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About Me: i have a mongrel dog called quanquan. my sister picked him up at punggol end one morning when he was a pup when she went cycling, as his leg was injured and it was going to rain. now he's healthy, and has LOTS of character. he's bloody handsome too.

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Nov 4, 2009 » Diseases, Health and Diet » Think my baby turtle got pneumonia (Total replies: 7)
Oct 2, 2009 » Aquatic Plants, Algae and Lightings » where to buy aquatic plants in singapore? (Total replies: 7)
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Diseases, Health and Diet » terrapin dying? Feb 28, 2010 02:25 PM (Total replies: 96)
my terrapin initially also liddat.. i think its because they are scared in the new environment.. keep them in a warm, quiet place for a few days, then see how ba. turtles in the wild can survive quite long without food. And also, even if they don't eat, just drop a pellet in the water at a regular time, and let it soften. Sometimes when the pellet is soft enough then they'll start to eat. clear the water when they are done, or use a scoop to scoop out the 'dirty' water and the remains of the pellet.

also, right, when turtles eat live fish, the process is quite gory.. Cause they'll go for the 'nice' bits first, i.e. fins. So in the end the fish may end up partially eaten and well.. not quite dead. not a nice sight. i didn't experience this firsthand, but that was what i was told. You can try it if you like.

btw turtles love worms, so you can find a bloodworm-based pellet for ur turtle if its really that picky. Don't get frozen live ones, as frozen bloodworms may contain a parasite which is lethal to turtles, unless you are absolutely sure that the source is hygienic. (i.e. avoid made in China products, if possible) Yeah.. just my 2 cents worth.

Diseases, Health and Diet » Water level and lung infection Feb 26, 2010 10:47 PM (Total replies: 6)
firstly, since this is the first time you are keeping a terrapin, i recommend you read some basic turtle keeping info, i.e. on austinsturtle page or, unless your turtle is of a special breed.

all turtles require a sunning spot, that means a dry platform for it to stand on and bask. It will swim when it feels like it, or when its shy. If its trying to submerge but can't, then it possibly has a lung infection. Another sign is that the body submerges unevenly, so it looks off-balance.

An important factor for turtle health (in my opinion) is the age of the turtle. If its those tiny baby kinds (~5cm), i'm sorry to tell you that unless you are a really dedicated, skilled group of pet enthusiasts, it is likely to die pretty quickly.. but if its relatively 'grown up' (~10cm) then you just need to give it what it needs and it should survive pretty well.

as to what it needs specifically, i think the mods will know better than me, so i'll leave it to them All the best in your terrapin keeping!

Diseases, Health and Diet » Think my baby turtle got pneumonia Nov 7, 2009 09:05 PM (Total replies: 7)
the vet treatment went well.. they gave him a vitamin jab, antibiotics. he was quite energetic the next day, could swim without choking, significantly less bubbles/phlegm, all in all quite improved.
but then.. he pull ninja turtle stunt and crawled out of his box cause my sister left a sloped tile too high up.
then.. he fell and was upside down for a couple hours..
when we picked him up he was like abit gong gong, but still okay.
next day very lethargic. i suspected internal damage.
next day.. dead. sian. sorry for all the wasted effort for you guys..
in the end its human error that is most fatal. gah. :'(

Diseases, Health and Diet » Think my baby turtle got pneumonia Nov 4, 2009 11:30 PM (Total replies: 7)
okay thats pretty much what we've been doing.. will update what the vet says and you all can help evaluate if its a right decision lol.. coz the vet i'm going is not a turtle specialist. they usually treat like dogs and cats and rabbits.. lol. i'm abit dubious abt them but for now no choice. try try see how.. :/

Diseases, Health and Diet » Think my baby turtle got pneumonia Nov 4, 2009 11:17 PM (Total replies: 7)
sorry i also got new problem. i think my baby turtle got pneumonia.. he has all the typical symptoms. i have been basking him, and keeping him under a lamp for extra warmth, and put him in a non-drafty corner. my sister is going to bring him to the vet tomorrow, but i have no idea what the vet can do la.. any idea how to save him? i'm scared the pneumonia is quite advanced coz got most of the symptoms le.. sian. now he's not eating and swimming also. very very very lethargic help.

Aquatic Plants, Algae and Lightings » where to buy aquatic plants in singapore? Nov 1, 2009 10:19 PM (Total replies: 7)
thanks i'll go check it out

Aquatic Plants, Algae and Lightings » Algae algae everywhere Oct 20, 2009 07:34 PM (Total replies: 33)
eh sorry just curious. i have a tank (actually its just a big jar) with appx 1-1.5L of water inside, keeping 1 betta. recently it keeps growing green algae. like once a week it will 'algae bloom!' and my jar will turn 75% opaque green within the day. so once i see slightly green i will have to transfer my fishie out and manually clean the tank, using soap and chlorinated water. i know its bad for my fish, but for now i dunno what else i can do..

previously was thinking of adding plants, but cause of the small size, i don't think its very possible. then i read here about all the different kinds of algae-eating fish, was wondering if can add to the tank. will betta attack the new additions? or should i add 1 shrimp? i only feed my betta roughly every 2-3 days.

any ideas?

Aquatic Plants, Algae and Lightings » Duckweed: Should I keep it or not? Oct 20, 2009 07:20 PM (Total replies: 12)
hihi, i'm interested in keeping duckweeds. is it possible to pass me a few? coz i got a betta, and RES, and i think it would be good to include some duckweeds in both their tanks. terrapin = food, betta = filter/shade. good idea anot?

Aquatic Plants, Algae and Lightings » where to buy aquatic plants in singapore? Oct 20, 2009 07:07 PM (Total replies: 7)
oh okay. i'll go read up more about keeping aquatic plants then thanks

Diseases, Health and Diet » terrapin dying? Oct 13, 2009 06:45 PM (Total replies: 96)
if you had done your proper research, RES are not supposed to live under 20deg C. so if your office is lacking that then.. shift them. and RES also need DIRECT sunlight. not pass through window then pass through glass/plastic tank walls kind of sunlight. coz these little guys need UVA and UVB in order to manufacture certain vitamins. like us humans need sunlight for vit D, ya? so take note. and you might want to try vitA drops in a feeding tank to entice them to eat. i.e. fill a small container with some dechlorinated (if possible) water, then drop the vit A drops in according to label. Stir the water, then put your little guy in, along with a few food pellets. Let him be for about 1/2 hour, unless he has difficulty swimming. No need basking rock, as the main idea is to get him to eat. Once time is up, put your little guy back into main tank, throw away uneaten food, wash container with soap, never put food in that container again. lol.

p.s. try getting frozen bloodworms from aquarium stores, then thaw some and try feeding. It broke my turtle's 'starve-to-death' problem. I put my little guy into feeder tank then using tweezers, then wiggled a thawed bloodworm in the water in front of his face. He ate it and has no problem eating now. Pellets may be too big for baby turtles to bite.

good luck with your last guy!! jiayou! don't give up! turtles are usually hardy creatures and can bounce back even from seemingly hopeless situations.

Aquatic Plants, Algae and Lightings » where to buy aquatic plants in singapore? Oct 2, 2009 03:39 PM (Total replies: 7)
by aquatic plants i mean those that LIVE in the water, not just submerged leaves that will rot after a few days, i.e. hydrilla. also looking for duckweed for my baby turtle to eat. Anyone knows any such sellers? please and thanks!

Fish Species and Compatibility » Horrible Lessons learnt *ouch* Oct 2, 2009 03:34 PM (Total replies: 25)
sorry quite evil, but i found some, if not most of the accidents funny. here's some of mine too:

1. when young i used to keep 1 fighting fish. one day i left it in the kitchen to change water, near the bamboo poles holder. my dad came back from work, took one pole down to take his clothes, but the pole slipped, drop into my tank, hit my fighting fish. i knew it was going to die, but that time still young, optimistic, so i thought it will magically heal in time. i guess it died a painful death cause its back was bent (broken, probably) and it couldn't eat. i also didn't administer any medication, and kept it in a dumb inhumane manner - 1 maybe 1 litre or less tank with no filtration, no plants, change water once every 2 weeks or so. so stupid back then. sigh.

2. recently, my sister bought 2 baby turtles. see, wrong already right from the start. 2nd pet to choose go choose turtle. 1 got fungal infection, we didn't know what it was, so we left it be. we only start to worry when they didn't eat for 1 week plus. by that time i go do research also found out most of the turtle basics, and realized we were doing wrongly almost 100%. again, no filtration, but at least got basking spot. the sick turtle died, but passed on infection to the second turtle. thankfully the second turtle strong, and with proper care, managed to heal, albeit very slowly.

1. research your pet before you get it. parents should teach children also, when getting new pet. no such thing called 'too young to understand'.
2. make sure you have the right equipment, and be willing to spend for pet's upkeep. (especially aquatic pets.) pet is not plant. its not just put one corner water regularly, fertilize regularly, then enough.
3. quarantine new pets, don't keep together. high chance of bringing more trouble to yourself.
4. never use a pet as a gift. its like dumping responsibilities on others. if they wanted one they would have long gotten their own pet. if they don't own is most likely cause they don't want the hassle of keeping one.

cheers. sorry for bad english.

Diseases, Health and Diet » terrapin dying? Oct 2, 2009 03:01 PM (Total replies: 96)
hey after reading your post on shedding.. i think my little fella is shedding. not fungus. and very definitely not algae. it seems to be clearing up. his skin (if i can call it skin), is now mostly green on his legs, (no longer white) but there is some brown staining between his toes.. for now i'll just leave him be, continue with the regular feeding and see how it goes.

just a slight worry though (yes i do worry alot. probably too much ), my little fella is still not swimming.. like every time i see him he's basking on the rock, whereas when we first got him he was a water baby and we had to isolate him to get him to bask. is this a cause for worry?

Diseases, Health and Diet » terrapin dying? Sep 29, 2009 09:11 PM (Total replies: 96)
oh haha okay.. i was thinking of letting them interact now cause my fish is about the same size as my little guy; but if either would eventually end up as food then i guess i'd rather not risk it

Oh yes, forgot to mention the 'coat' is kinda flaky, like the scales might be dropping off or something.. i'll try to get a picture or two in tomorrow, when he's awake and basking. thanks for all the help so far!

Diseases, Health and Diet » terrapin dying? Sep 29, 2009 08:47 PM (Total replies: 96)
hmm not sure which problem it is, but its like a white coating on his front feet, and a brown mucky thing on the webbing part of his back feet. It looks like he is improving, as he is less lethargic now, despite the fungus/algae, and he has been eating regularly.

by the way just a side question.. can my RES live with a fighting fish?

Diseases, Health and Diet » terrapin dying? Sep 27, 2009 10:12 PM (Total replies: 96)
wow! i'm surprised they recovered so quickly. congrats!

right now my RES only eats bloodworms, and i managed to con him into eating a bite of spinach. not sure if i'm overdosing him on iron, but he doesn't seem keen on veggies... heh... i'll try to find some kangkong, see if he likes..

and he won't touch food pellets for hell. or turtle food sticks either. my sister and i have tried 3 types so far, and he hasn't eaten a bite from them.. and if we leave them in the water, the water will foul up and his eyes will swell.. right now with his algae-fied feet, he's not too agile in the water, though he does put in considerable effort in chasing the bloodworms around and eats about 10 (or 20 if we let him eat till he's full) per feeding, twice daily. His shell length is abt 1.5in, though it is more circular than the usual turtle's. He used to be very active, but now is less so, particularly in the evenings. I suspect its the fungus/algae.

on a side note, his front feet seem to be clearing up, though they are still swollen we are also regularly spraying an antifungal spray on all his limbs twice a day, bought from a nearby fish store, which was recommended by the owner for reptiles. we also sun him under supervision in the mornings in a dry tank, and once more in the late afternoon if the morning sun wasn't strong.

probably part of the fault of all his illness lies in the fact that we keep him in about 8L of water only, as compared to the 10 gallons per inch of shell length recommended. lol. and no filters. we just change the water on a daily basis. hurm.. any other ideas/comments? i intend to purchase a larger tank/aquarium with a strong filter when i start earning $$ (hopefully Dec, with luck). Would appreciate if you guys could tell me whether i'm doing the right thing for my little fella, since hes my first reptile pet, after all. heh.. thanks in adv!

Diseases, Health and Diet » terrapin dying? Sep 25, 2009 06:10 PM (Total replies: 96)
hey i also had 2 baby turtles, and one died. your turtles behaviour sounds suspiciously close to mine just before he died.. the second one caught the first turtle's fungal infection, and now is also slowly withering away. sucks. my mom also refuses to let me bring them to the vet cause she doesn't want the hassle of taking care of them in the future. she pretty much told me in my face she hopes it dies soon. bloody hell right.

try keep them dry, and buy frozen bloodworms from aquarium stores. if they don't have fungus or illness, they have a high chance of survival. swollen limbs are a sign of blood poisoning, swollen eyes a lack of vit A. Try thawing a cube of bloodworms and rinse them in tap water, then use tweezers to pick them up, and wiggle them in front of your turtles. Aquatic turtles only eat in water, so put them in the water first. Once they start eating, they can at least start to build some form of immunity and have hopes of survival. Moving food also has much higher appeal to baby turtles. Buy or just pluck a few pieces of duckweed and let them float on the surface of the water. Turtles need veggies too.

And remember to change the water every day, especially if your tank has no filtration system. De-chlorinate the water as it may irritate your turtle's eyes. check out and

Diet, Nutrition & Supplements » Discussing various kibble brands (Part 1) Nov 8, 2008 10:28 AM (Total replies: 1,651)
cool! when it reaches singapore, i'll probably have a go at it too.
but for now i'll stick to origen.

Diet, Nutrition & Supplements » Discussing various kibble brands (Part 1) Nov 4, 2008 03:06 PM (Total replies: 1,651)
super 5 mix. okay i'll go get that then. thanks alot!

Diet, Nutrition & Supplements » Discussing various kibble brands (Part 1) Nov 3, 2008 11:37 PM (Total replies: 1,651)
Hi all. Long time no visit this thread.. Btw, i'm facing another Origen Shortage too.. My mom only told me no more kibbles this morning.. So he have to HCF for the next few meals while i hunt more kibbles again, as the regular store hasn't got new stock of Origen yet..

So now i'm looking for opinion.. Which brand of kibbles do you think is best next to Origen? From the last few posts it currently looks like Wellness, but i don't think they sell puppy food? If not then where do you guys find it? Sorry but i need this info quite quickly coz Quan is 100% no more kibbles by 9am tomorrow morning.

And with regard to food brand switching, thankfully Quan has no such problem, so its okay. At least for my dog.

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