a BIG tank, at least 10 gallons of actual water per inch of shell length. It is warm (75-80F), and clean. Unfortunately, because of the amount of waste a turtle produces, you need a BIG filter to deal with the wastes. We recommend about 3 times the size the tank usually needs- so a 20 gallon tank would need a 60 gallon filter. A good filter will run about $75-100.

2. Good sun. Turtles worship the sun, and need the opportunity to do so in captivity. We offer a good basking site, something that is easy to climb without hurting the turtle (driftwood is my favorite). Then, we heat the basking site to about 90F. We usually use a basking light to both illuminate and warm the basking sites. Offering UVB light helps as well, but needs a special bulb.

3. Good food. Most water turtles do best on a mix of about 1/2 good pellets, and the rest live or frozen/thawed 'fish foods' like small fish, krill, shrimp, insects, worms, etc.

Cover these three basics- which admittedly costs money and takes some work- but once you get it going well, it goes on its own pretty well.

Now- big tanks seem like a pain, but they also stay cleaner a lot longer. Combine the right diet, a big tank, a big filter (of a good design), and about a weekly 'siphon vacuuming' of the bottom of the tank (you would be amazed at how much of the stink is coming from food and waste in the gravel!)- siphoning out and changing about 1/4th of the water- and you get close to crystal clear, odorless water!

You should review the 'filtration' article (and other offerings) at http://www.austinsturtlepage.com (http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/) for lots of helpful information.
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Hotrod
02-12-2009, 01:28 PM
http://en.allexperts.com/q/Turtles-3543/Sideneck-Turtle-Stinky.htm

Answer
LOL! You have fallen victim to the Great Turtle Scam.

Turtles are often sold as cheap, easy to care for, animals with simple needs. Most turtles are sold with far-too-small tanks and filters, wrong foods, etc.

The reality is this: Turtles have three basic needs-

1. Good water. "Good water" is a BIG tank, at least 10 gallons of actual water per inch of shell length. It is warm (75-80F), and clean. Unfortunately, because of the amount of waste a turtle produces, you need a BIG filter to deal with the wastes. We recommend about 3 times the size the tank usually needs- so a 20 gallon tank would need a 60 gallon filter. A good filter will run about $75-100.

2. Good sun. Turtles worship the sun, and need the opportunity to do so in captivity. We offer a good basking site, something that is easy to climb without hurting the turtle (driftwood is my favorite). Then, we heat the basking site to about 90F. We usually use a basking light to both illuminate and warm the basking sites. Offering UVB light helps as well, but needs a special bulb.

3. Good food. Most water turtles do best on a mix of about 1/2 good pellets, and the rest live or frozen/thawed 'fish foods' like small fish, krill, shrimp, insects, worms, etc.

Cover these three basics- which admittedly costs money and takes some work- but once you get it going well, it goes on its own pretty well.

Now- big tanks seem like a pain, but they also stay cleaner a lot longer. Combine the right diet, a big tank, a big filter (of a good design), and about a weekly 'siphon vacuuming' of the bottom of the tank (you would be amazed at how much of the stink is coming from food and waste in the gravel!)- siphoning out and changing about 1/4th of the water- and you get close to crystal clear, odorless water!

You should review the 'filtration' article (and other offerings) at http://www.austinsturtlepage.com (http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/) for lots of helpful information.
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This is exactly what has happened. After todays research they sold me a tank that is about 1/2 as big as it should be and a ****ty ass filter. Son of a bitch Ha!

Time to break out the old wallet or make turtle soup :nono:

ludo21
02-12-2009, 01:32 PM
ive learned so much info on this thread about turtles.

Now I know never get one of those things. Just enjoy them from a distance, like on tv.

vancejohnson82
02-12-2009, 01:40 PM
i came here to learn about the broncos, and left informed about turtles...

ahhhhhh, the internets

Bronx33
02-12-2009, 01:41 PM
I just went throught this stuff with my daughter i went to bigger filters and it really doesn't help we ended up giving the turtle back to the pet store and cut our loses she settled for hermit crabs but have you thought about getting afish tank set up ( i have had one for years and the fish are replaceable.

broncosteven
02-12-2009, 01:44 PM
i came here to learn about the broncos, and left informed about turtles...

ahhhhhh, the internets

Griese played like a turtle if that adds to your Bronco INternets knowledge.

broncosteven
02-12-2009, 01:46 PM
Are turtles Hillbilly pets? They have one featured on My name is Earl. I only watch because the blond is smoking hot. I also watch Kath and kim because the brunette is smoking hot. Not sure I would waste my time on either if the chicks weren't hot.

Quoydogs
02-12-2009, 01:53 PM
Are turtles Hillbilly pets? They have one featured on My name is Earl. I only watch because the blond is smoking hot. I also watch Kath and kim because the brunette is smoking hot. Not sure I would waste my time on either if the chicks weren't hot.

Not to hijack this thred but the Presley chick in naked in Poison Ive and I might say she has the nicest ass ever!!!

baja
02-12-2009, 02:01 PM
Ive been reading about that. I guess hand washing is the best line of defense. It also sounds like young children 5 and under are more at risk. How old was your son at the time?

You could also wash the turtle once and a while in the washing machine but you should use the delicate cycle and half the soap.

vancejohnson82
02-12-2009, 02:03 PM
i guarantee this turtle could fill in at SS and our defense wouldn't miss a beat

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 02:05 PM
You could also wash the turtle once and a while in the washing machine but you should use the delicate cycle and half the soap.

But don't tumble dry.

broncosteven
02-12-2009, 02:07 PM
Did anyone see the Suite Life of Zach and Cody where they let a bunch of roaches loose in the hotel?

Annoying Disney crap but the Blonde in that show is hot also.

broncosteven
02-12-2009, 02:08 PM
i guarantee this turtle could fill in at SS and our defense wouldn't miss a beat

The Turtle is the reason Alridge got cut.

Atlas
02-12-2009, 02:08 PM
The boy really wanted one and I thought what the hell how hard can it be to care for a ****ing turtle???

Dont get me wrong it is pretty damn cool and I love all animals.

Here is the problem. The son of a b**** makes his tank & water smell up the whole freaking house within 2 days. I mean a nasty ass smell. I change the water every day or two and have a water filter thingy running 24/7

Any turtle experts got any advice???

http://www.allturtles.com/turtlepics/2jade133.jpg

God I hate the offseason

Bronx33
02-12-2009, 02:12 PM
The Turtle is the reason Alridge got cut.


The smell was that bad?

baja
02-12-2009, 02:12 PM
Oh and no bleach

Kaylore
02-12-2009, 02:13 PM
By the way, my pet turtle was cool and I never got Salmonella from it. I had him from 6-8 and I certainly didn't wash my hands when I played with him.

broncosteven
02-12-2009, 02:14 PM
The smell was that bad?

it was the better rb

Bronx33
02-12-2009, 02:14 PM
By the way, my pet turtle was cool and I never got Salmonella from it. I had him from 6-8 and I certainly didn't wash my hands when I played with him.


Mormons obviously don't catch stuff. ;D

baja
02-12-2009, 02:15 PM
But don't tumble dry.
That is correct. You should hang them on a sturdy cloths line using only wooden cloths pins and always hang them with their little heads up or else after about 1/2 hour there heads will swell up and explode.

In fact that is where the term "heads up" came from...

Quoydogs
02-12-2009, 02:16 PM
By the way, my pet turtle was cool and I never got Salmonella from it. I had him from 6-8 and I certainly didn't wash my hands when I played with him.

This is only a danger up to a certain size. Once they are bigger then that palm of your hand it no problem.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 02:16 PM
Oh and no bleach

Where do we stand with fabric softener?

baja
02-12-2009, 02:17 PM
Where do we stand with fabric softener?

The cloth strips only the liquid is irritating to his little eyes and assholee.

Bronx33
02-12-2009, 02:18 PM
Where do we stand with fabric softener?



Well just be sure to air dry and not tumbledry on a delicate setting i hear the turtles don't fair well.

broncosteven
02-12-2009, 02:19 PM
The cloth strips only the liquid is irritating to his little eyes and a-holee.

There is nothing like a Turtle with an Irritated a-holee!

baja
02-12-2009, 02:25 PM
Here is a sad result of turtle neglect.

http://www.sandypineswildlife.org/Image53.gif

baja
02-12-2009, 02:25 PM
Or turtle pancake

bronco militia
02-12-2009, 02:28 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8OYLbOdNSLQ/R1sfgAglRHI/AAAAAAAAAMc/aXlQjP4Yrz8/s320/Long%2BNeck%2BTurtle.jpg

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 02:29 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_8OYLbOdNSLQ/R1sfgAglRHI/AAAAAAAAAMc/aXlQjP4Yrz8/s320/Long%2BNeck%2BTurtle.jpg

That is one lucky turtle owner IMHO

bronco militia
02-12-2009, 02:29 PM
That is one lucky turtle owner IMHO

Ha!

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 02:37 PM
Did anyone see the Suite Life of Zach and Cody where they let a bunch of roaches loose in the hotel?

Annoying Disney crap but the Blonde in that show is hot also.

I'll bet turtles would eat roaches. In China, they put toads on strings and leave them in their kitchens overnight. No roaches. ;D

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 02:38 PM
Hey guess what they live for 50 years. WTF is that about. I guess I'll have to include the little asshat in my will

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 02:40 PM
And if you get one of these:
http://www.chelydra.org/alligatorsnapper.images/large_alligator_snapping_turtle.jpg

Keep the neighbor's chihuahua away from it.

BroncoBuff
02-12-2009, 02:41 PM
We have 7 red-ear sliders ... 3 larger, maybe 6" carapace ... and four really small.

baja
02-12-2009, 02:42 PM
Did you know that every turtle no matter the size or species has exactly 13 concentric rings on his shell.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 02:42 PM
We have 7 red-ear sliders ... 3 larger, maybe 6" carapace ... and four really small.

No **** how big of a tank do you have and does it smell???

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 02:42 PM
And if you get one of these:
http://www.chelydra.org/alligatorsnapper.images/large_alligator_snapping_turtle.jpg

Keep the neighbor's chihuahua away from it.

Son of a bitch if I had one of those I bet my red ear slider problems would be over.

theAPAOps5
02-12-2009, 02:49 PM
Son of a b**** if I had one of those I bet my red ear slider problems would be over.

Yeah but then you would have big ass mother ****ing snapping turtle problem. Kind of puts it in perspective!

baja
02-12-2009, 02:53 PM
And if you get one of these:
http://www.chelydra.org/alligatorsnapper.images/large_alligator_snapping_turtle.jpg

Keep the neighbor's chihuahua away from it.

This would solve another problem, the bible thumpers knocking on my gate would diminish.

BroncoBuff
02-12-2009, 03:05 PM
No **** how big of a tank do you have and does it smell???We have two tanks - one for the larger and one for the smaller.

We use those clear, hard plastic rectangular storage modules. The ones with little wheels to slide under a bed. One is 3 feet x 18 inches ... the other 2 feet x 18 inches. You can get them at Home Depot pretty cheap. They're much better than aquarium type enclosures because the sides (walls) are only about 6 inches high, so you can see the turtles and pick them up or whatever easily.

VERY important ... get a full-spectrum light bulb and point a lamp down into one end of the enclosure (another good feature of 6" high walls) because turtles need full spectrum light. Fill the deal with water I suppose 2 or 3 inches deep, but add rocks or something under the light so they can climb up and dry off and bask. They need that.

You have to change the water maybe twice a week ... it will smell after a week or so, more frequent with more turtles.

For food, don't buy the pet store foods, they're too expensive. Just buy a 1/2 pound of salad shrimp at the grocery store deli counter every couple weeks ... they LOVE that stuff.

I'll post pics soon.

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 03:09 PM
We have two tanks - one for the larger and one for the smaller.

We use those clear, hard plastic rectangular storage modules. The ones with little wheels to slide under a bed. One is 3 feet x 18 inches ... the other 2 feet x 18 inches. You can get them at Home Depot pretty cheap. They're much better than aquarium type enclosures because the sides (walls) are only about 6 inches high, so you can see the turtles and pick them up or whatever easily.

VERY important ... get a full-spectrum light bulb and point a lamp down into one end of the enclosure (another good feature of 6" high walls) because turtles need full spectrum light. Fill the deal with water I suppose 2 or 3 inches deep, but add rocks or something under the light so they can climb up and dry off and bask. They need that.

You have to change the water maybe twice a week ... it will smell after a week or so, more frequent with more turtles.

For food, don't buy the pet store foods, they're too expensive. Just buy a 1/2 pound of salad shrimp at the grocery store deli counter every couple weeks ... they LOVE that stuff.

I'll post pics soon.

So you keep them in a plastic box kinda thing? What about a filter? This thing is already about 5" round so I think I have way to small a tank. That is the problem.

Taco John
02-12-2009, 04:13 PM
I don't like the direction this thread is going.

Listen, Hotrod. THIS is what you need:

http://www.appetitebooks.ca/images/cms/Image/Knife.jpg

and


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v482/whitetrashbbq/charcoal.jpg


Let's quit playing around here now. Time to be a man.

Taco John
02-12-2009, 04:47 PM
A good rule of thumb for next time....

Don't listen to pet advice from this guy:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/2790237740_3c2b5a4ec4.jpg

Hotrod
02-12-2009, 04:48 PM
A good rule of thumb for next time....

Don't listen to pet advice from this guy:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/2790237740_3c2b5a4ec4.jpg

LOL thats the guy who "hooked" me up

Bob
02-12-2009, 05:28 PM
The boy really wanted one and I thought what the hell how hard can it be to care for a ****ing turtle???

Dont get me wrong it is pretty damn cool and I love all animals.

Here is the problem. The son of a b**** makes his tank & water smell up the whole freaking house within 2 days. I mean a nasty ass smell. I change the water every day or two and have a water filter thingy running 24/7

Any turtle experts got any advice???

http://www.allturtles.com/turtlepics/2jade133.jpg

I have a box turtle, and as it does not need to immerse itself in water, its much easier...

But anyway, I think a filter would help, and if a portion of the tank could be covered in cedarchips, that can absorb some of the stink??? I guess, it depends on how big of a tank you have. The pet store folks should also have some ideas...

Rohirrim
02-12-2009, 05:37 PM
A good rule of thumb for next time....

Don't listen to pet advice from this guy:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/2790237740_3c2b5a4ec4.jpg

He looks like his shorts are full of "turdles." :rofl:

baja
02-12-2009, 05:51 PM
He is in desperate need of a colon cleanse.

broncosteven
02-12-2009, 08:34 PM
A good rule of thumb for next time....

Don't listen to pet advice from this guy:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/2790237740_3c2b5a4ec4.jpg

Why aren't more chicks lesbos?

PaintballCLE
02-12-2009, 09:20 PM
get a 55 gal tank, and a even bigger filter.............then when that doesnt work..........you can buy him a shark instead........

Los Broncos
02-12-2009, 09:40 PM
A good rule of thumb for next time....

Don't listen to pet advice from this guy:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/2790237740_3c2b5a4ec4.jpg

I'll bet that guy is a KC fan.

BroncoBuff
02-15-2009, 01:43 AM
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/299/524327010lhi4.jpg


This is Wally about 4 years ago ...

Hotrod
02-18-2009, 09:46 AM
For those that are losing sleep at night I've solved my stinky turtle issues and I'm happy to say Ferb is doing just fine :)

Hotrod
02-18-2009, 09:47 AM
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/299/524327010lhi4.jpg


This is Wally about 4 years ago ...

Very cool

any pics of your set up would be greatly appriciated.

Arkansas Bronco
02-27-2009, 04:40 PM
This was a better thread then most of the ones posted today.

By the way hows the turtle HR? You ever get that split custody thing going yet?

Hotrod
02-27-2009, 04:42 PM
This was a better thread then most of the ones posted today.

By the way hows the turtle HR? You ever get that split custody thing going yet?

Actually after much investigation and work I've learned how to keep the turtle from stinking up the house.

He is mine now but of course our lawyers will have the final say on custody.

Arkansas Bronco
02-27-2009, 04:52 PM
Actually after much investigation and work I've learned how to keep the turtle from stinking up the house.

He is mine now but of course our lawyers will have the final say on custody.

Good for you man. Fight with all ya got to keep it.

vancejohnson82
02-27-2009, 05:25 PM
im bumping this to above the Dawkins thread

Arkie
02-27-2009, 09:31 PM
Why aren't more chicks lesbos?

I've wondered this same thing. You've got a nasty hairy asshole vs a fine smooth body. Duh!