The Perfect Pet Turtle Musk Turtle (Stinkpot and Others) Care

lisa127

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I've always wanted a stinkpot. They are native to here though, so can't have them. They are too cute!
 

bronxzoofrank

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I've always wanted a stinkpot. They are native to here though, so can't have them. They are too cute!
Hi..yes, same in several other states. But those not found in-state are usually legal, and several are bred and appear in the trade sometimes...razorback is especially nice, even smaller than stinkpot; striped muds, yellow mud a bit larger, but very manageable, same behaviors. See part 2 of the article and let me know if you need other suggestions, enjoy, Frank
 

lisa127

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I particularly like the stinkpots. My next choice would be eastern mud turtles or 3 striped mud turtles. I just usually don't like to keep water turtles. I hate dealing water heaters and keeping the water clean! That's why I stick to box turtles.
 

bronxzoofrank

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I particularly like the stinkpots. My next choice would be eastern mud turtles or 3 striped mud turtles. I just usually don't like to keep water turtles. I hate dealing water heaters and keeping the water clean! That's why I stick to box turtles.
I' also cursed with an infinity for aquatic animals of all types! Favoring aquatic insects these days...some java moss or plants keep tanks fine for months on end!
 

RUBYsoho

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I' also cursed with an infinity for aquatic animals of all types! Favoring aquatic insects these days...some java moss or plants keep tanks fine for months on end!
Hmm... that being said, lol, maybe you can help me. I'm having a bit of an issue with insects in my tank...

I've had my 20 gallon tank for almost 10 years now and have had pretty much the same fish. My mollies reproduce like crazy, which is becoming a bit of an issue, but that's not even my biggest problem. I just did a water change earlier today and just noticed these tiny, tan-colored insect-like critters on the tops of my tank's plant's leaves (which reach the surface of the water, right below the lighting). At first glance, they looked like fry food, that's how tiny they are. I looked closer, moved a leaf and noticed them not only crawling along the leaves, but also skipping across the water's surface, almost like fleas. There were clusters of them on leaf tops, but none I could see down below the water's surface. I was thinking they were copepods, but I'm not exactly certain, since I have never seen anything like this in my tank. I have two freshwater plants in the tank, and lately they've been growing at ridiculous rates. I'm thinking I may need to cut a bit, since they're basically taking up the entire tank. They also provide great hiding places for fry, which keeps my molly population way too high. I'm not sure what these things are, or if they're bad for my tank, so I figured I'd ask you. I attached a few photos...hope you can see what I'm talking about..they really are very tiny. I'm quite alarmed - hope you can help. Thanks in advance! I appreciate it!

Rich

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bronxzoofrank

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Hi Rich, Unfortunately I'm just coming off a cornea transplant and cannot see very well; but there are so many possibilities that an ID by photo would likely not be poassible anyway. There are many springtail-like insects that fit what you describe; I see them often in swamps and ponds, and have had some take hold in various tanks. Most are harmless scavengers, may be eaten by fish as well. Best, Frank
 

RUBYsoho

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Thanks for the info, Frank! I'm just gonna cut down on feeding a bit, in hopes that my mollies will start eating the insects. That better work - I gotta change the filters soon, and I'm not really looking forward to putting my hands in bug-filled water lol

Thanks again!
 
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