As I had written in Papoe is Catching Up; I am both happy and concern seeing his growth spurt. It’s great that my little Papoe can finally turn to big Papoe (not that soon…but he will); unfortunately his growth brings one major problem!!
My Kurome, a reeves turtle, can’t swim well. I had tested it with Kroten’s tank (which is always full) and he tried so hard to swim to the top so that he could breath. He was moving his arms and hind legs so rapidly; it hurt to see him moved like that. When I brought Kurome home, Papoe was still so incredibly tiny. Papoe is an Emydura Schultzei who can swim in deep water so gracefully.
Because Kurome couldn’t swim well and Papoe was so tiny, I could easily put them together (after making sure Kurome would not eat Papoe).
As Papoe became bigger day by day…I had to stop thinking only about Kurome, Papoe had to be considered too. It’s impossible for him to share tank with Kroten because Kroten doesn’t like other turtle in her tank. She can easily bite Papoe.
I raise the water level a bit as he grew and add more rocks.
As you can see in my previous post (Papoe is Catching Up), Papoe gets bigger and now as big as Kurome. I raise the water level from around 10 cm to around 25cm.
This new water level requires higher basking area…so I have to improvise by putting rocks on a plastic container like this.
Papoe can swim more freely and Kurome can still reach the basking area easily.
But that only works for now!
Soon Papoe will be much bigger, I need floating dock but the place I usually bought my turtle stuff hasn’t sold a new one. Kurome can swim but not as good as Papoe and he needs easy acces to hold on so he can breath.
Adding new tank is impossible because I live in a 4×4 meter room with a room mate. The space is not enough. Kurome, most likely, will not grow much bigger…maybe slightly bigger; but Papoe is going to be much bigger than he is now. He can be bigger than Kroten.
For now, I can relax and improvise…but there will be time when I really don’t know what to do. Papoe needs to swim while Kurome can’t swim well…I love them both equally so I want both of them get what they need.
Hopefully…time will make my brain thinks faster…or maybe anyone out there has a solution for me?