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#1 don212

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 08:54 AM

 i have a loggerhead musk turtle that has been living in a 10 gallon tank with a pile of rocks for some time. I have a 40 gallon breeder i would like to put him in with a planted yard in it. I also have a chubsucker who is living in tight conditions in a 29 .  i would like to put him in the breeder along with some minnows,  so does anyone know about  musk turtles? are they night predators, will they attack large fish ? i figure the chubsucker is too big, and the minnows too fast, unless they're sleeping.

 



#2 littlen

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 11:20 AM

The turtle always wins.  If you have the ability to replenish your minnows, keep them with it.  They won't be gone overnight, but see my first comment.  The larger fish will fare better and may not receive any more than an occasional fin nip.  


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#3 Casper

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 11:29 AM

Stripe necked musk turtles, when small, were great in my aquariums and did not eat fish.  They ate turtle food and snails.

Small means about the size of a silver dollar.

 

On the other hand cooters and sliders will eat all your fish!


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#4 gerald

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 12:17 PM

Depends on the individual turtle; not just the species.  Some pick on fish and some don't.  Musks and muds are "generally" less interested in fish than other turtles are.  Probably safer to add the turtle to the fish's tank rather than adding fish to the turtle's tank.  Seniority matters.


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#5 don212

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 02:13 PM

thanks, what do musk turtles usually eat?



#6 gerald

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 10:06 PM

snails, worms. insects, crustaceans, plants, dead things ...  in captivity pelleted reptile food is fine


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#7 keepnatives

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 09:32 PM

I kept a small stinkpot with some native fish and all were fine until one day a male American flag fish got to close and with one lightning fast strike found his head sheared completely off.


Mike Lucas
Mohawk-Hudson Watershed
Schenectady NY

#8 don212

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Posted Yesterday, 06:52 AM

Stripe necked musk turtles, when small, were great in my aquariums and did not eat fish.  They ate turtle food and snails.

Small means about the size of a silver dollar.

 

On the other hand cooters and sliders will eat all your fish!

yertle is about 4 inches now, i feed him fish worms, 






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